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5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago – Part 1: Northwest Pavilion

Note: This is only a small sampling of many of the excellent ciders we had an opportunity to taste. Because of a vast number of producers present we will be highlighting Cider Summit Chicago over several posts.  Last weekend was the 5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago put on by SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective. This year there were 170+ selections …

CiderCon 2017 – Tasting: French Perry

A late start to the day began with a French Perry tasting. The attendees in the packed room had the opportunity to taste perrys (poire in France) from two producers- Ghislaine Davy from Cidererie Daufresne (which we previously reviewed here) and Guillaume Drouin from  Christian Drouin Estate in Normandy In the mid-1900s, Normandy, France had ~500k pear trees, but by 1999 only …

3rd Annual Virtue Cider Stone Fence Competition & Mitten Drive – Recap

This past Sunday Sean and I went to Virtue Cider’s Stone Fence Competition at The Chicago Athletic Association’s Stagg Court – A renovated basketball court. Stone Fence is a simple cocktail that has been around since the late 1700s. More traditional versions are made with a couple of ounces of rum, brandy or bourbon mixed with hard cider. The cocktails we had …

3rd Annual Virtue Cider Stone Fence Competition & Mitten Drive

On January 29 Virtue Cider will be hosting their 3rd Annual Stone Fence Competition & Mitten Drive. The Stone Fence Cocktail Competition brings together a dozen of Chicago’s top bartenders to compete with their take on a traditional American cider-based cocktail, the Stone Fence – which is a blend of rum and hard cider. The event will be held: Sunday, January 29, …

It’s Back…Cider Summit Chicago

Cider Summit Chicago is one of our favorite cider events. The 5th Anniversary Cider Summit Chicago (presented by Binny’s Beverage Depot) is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017, in two sessions – 11am-3pm & 4pm-8pm, at the at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The strictly 21 & over event, which was co-founded by Alan Shapiro, celebrates local, regional and international …

Fall Cider Season: Angry Orchard Walden Hallow

Cidery: Angry Orchard (Walden, NY) Cider: Walden Hollow* Serving: 750mL Bottle Style: Traditional Cider Availability: Year-round   Apple picking season has ended here in the Midwest, but we are excited about the fall hard cider season! Fall hard ciders are those that we think pair great with traditional fall holiday foods (e.g., Thanksgiving). Our first fall cider review of the …