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 …

Spring Break Cider Road Trip: Part 3

During the third (and final) part of our spring break trip we drove up the Leelanu peninsula and visited several wineries and cideries including 45 North, Black Star Farms,  Tandem Ciders, Brengman Brothers, and Chateau de Leelanau. 45 North Winery is located on the 45th parallel north – often called the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole. The winery, which was established …

Unique Cider: Seattle Cider’s Basil Mint

Unique cider reviews are dedicated to non-traditional cider styles and combinations. Cidery: Seattle Cider Cider: Basil Mint Serving: 1 pint cans Style: Unique Cider Availability: Seasonal; March – May  Seattle Cider is one of our favorite cideries (you can see our reviews here and here). They are good at developing some unique cider combinations and Basil Mint is no different.  The …