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CiderCon 2019: Recap

After a frigid polar vortex, CiderCon 2019 descended on Chicago with almost 1100 attendees from 44 states and 10 countries. Attendance and engagement at the 9th annual conference were the largest for the event in 3 years. The opening general session, which included a presentation from Nielsen, touched on a topic that is important to me – the growth of …

Recap – 5th Annual Stone Fence Cider Cocktail Competition

On January 20 Vitrue Cider held their annual Stone Fence Competition. This year saw a new venue and new competitors. As always, we enjoyed the unique takes on the traditional Stone Fence Cocktails. We profiled every cocktail on IG, but here were some of our favorites. Shelly Mercurio – Dorian’s This was Shelly’s 1st cocktail competition and we think she …

Thanksgiving Cider Parings

Cider is a great alternative to wine for your Thanksgiving table. Considering the cider traditions of the US and the resurgence of the beverage Pick(ing) Cider will be sure to impress your guests. To help navigate the world of ciders, we’ve compiled a list to help you choose the perfect Thanksgiving cider pairings for your holiday feast. Appetizers Sparkling Ciders/Perry Tieton Sparkling Perry Prima …

The Northman Chicago River Cider Cruise: A Recap

2019 Tickets Available Here A couple of weeks ago, Sean and I joined the Northman on the Chicago Riverwalk for a Cider Cruise aboard “Chicago’s Classic Lady” (part of Chicago’s First Lady Fleet). The event was a great start to fall (except it’s still been 80 degrees in Chicago) with several producers sampling cider, light bites, and chocolate. The cruise, which …

Second Annual Chicago Cider Week: Recap

A few weeks ago was the Second Annual Chicago Cider Week. This amazing event celebrated all things cider throughout Chicago. There were way too many events to recap/attend, so here are some of our highlights. Monday         The Northman kicked off the event with Cider School featuring Angry Orchard (check out our summary here.) Tuesday The following day we attended the Cider Education …