Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Understanding American Cidermaking

I think I've been a bit remiss about linking to some pieces I've posted at Good Beer Hunting. They are longer treatments of cideries you've seen discussed here--and they have the very large advantage of containing Michael Kiser's beautiful photography and layout.

It won't be too long until another one goes up on Reverend Nat, and that will be followed by a piece on Bull Run. The idea for the series came from Michael, who flew out to take the photos. I chose the cideries to give a sense of the scope of what's happening in American cider (the interesting stuff, anyway).
  • Rack and Cloth - This illustrates the revival of farm-based, small-batch cidermaking, of a kind that was practiced when the first settlers hit the new world.
  • EZ Orchards - A look at a cidery making very traditional European-style cider (in this case French) with bittersweet fruit, natural fermentation, and long maturation times.
  • Reverend Nat - Perhaps the most American of the American makers, Nat West challenges drinkers to reconsider what cider is.
  • Bull Run - This Willamette Valley cidery is on the vanguard of the industry, planting acres of cider fruit they hope to supply to other cidermakers.
Also, an on-the-horizon note: CiderCon is coming to Portland in early February. I'll definitely be getting more material up before, during, and after the year's signature event.

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