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CIDRBOX is your subscription to cidermaking in America. Each month we visit a single, distinctive American heritage orchard—where makers grow, harvest, press, and ferment their fine cider like wine—and we ship their hard-to-find cider direct to you. We also sit down for a cider tasting with the cidermaker which we share with you at http://cidersessions.com You must be at least 21 to drink what we deliver, because when we say cider, we mean hard cider: Artful fermentations of heirloom apples by master cidermakers.

"Carbonation variation is more than just a question of its presence or absence. There are a few bubble types that have t...
11/14/2017
About that Bubble: 5 Textures of Cider - CIDERCRAFT

"Carbonation variation is more than just a question of its presence or absence. There are a few bubble types that have to do with fermentation and legal limits. While there are still more ways to carbonate cider, here are five you’ll find in the market."

You’ve probably tasted a cider with lots of fizzy bubbles, and you may have even had a completely still cider. However, carbonation variation is more than just a question of...

Cider Says reviews the Farnum Hill Cider Kingston Black Reserve still cider featured in the September CidrBox by Cidrhou...
10/09/2017
Cider Says

Cider Says reviews the Farnum Hill Cider Kingston Black Reserve still cider featured in the September CidrBox by Cidrhou.se

#spoileralert "I liked this one."

NEW REVIEW AT CIDER SAYS
Farnum Hill Cider Kingston Black #cider from CidrBox by Cidrhou.se

"Rosen says he hopes to help transform Newark through hard cider—not the product, specifically, but the agricultural, ec...
10/06/2017
Newark needs more than an apple to fix its food economy - New Food Economy

"Rosen says he hopes to help transform Newark through hard cider—not the product, specifically, but the agricultural, economic, and labor model he’s built around producing it. It’s an ongoing effort that’s both made breakthroughs and hit snags. But to tell the story of Jersey Cider Works, it’s important to point out that Newark was formerly a center of local food production. That’s thanks in part to an unlikely hero, a speckled, golden apple that was once abundant, then nearly extinct, and now—like Newark—may finally be on the mend."

Includes a shoutout to one of our favorite apples: The Harrison :-)

But it may be a good place to start.

Good piece from a few years back on the re-emergence of the heirloom Colorado Orange Apple and the Montezuma Orchard Res...
10/05/2017
The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Good piece from a few years back on the re-emergence of the heirloom Colorado Orange Apple and the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

"Cider is a beautifully diverse beverage. How do we talk about that diversity and range without confusing the consumer? ...
10/02/2017
USACM Cider Style Guide

"Cider is a beautifully diverse beverage. How do we talk about that diversity and range without confusing the consumer? USACM has adopted a foundational style guide to help unify the language we use to discuss cider."

The new cider style guide from the USACM may help clarify some of the confusion around cider as it's marketed and sold to folks who like to drink cider.

We like that the style guide is quite clear about the kind of cider that CidrBox by Cidrhou.se is focused on seeking out from orchard cidermakers all over America and sharing with our subscribers: New World Heritage Cider.

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"Heritage Ciders are made primarily from multi-use or cider-specific bittersweet/bittersharp apples, heirloom varieties; wild or crab apples are sometimes used for acidity/tannin balance. These ciders will generally be higher in tannins than Modern Ciders. This style encompasses those produced in the West Country of England (notably Somerset and Herefordshire), Northern France (notably Normandy and Brittany), Northern Spain (notably Basque and Asturias regions), as well as New World ciders and others in which cider-specific apple varieties and production techniques are used.

Aroma/Flavor- Increased complexity derived from the cider maker’s selection of apples and production techniques. Common attributes include increased astringency, bitterness and complex aromatics.

Appearance- Typically yellow to amber in color. Ranges from brilliant to hazy, depending on the cider maker’s intention.

Varieties- Commonly used varieties include Dabinett (bittersweet), Kingston Black (bittersharp), Roxbury Russet (American heirloom) and Wickson (crab)."

http://ciderassociation.org/styles

USACM Cider Style Guide

‘Varieties do taste different in different parts of the country,’ says Thatchers’ chief cider maker, Richard Johnson. Wi...
09/29/2017
Bittersweet symphony: Cider apple varieties - Imbibe

‘Varieties do taste different in different parts of the country,’ says Thatchers’ chief cider maker, Richard Johnson. With dozens of varieties in its orchards, from historic apples to varieties that are barely a few years old, Thatchers takes the long view, with a 50-year orcharding plan.

Siting is key, the soils play their part, and the sugars available depend on the vintage. ‘Part of the art [of cider making] is to understand how each type of apple has reacted to the summer,’ explains Aspall’s Henry Chevallier Guild.

http://imbibe.com/news-articles/ciders/bittersweet-symphony-cider-apple-varieties/

Most cider is made up of a blend of different apple varieties, each of which brings something different to the blend. Susanna Forbes tells you how to recog

"Perry can have a lightness, freshness and florality unparalleled by any other fermentation. From zingy grapefruit to lu...
09/26/2017
The Ciderologist Speaks: In Praise of Perry | Perry in the UK

"Perry can have a lightness, freshness and florality unparalleled by any other fermentation. From zingy grapefruit to luscious watermelon and earthy robustness to perfumed elderflower, these drinks can be the most refined and fabulous that can be tasted."

The Ciderologist's panegyric to perry and the pears and the place that makes it so:

https://www.ciderculture.com/ciderologist-speaks-praise-perry/

Gabe Cook AKA The Ciderologist is back with a close up look at perry, the wonderful and mysterious drink, which connects Gabe to his land and his family.

Like most home cidermakers, Hammond and Doumis often deal with the implication that since they are not commercial, they ...
09/26/2017
The Cider That Comes from Beyond the Grave

Like most home cidermakers, Hammond and Doumis often deal with the implication that since they are not commercial, they aren't serious. But I've known them long enough to know they take what they do very seriously. They just don't care to turn it into a job.

Hammond shared a surfer analogy to illustrate: "Do you run up to surfer after they are done with a session and ask how much they made off the waves? Ask them why they don't go pro?" he asked rhetorically. "You're crushing waves and you're enjoying it. You're crushing apples and you're enjoying that."

(Well said Proper Cider)

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/ev4myz/the-cider-that-comes-from-beyond-the-grave

Malus Immortalis, a limited-edition cider, is made of apples foraged from an iconic Brooklyn cemetery.

"Selection – The best of the best.  Most if not all cideries are orchard-based.  These are the types of cideries that ma...
09/26/2017
Cider Says

"Selection – The best of the best. Most if not all cideries are orchard-based. These are the types of cideries that make small batch artisan ciders from heirloom and cider apples (no flavored ciders from dessert apples). Past selections have included Eden, South Hill, Alpenfire, Castle Hill, Kite & String, Windfall Orchards, Foggy Ridge, and Prima.

Rarity – These cideries don’t have a large distribution, and most don’t typically ship. I love trying new ciders, especially those which are very different from what I can get locally, so this is very cool."

Many thanks for the kind and thoughtful review Cider Says! Much appreciated :-) Cheers!

NEW REVIEW AT CIDER SAYS
of the CidrBox by Cidrhou.se #cider subscription service

“Cider is incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Adam Goddu, an associate director and cider expert ...
09/25/2017
Cider Is Replacing Rosé for a Few Good Reasons

“Cider is incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says Adam Goddu, an associate director and cider expert at Murray’s Cheese (the New York City temple of all things cheesy). “The sheer range of styles (still, sparkling, farmhouse, ice, et cetera) means you’ll always find something that will fit your favorite cheese. Good cider is a beautiful balance of acidity, sweetness, and bitterness and will bring out hidden flavors in whatever it is paired with. Most people will think of Cheddar with cider [because apples + Cheddar = magic], but that’s only the beginning.”

H/T Ron Sansone

Health benefits, saving-the-earth benefits, and more.

Pouring the Funkhouse tonight -- so so good. Although it's worth pointing out that this one was named for the apple, not...
09/20/2017
Tasting Kite and String Funkhouse Cider

Pouring the Funkhouse tonight -- so so good. Although it's worth pointing out that this one was named for the apple, not the barnyard aroma.

Kite & String Funkhouse 2016750 ML • 7.8% ABV • 0% RS•Bone dry, lightly sparkling•Limited run: Only 97 cases produced•Bottle conditioned and aged sur lie•Blend of American heirloom, crab, an

09/11/2017
Jeffrey

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Am I the only one that can't wait until the CidrBox by Cidrhou.se shipment this month? Farnum Hill Cider is one of my favorite cideries in the world. Rumor has it that Steve Wood himself is curating the selections. I'll speculate that Extra Dry will be in there. Fingers are crossed that the Kingston Black will make it as well. I have one bottle left from about a year and a half ago that i'm waiting for a special occasion to open.

Dayna Bateman, can you enlighten us as to what will be in the box this month and when we might get to hear from the FHC folks about their thought process on cider, what went into the box, and other discussions?

You can still get in on this box. If you've never tried anything from Farnum Hill, I HIGHLY suggest getting in. It runs about $25 per bottle, but when you think about what a decent bottle of wine costs, you aren't far off. Heck, get with a friend or two and go in on the cost together and have a cider share!

We hope you'll join us in September when we sit down with Farnum Hill Cider Cidermaker Steve Wood for a cider tasting of...
08/31/2017
Ten minutes with Steve Wood of Farnum Hill – bittersharps and sweets – Medium

We hope you'll join us in September when we sit down with Farnum Hill Cider Cidermaker Steve Wood for a cider tasting of the ciders he has curated for our CidrBox by Cidrhou.se subscribers.

Here's a conversation with Steve from a little while back to whet your whistle: https://medium.com/bittersharps-and-sweets/ten-minutes-with-steve-wood-of-farnum-hill-24d0e159410a

In which he shares his thoughts on fine cider, cider apples, the goodness of cider folk, and his addiction to growing things

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