Ryan Burk only wants one thing. The head cider maker at Angry Orchard wants to put numbers on his cider labels. Not just any numbers, either. Burk wants to advertise the year of the apple harvest that resulted in the cider in your bottle.
Thanksgiving wine pairings can be a lot to deal with. Sure, there are the standard pairings, but what if you’re not ready to drop money on varietals you’ve never heard of for family you only see when you have to? There’s always Thanksgiving cocktails, and beer works, too, but there’s another option: cider.
It will be hard to forget the election of 2016. There’s a hard split between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters, not to mention a notable rift in the very parties themselves — and it’s not hard to see where the division comes from. No one can blame you for wanting a drink after an […]
We’re gearing up for one of the busiest, booziest, party-filled weekends of the year — that’s right, we’re talking Halloween weekend. While everyone else is pouring down punch and sipping straight shots, we’re putting a fall twist on a summer classic : sangria. We know what you’re thinking — sangria for Halloween? This must be […]
It’s that time of year, when we all begin asking ourselves “just what in the living hell is Wassail?” The story of wassail is the story of some old school superstition and moonlit cider cheerleading. Really. Apparently the pagan English knew how to celebrate apple harvest in style. The custom of “wassailing” basically involved drinking a […]
Cider didn’t used to be so sexy. Its image – a sipper for a country granny while she kicks it in her rocking chair and talks to her cat – is a marketer’s worst nightmare. But cider, undeniably, is having a moment. Cider hits the current zeitgeist in several sweet spots: it’s artisanal, farm-to-table, and […]
There seems to be an idea that the Irish drink their cider (hard cider, that is) with ice. In fact, both Bulmers (known here as Magners) and Strongbow—both owned by Heineken International—encourage the consumption of hard cider over ice. We were just wondering…why? On one hand it looks perfectly refreshing, and works incredibly well in […]
It’s fall and that means pumpkins are everywhere, leaves are falling and people are building tablescapes out of decorative gourds. It also means a lot of your friends are probably drinking hard cider. But what if you’re new to the whole cider craze? How do you get into cider and look like you know what […]
Despite popular belief, hard cider isn’t always sweet. That said, a lot of it is. So very, very sweet. Despite decades of diversification (and bitter-fication) in craft beer, many of the hard ciders available on our shelves are still hyper-saccharine—like juice that’s been spiked and carbonated (after all, there’s lots you can do with a […]