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Join hosts Gabe Cook (cider expert, author), Grant Hutchison (former Frightened Rabbit drummer/current) The Twilight Sad drummer, cider shop owner), Martyn Goodwin-Sharman (cider reviewer) and Producer Scott Riggs (token American) on the podcast where the guys engage in boisterous discussions on cider, music, and life. They’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends happening in the cider industry and chat with fascinating people from the worlds of cider, music, entertainment, journalism and more. They’ll also sample new and interesting ciders and give you an honest review, live on the show. There is no shortage of laughter and fun, so check in to the hotel and enjoy your stay.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Join hosts Gabe Cook (cider expert, author), Grant Hutchison (former Frightened Rabbit drummer/current) The Twilight Sad drummer, cider shop owner), Martyn Goodwin-Sharman (cider reviewer) and Producer Scott Riggs (token American) on the podcast where the guys engage in boisterous discussions on cider, music, and life. They’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends happening in the cider industry and chat with fascinating people from the worlds of cider, music, entertainment, journalism and more. They’ll also sample new and interesting ciders and give you an honest review, live on the show. There is no shortage of laughter and fun, so check in to the hotel and enjoy your stay.

Language:

English


Episodes

The World Needs To Hear The Voices Of Three White Guys (Checking In With Martyn Goodwin-Sharman)

9/22/2023
Join Producer Scott as he chats with NCH Host Martyn Goodwin-Sharman on this special episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! For the fifth and final stop on his 2023 UK tour, Producer Scott traveled from London back to Bristol where it all began. Sitting down with the podcast host that induced the most side-splitting laughter...The guy that told Rainn Wilson to fuck off within five minutes of their interview with him...A man with a heart of gold and the hardest working man in cider, Mr. Martyn Goodwin-Sharman. They started out by discussing what Martyn has been up to over the past year, why his popular Cidershit Instagram account is so quiet lately, what has motivated him to be so damn fit and what's this impending baby news we've been hearing so much about. They also talked about how Martyn's views on cider have changed, his outlook on fatherhood and what the Neutral Cider Hotel means to him. And for this final episode, it was fucking fantastic chatting and laughing with Martyn, a genuinely funny and good human. So, here we are. The final episode of this little mini-series checking in with the guys and a couple of cider makers we love. We really hope you've enjoyed these conversations as much we enjoyed making them. And a heartfelt thank you from all of us at the Neutral Cider Hotel for supporting us for all of these years. We are truly humbled and grateful that you listened, wrote us, left voicemails and just always gave us the motivation to carry on. And, we will carry on. Please feel free to reach out to us on social media, leave us a voicemail or send us a note. We read them all and really appreciate each and every person that listens. Also, do check out the other conversations from this trip in the podcast feed or any other episodes you've missed. Thanks again for listening to the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Threads: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: NeutralCiderHotel Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.net Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel Email: neutralciderhotel@gmail.com

Duration:00:34:19

I Apologize For The Frequent Squeals (Checking In With Grant Hutchison)

9/21/2023
Join Producer Scott as he chats with drummer and NCH Host Grant Hutchison on this special episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! Stop #4 on his trip through the UK finds Producer Scott heading north...to the coastal town of Anstruther in Scotland to spend some time with a cider rockstar and literal rockstar as well as a cider shop owner, Grant Hutchison. Over the adorable squeals of his baby daughter Wren, Grant and Producer Scott got right into a proper chat and spoke about how he's been getting on for the past year. They also talked music and Grant's feelings about getting back into it after Frightened Rabbit ended. You see, last year Grant joined this Scottish band called The Twilight Sad as their drummer and soon after joining, they went on a massive worldwide tour opening for a little band called The Cure!!! So, it was really interesting to hear how that came about. They also talked about his ambitions to expand cider in Northern Scotland, an exciting bit of news about his legendary cider shop Aeble, and his aspirations for the future of the Neutral Cider Hotel. It was so nice hearing two longtime friends (and a wee baby) have a proper catch-up. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as they did. Please do check out the other conversations from this trip in the podcast feed or any other episodes you've missed. Our socials are a great place to stay connected with us (links below), or send us your voice messages and let us know how you’re doing! Thanks for listening to the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Threads: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: NeutralCiderHotel Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel Email: neutralciderhotel@gmail.com

Duration:00:37:08

He Was Literally Crying In The Wilderness (Checking In With Tom Oliver of Oliver's Cider)

9/20/2023
Join Producer Scott as he chats with Tom Oliver of Oliver's Cider & Perry Company on this special episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The third stop on his trip through the English countryside finds Producer Scott still wandering about in Herefordshire, but this time with Tom Oliver at his cidery and farm. The conversation delves into what sets Oliver's Cider and Perry apart from the rest, the challenges of the new UK cider tax scheme and Tom's perspective on the biggest challenges facing cider today. They also explore Tom's passion for music and his long tenure as a tour manager and sound mixer for loads of popular bands including The Proclaimers, Everything But The Girl, Van Morrison and so many more. Finally, Tom explains his love for American Football and his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's a fascinating conversation with a brilliant man that we hope you enjoy. Please do check out the other conversations from this trip in the podcast feed or any other episodes you've missed. Our socials are a great place to stay connected with us (links below), or send us your voice messages and let us know how you’re doing! Thanks for listening to the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Threads: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: NeutralCiderHotel Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel Email: neutralciderhotel@gmail.com

Duration:00:38:26

You Have A Wine Brain (Checking In With James and Susanna of Little Pomona)

9/19/2023
Join Producer Scott as he chats with James and Susanna Forbes of Little Pomona Orchard and Cidery on this special episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The second stop on his trip through England finds Producer Scott in Herefordshire where he spent the day with James and Susanna at their cidery, in their orchards and sampling as much as of their cider as he could. Their discussion includes what they've created over the last year, what their working on this year, some exciting new products outside of cider they are working on (including vinegar!) and what they see on the horizon for their business and cider in general. Some things of note in the episode: Scott's new favorite cider: Little Pomona's To Boldly Go Website to find English ciders in the US: https://store.anxodc.com/ship-anxo-imports We hope you enjoy these special check-in episodes and we definitely plan to get things going again as soon as we can. Until then, please do check out our socials, and send us your messages to have your say in where the guys go next, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing! Thanks for listening to the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Threads: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBWwLBb4m47T-9fbEA6XIYg Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel Email: neutralciderhotel@gmail.com

Duration:00:18:59

Zoom Takes Off 6 Inches (Checking In With Gabe Cook)

9/18/2023
Join Producer Scott as he chats with The Ciderologist and NCH host Gabe Cook on this special episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! Producer Scott recently traveled to England to celebrate Gabe's marriage and while he was there in the English countryside, he cracked out his recording equipment to see what Gabe has been up to since the podcast went on hiatus. Their discussion includes what Gabe's doing now, some ciders he's been enjoying over the past year, his view on where the cider industry is today, what it's like being a father and the future of the NCH podcast. There will be five of these episodes (one new one each day of the week for the week of 18 September 2023) including: Tuesday - James and Susanna from Little Pomona Wednesday - Tom Oliver of Oliver's Cider Thursday - Grant Hutchison Friday - Martyn Goodwyn Sharman We hope you enjoy these special check-in episodes and we definitely plan to get things going again as soon as we can. Until then, please do check out our socials, and send us your messages to have your say in where the guys go next, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing! Thanks for listening to the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Threads: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBWwLBb4m47T-9fbEA6XIYg Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel Email: neutralciderhotel@gmail.com

Duration:00:39:37

Where Are Your Dungarees? (Nat West from Rev Nat's Hard Cider)

6/27/2022
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Martyn Goodwin-Sharman, Grant Hutchison and Producer Scott as they drink dentist cider in the Neutral Cider Hotel! Firstly, congratulations are due for our very own Gabe, as he’s soon to be a dad, don’t worry we’ll make a new bell noise for his latest release, the guys unpack their suitcases with a lot of travels, and someone has had a pesky bout of something wicked… The guys also have a little voice note thanks to the beautiful Producer Scott, and it definitely caps off the first part, before it's off to the news! Gabe details the hot news, with the Cider Salon first up! With heaps of makers, great liquids and a whole host of fringe events, it's sure to be the highlight of the cider calendar for sure! Gabe brags about his new best friend James Acaster, before the guys chat World Cider Day. Martyn shares the good news in London with The London Cider House and Scott announces we've passed the 50 episode mark. Then it's onto this week’s interview, who happens to be the founder of one of the USA’s most pioneering modern cider makers. A self proclaimed die hard craft beer revolutionary, this Portland-based cider maker pushes the boundaries of flavour and process to make the most unusual ciders that (apparently) no one else will make! And if you’re really lucky, he might even officiate your wedding. Checking in to the Neutral Cider Hotel, it’s Nat West from Reverend Nat’s Cider! The guys chat about everything, including the honeymoon suite, starting making cider, the ciders no one else will make, standing up for flavour and fermenting meat in your drinks! It’s a full on chat with a lot of flavour, even if it isn’t right up Grant’s street! Then, the guys close out the show by playing a little game that Gabe created. Its less of a game and more a random stab at a list, and if that doesn’t excite you, you might be a young conservative! And with that, the hotel closes for another month. Please do check out the socials, and send us your messages to have your say in where the guys go next, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing! Bye for now, from the Neutral Cider Hotel! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs The Rest of The Team: Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBWwLBb4m47T-9fbEA6XIYg Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:49:20

May The 4th Be With You (Tom and Lydia from Artistraw Cider)

5/4/2022
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Martyn Goodwin-Sharman, Grant Hutchison and Producer Scott as as they do a deep dive on Star Wars in the Neutral Cider Hotel! Grant Hutchison is back on the podcast explaining why he missed the previous episode’s recording. Gabe lets the guys know that he’s recently won CAMRA’s Campaigner of the Year Award and we’re all so proud of him and his relentless cider (and self) promotion. Finally, Martyn shares a wonderful story of drinking culture in the UK and a night of fun capped off with a vomit shower. Then, it’s onto the news where Gabe details a new release from Strongbow that’s edging into the Hard Seltzer world with their new Dark Fruit Ultra. There’s also a discussion of some of the big cider competitions that are back on this year including GLINTCAP, Hereford Cider Museum and Royal Bath and West Show. Grant reveals that his cider shop (Aeble) has launched a new cider subscription service offering high quality ciders for subscribers throughout the UK. Finally, Gabe and the guys raise a glass to Gabe’s former boss Alex Peckham from Peckham’s Cider in New Zealand as Alex recently passed away from illness. Cheers to you, Alex. RIP. Then it's onto this week’s interview and, as Producer Scott likes to say, it’s a doozy! This week, the guys invite onto the show a couple of committed environmentalists and permaculture practitioners that apply strong sustainable credentials to their cider making. The result is a spectacular range of delicious ciders that we can’t stop talking about. Checking into the hotel is Lydia Crimp and Tom Tibbits from Artistraw Cider! In between loads of laughter, the guys chat about how they got started, getting high on their own supply, their unique and environmental approach to cider, how they work together as a married couple, their obsession with puns and their favorite radio station, Cider.fm! Finally, the guys close out the show by highlighting some of the favorite things they are watching lately which leads to a fairly lengthy discussion of Star Wars movies and shows (The Mandalorian). Thanks for listening and supporting the podcast. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:54:13

Has Cinema Ever Been Better Than Con Air? - (Sam Leach from Wilding Cider)

4/4/2022
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Martyn Goodwin-Sharman and Producer Scott as they laugh themselves to tears at the end of this episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel! Grant Hutchison is away this week, but the show must go on! Gabe lets the guys know about his recent holiday where he met Zimbabwe’s own Nyanga Craft Cider! Impressed by his wares, Gabe got to have the best of the sun, and some wonderful cider, made with the most high-tech equipment! Martyn’s been blending again, but keeping stuff secret until it’s all confirmed! There’s positivity right out the gate as Gabe takes part in raising funds with Drinkers for Ukraine, encouraging solidarity brews, auctions and anything the drinks community can do to help out in their small way. Then onto actual joy, with news brought to the guys attention thanks to Blair, as cider makers bring back an ancient tradition in style. And finally, Gabe gives us the official date of the Bristol Cider Salon, so be there or be square! (An old Americanism, apparently). Then it's onto the interview. The guys welcome the co-founder of one of the UK’s most name-checked cider makers, whose ciders have graced this podcast on more than one occasion. Having achieved local infamy in Bristol with their small field to fork restaurant called Birch, our guest and his wife ditched the kitchen for the orchard to focus on creating ciders exuding grace and skill and with a focus on the landscape they came from. Checking into the hotel today is Mr. Sam Leach from Wilding Cider! The guys chat everything including the first horse of knowledge of the year, orcharding practices, new techniques, Russian Oligarchs in wine, the disappearance of Clive and everything in-between those long arms! Then, it's onto the first listener question of the year and this would have been perfect for Grant as he's a fan of a certain band. Iain from the Pittsburgh Penguins calls in with a little question. And with that, the hotel closes for the month, so please do check out the socials, and send us your DMs, social posts and Speakpipe messages to have your say in where the guys go, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing! Cheers! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:20:24

Gabe Finally Gets His Tax Episode (Cider Tax Special, Barny from Sandford Orchards, Kingsley from Thornborough Cider)

2/28/2022
Join hosts Martyn Goodwin-Sharman, Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Producer Scott as they count down to the end… of the financial year at Neutral Cider Hotel! The guys kick things off with a horse of knowledge, brought out of its slumber, for a dive into Wassail! Martyn didn’t attend, instead drinking cider by the glass at The Old Bookshop, Grant instead listened to a playlist, and Gabe insults Martyn’s height. Then it's onto the exciting main event… TAX! Involved in almost every decision a cider maker in the UK makes, from the packaging, ABV, ingredients to processes, it's one the guys have discussed at length, but this time, it's personal. Or business, I should have written business there. Gabe lays down the law, with in-depth descriptions of the current rules testing even the biggest of cider aficionados and their patience. Then how these are being changed, and what the future may look like once those changes are in place. Grant gives insight into the purchasing and wholesale, and what products might change, and Martyn drinks two ‘made wines’ which will definitely see a change with the new rules. Gabe throws a left or right hook, and the gabe finally gets his minimum juice content conversation back on the table! To help discuss the change of tax in the world of cider, the guys discuss the issue with two makers of different sizes, with Barny Orchards of Sandford Butterfield and Kingsley Ash of Thornborough Cider. First up is Barny, who comes bearing bad news about the unique ciders of bigger markers, his take on the anti-alcohol brigade and what scale he started to form a team. It’s an eye opener for the guys who usually chat on the smaller side of things, before it's over to Kingsley. Talking about the change of the cliff-edge from the previous tax bracket, to business plans, mushroom corks and MPs. If this wasn’t a taxing enough episode, Gabe decided to make a tax-related game. No, really. And with that, the hotel closes for the night, so please do check out the socials, and send us your messages and Speakpipe messages to have your say in where the guys go, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing! Bye for now. We'll see you again next month. Until then, cheers from the Neutral Cider Hotel! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:54:50

I Am A Wine Spurt (Olly Smith, First Waltz Tasting)

1/31/2022
It's out with the old shameless plugs, and in with the new shameless plugs, as Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman check back into the newly refurbished, Neutral Cider Hotel! The guys welcome Season 2 in a wildly unceremonious fashion, but lay down the expectation of a monthly schedule, so get ready for a new and different pace for the show. First things first though as Producer Scott has to ready the sound effects because the author of Ciderology announces his Patreon (Ta Da)! With wonderful exclusives, tier names and writing propositions, there’s plenty to get excited about with Gabe’s latest venture! Then it's onto the news, with a cider subscription service in the UK, the chain Wetherspoons have ditched Strongbow for Stowford Press, and a certain person is not going to Cidercon, so there’s a whole broadsheet in this week’s opening of the show. Then, we have a brilliant chat with national treasure Olly Smith. He’s an award winning communicator, author and podcast host and, without question, the jolliest drinks expert in town, He has regular television spots, books, and Pingu writing credits to his name! The guys chat everything, from Jason Orange, to parents loving Gabe, George Harrison and his Olly's own range of glassware! It's a full, wild ride of enthusiasm from a wine loving guy, who makes it incredibly tempting to pick up a bottle of plonk pronto! After the chat with Olly, the guys drink Little Pomona’s collab with our own Grant; First Waltz. A rich, wild ride that the guys drink and dissect, whilst using a word that doesn’t sound right in a British mouth! The guys then break down how collaborations come together in cider, so definitely a chat you might want to listen to if you’re looking to make something in cider. Alas, that’s the end of the show, so please do check out the socials, and send us your messages and Speakpipes to have your say in where the guys go, what happens in the future, and just let us know how you’re doing. And, thanks for listening. We appreciate you. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:02:04:31

It Was The Perfect Time For Fred Durst To Come Back In My Life (2021 Year in Review)

1/1/2022
Celebrate the death of another year with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman, as they ring out 2021 at the Neutral Cider Hotel! It’s an episode of reflection, as our own Narcissus Gabe jumps on the cider horse and guides the guys down a winding track to hunt a certain cider mole, offending his own mum and Scotch cider makers along the way! As 2020 was eventful to say the least, it felt right to round out the year with an episode dedicated to the sequel and all its highlights. The guys chat everything they’ve loved about the year just gone, with their top moments, tv shows, films, music and of course, ciders. Who will make the list from 2021’s guests? Which host’s tastes do you hate the most and why is it Martyn’s? All these questions and more will be answered in this deep dive into the things that kept the Hotel going, just don’t expect a live show any time soon! And with that, the year is wrapped up officially, and with no plans for any more episodes just yet, the hotel closes its doors. Take care of yourselves, and make sure you drink enough of the good cider to give us a reason to come back at the end of the year! -NCH x Favorite Album of 2021 Martyn: Limp Bizkit - Still Sucks Grant: Olivia Rodrigo - Sour Gabe: Calibre - Feeling Normal Scott: Bo Burnham - Inside Favorite TV Show Martyn: I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Grant: Mare of Easttown Gabe: Succession Scott: The Other Two Favorite Film Martyn: Bo Burnham - Inside Grant: Luca Gabe: The Sound of Metal Scott: Summer of Soul Important Cultural Moment In the episode Top 3 Favorite Ciders In the episode The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:02:18:35

The Cardboard Explosive (Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra)

12/24/2021
Leave out a mince pie and a glass of cider, as Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman slide down the chimney of the Neutral Cider Hotel! After some time off, the boys felt that a one off was the only call to make for you, the listener! They’ve been counting down the seconds it seems, Gabe’s been on the tax filing, Martyn has been with friends of the show Little Pomona for harvest, and Grant has been running two businesses whilst chugging the oatnog! Producer Scott has been getting paid to produce an alternative reality version of the hotel, featuring a sport the guys are unsure of. Gabe and Grant discuss ciders they’ve made and Martyn reveals a secret identity before moving on. For this special Christmas episode, the guys head back to the world of music to talk with the singer and songwriter from Manchester Orchestra, Mr. Andy Hull. With a new album released this year (The Million Masks Of God) and fresh from a recent US tour, the guys have a great conversation covering evertyhing from the anxiety of touring during a pandemic, doubting music, collaborating with Scott from Frightened Rabbit on the song "Architect," cider in Atlanta, sight-seeing in Hull (and the famous Hull accent) to what Andy's music means to a certain hotelier! Then the guys discuss Christmas traditions highlighting some of the ciders they plan to drink on Christmas including Burrow Hill, Little Pomona, Braanland, Eve’s Cidery, Oliver’s cider, Angry Orchard, Westcounty Cider and Sanford Orchards. The guys then wrap up this show with a Christmas game from Martyn! The usual highs and lows are about, we won’t spoil it here, but let’s just say things get tense... And with that, the guys say goodnight, kiss baby Jesus on his head, and check out of the Neutral Cider Hotel. See you soon, NCH x The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:02:23:31

Season 1 Finale (Robby Honda from Tanuki Cider, Surprise Guests)

8/30/2021
Grab your bags, double check you have everything from your room, and head to reception, as Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman check out of the Neutral Cider Hotel. As Season One of the show draws to a close, the guys discuss how it started, who takes the blame for the show, and their favourite moments. Certain things pop up so keep an ear out for some surprises! Martyn finally gets his arms on a bottle of Wilding or Wildling (it’s too late to check which ones which now), Gabe can’t leave out any references to tackle and bait headphones, and grant cuts the unaired bedroom-session episode to ribbons, like a badminton net with a tomato knife. Then it's onto the final interview of the season -- Robby Honda from Tanuki Cider! The guys chat everything: from Robby’s interest in starting a cider company with his brother even though he had no skills to offer, how his family and their history with apple orchards inspired him to start a cider business, his DIY ethic and approach to Tanuki to dry farming in a place where water is scarce, the lore of the Tanuki and the challenges of growing apples in a geography that encounters heat waves, droughts and dry lightning. Robby also turns the tables and asks Grant about drinking and playing drums which leads to a lovely discussion of how cider brings us all together. While chatting with Robby, the guys crack two Tanuki cider bottles; Wild Fermented Gravenstein and, you guessed it, Newton Pippin! Both wonderfully different, equally interesting and downright unexpected in one way, the guys loved cracking some specifically imported stuff for the episode, so thanks again to the guys of Tanuki for shipping over the good stuff! Then it's onto the speakpipes, and you guys honked the pipe for the last show! Featuring new voices and previous guests, you’d be safe to guess that some foxwhelp content will be demanded, opinions will be given, and some lovely little send off messages will be taken to heart by the guys. And with that, we sign the guest book and check out of the Neutral Cider Hotel...for now. See you soon, NCH x The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:02:31:51

It's The Space Between The Notes (The National, The Bristol Cider Salon)

8/23/2021
Get your indie rock sensibilities tuned up with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they build a fake empire at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Gabe kicks things off with a reflection on the Bristol Cider Salon. Beyond the cider makers that stood out (it’s a long list) they also chat about secret fleshy meetings, the awkwardness of being pseudo celebrities, the size of Sam from Wilding's arms, Grant’s overflow status at his table and Martyn’s special “Cider Dance” to the delight of Cider Jim, Gemma and anyone else nearby. Then it’s onto our big interview where we welcomed two-fifths of one of the most successful indie rock bands in the world. The National took the long route to success with the age-old approach of touring relentlessly and writing music for themselves. They’ve worked with groundbreaking artists including Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sufjan Stevens and most recently, Taylor Swift. Checking into the hotel this week, it’s Aaron Dessner and Scott Devendorf of The National. The guys chat everything; being creative during the pandemic, working with Taylor Swift and her Folklore album, touring with Frightened Rabbit, the drain of touring, Martyn’s favorite song from The National, Aaron getting doxxed and the thousands of threats they received, their perspectives on streaming, Aaron’s experience producing Frightened Rabbit’s last full length album (Painting of a Panic Attack), Big Red Machine and what a tour for them might look like, when The National anticipates releasing new music, how they rep their Ohio roots, their process for writing music and their outlook on the future. Finally, we hit the Speakpipe yet again for a couple of great calls. First up, Blair has a question about the influence of certain swamp creature on Scottish children and Timmy Towers wants to know more about terrior and Gabe is absolutely willing to blag it for his longtime friend from New Zealand. Only one more show left of Season One, so make sure to tune in next week for an excellent interview with US cider maker Robby Honda of Tanuki Cider as well as stories about the show and it’s future. We’ll also play everything left in the Speakpipe queue, so if you haven’t called in yet, now is the time. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:43:28

Not Keith Chegwin? (Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard)

8/16/2021
Get ready to rock with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get their apologies in order at the Neutral Cider Hotel! First off, it's a reunion of sorts, with tales of hot sauce, cocoa butter, ghost writers, Gabe’s Book and the reading ability of the Scottish! Grant is in the hotel and the gang is back together. Then it's onto the news where Gabe’s got the facts and he’s talking rubbish. It’s GLINTCAP, and we’re celebrating friends of the show with Once Upon a Tree and previous guest Gidon of Original Sin. Then the nature of a certain live show comes up, have a guess as to who the salty one of the group is! Back onto helping friends of the show’s small side projects, with Biffy Clyro and Death Cab For Cutie both getting the Neutral Cider Helping Hand. Grant’s also got Cheggers in the house? Then it’s onto our interview, this week, we’re welcoming one of the most important voices in US cider making. Growing up in the apple country of Western New York State and having tinkered with home fermentation, he got his big break working for Virtue Cider in Chicago more than a decade ago before becoming the Head Cider Maker at the USA’s largest producer. Famed for collaborations with many of the world’s best producers, including NCH regular, Tom Oliver, and for winning countless awards, today’s guest is a tireless advocate for cider and has been a board member of the American Cider Association since 2014. Checking into the hotel, it’s Ryan Burk from Angry Orchard! The guys chat everything: Ryan’s retirement, spitting on shoes, cow sound effects, mistakes made, fermented weed, the hardcore scene, the greenest place on the planet, and what it takes to make Gold Rush It’s a chat the guys have been waiting to record, and just goes to prove how good a chat the live show would have been, not that we’re bitter or anything. Finally, it's onto listener questions, this time from Diana and Gemma. What magic there is in an alternative Scotland, and even more magic in a heart felt thank you. And, please leave us a voicemail on our Speakpipe page as soon as you can air them on our last few episodes of the season. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:28:50

An Incestuous Jar Of Eggs (Mini Episode - Pandemic Chat, Pickled Eggs, Pub Quiz)

8/9/2021
Grab a pen, put a pound in the pot and grab a quiz sheet with Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, a quick update on our live show at the Bristol Cider Salon scheduled for this Thursday, the 12th of August. Unfortunately, it’s been postponed. For more info on why (COVID) as well as updates on when and where it would be rescheduled, please follow us on our social media pages for the latest news. In this week’s episode, we unlock for you the final never-before aired episode from Patreon vault and it's called “Pub Life”; the guys chat about pubs returning to normal in spring, service and having a baby in lockdown. Then, a ludicrous tale of pickled eggs and The Cock Tavern, and as promised; all the flavours are here. Then, it's onto a quiz to celebrate all pubs around the world. Finally, the guys revisit there pandemic conversation from April and then get into their experience in the world with vaccines! There are still three episodes left before the Season 1 Finale of the Neutral Cider Hotel at the end of August, so please continue to listen and share with your friends. We absolutely appreciate you and your continued support. We also have some great guests lined up for the last three episodes including one "nationally" known that we think you’ll like. Also, please leave us a voicemail on our Speakpipe page as soon as you can so we have a chance to air them before the season ends. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:13:51

Hot Dog Flavored Cider (Mini Episode - Our Favorite Music, Ross On Wye Blind Tasting)

8/2/2021
Join hosts MC G. Sizzle, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get wiggity wiggity whack at the Neutral Cider Hotel. Up first, we want to remind you that the Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is right around the corner. Please join us Thursday, the 12th of August at the Hen & Chicken in Bristol for our first live recording of the show. Get your tickets soon as we want the placed packed for a night of fun, cider and prizes. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to our Eventbrite page. In this week’s show, the guys chat Two Belly and Ross on Wye’s collaboration blend, drainpours and the true nature of hip hop. Music takes a front seat in this week’s show, with the guys discussing albums they were playing ten years ago, so feel free to listen to their suggestions, but only after the episode has finished! Then, it’s onto our feature this week, where once again we opened up the Patreon vault and found a never aired feature called “Hot Dog Flavored Cider”; a blind tasting game featuring the beautiful bottles of Ross on Wye. Expect teamwork, treachery, confusing scoring, and high production values! Also, we’ve finally answered the #releasethefoxwhelpcut by actually releasing some foxwhelp content. We hope our foxwhelp fans (especially Cath) are happy, but also are completely indifferent about it if they’re not happy. This episode closes with a musical epilogue that, I won’t spoil here, but sweet jesus is it good. There are still a few episodes left in Season 1, releasing through the month of August, so please continue to listen and share with your friends. We absolutely appreciate you and your continued support. And, please reach out and leave us a voicemail on our Speakpipe page before the end of Season 1 so we can hear your comments, answer your questions and take whatever you have for us! The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel LIVE SHOW tickets and info: Eventbrite

Duration:01:03:36

Stuart’s Inquiry (Mini Episode - Martyn’s Memory Game)

7/26/2021
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they hold back family insults at the Neutral Cheat Hotel. Up first, we start things off with a plug. The Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is happening this year at the Bristol Cider Salon. Join us Thursday, the 12th of August at the Hen & Chicken in Bristol for our first live recording of the podcast. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to our Eventbrite page. In this week’s show, the guys try to remember what the episode is about, discuss the history of Gabe’s glorious moustache, one of Gabe’s better features, Martyn’s caterpillar, and what could have been. Get your guess in now for Gabe’s job title, if he wasn't the Ciderologist, and also rest in peace David Bellamy. Then it’s onto our feature this week, where once again, we opened up the Patreon vault and found a never before aired feature called “I Can’t Remember.” Martyn, saving the show again, has pulled together clips from previous episodes highlighting tasting notes of ciders they sampled on the show and putting the guys to the test to see if they can identify the cider from the notes. Featuring reluctant adverts, some orrorible stories wilst being trapped in a room, places not being places, Gabe googling in a game again, and just pure memory. There are still episodes coming through the month of August, so please continue to listen and share with your friends. We absolutely appreciate you and your continued support. And, please reach out and leave us a voicemail on our Speakpipe page! We’d love to hear from you. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:00:35

Le Stinky Poo Poo (Mini Episode - Our Good, Bad and Ugly Cider Experiences)

7/18/2021
Join hosts The Good, The Bad and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they gear up for the end, at the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, with the recent announcement of season one coming to an end and the uncertainty of what’s next, the guys get to work on the live show to make sure they make all of their fans that attend, have an amazing time. The Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is happening at the 2021 Bristol Cider Salon. If you are going to be at the Cider Salon or are willing to journey to Bristol on Thursday, the 12th of August, please plan to join guys for a live recording of the show. It’s happening at the Hen & Chicken. Show will start promptly at 8pm. For more details and to purchase tickets, check out our Eventbrite page. Tickets are limited and they will sell out, so get yours now! In this week’s show, the guys take a jab at star signs in place of Mystic Meg, and Gabe gets caught in a cider avoidance scheme, before they discuss the good side of cider. Gabe’s trip to Norway and a surprise apple at Balholm Cider, Martyn’s guest blending with the likes of Pilton and Little Pomona with a new one with Nightingale Cider, and Scott’s gateway through the pod to this little world called cider all make up their favourite moments. Then it's onto this week’s mini episode, which followed on from our conversation with the wonderful Rachel Hendry, so check out her wonderful blog at https://mailchi.mp/23163f3ab868/jadoreleplonk! Our feature this week, we opened up the Patreon vault again and found a never aired feature called “Bad Cider.” Martyn asks the guys about their worst experiences in the world of cider, featuring such hits as boats and service, festival drinking and guided tours gone wrong! And before the guys leave, there’s a message on the Speakpipe, from an anonymous Irish robot... There are still episodes scheduled for release through the month of August, so please continue to listen and share with your friends. We absolutely appreciate you and your continued support. And, don’t be afraid to leave us a message about the podcast, the live show, any of Gabe’s books, auto repair questions or anything else at our Speakpipe! We’d love to hear from you. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:01:11:00

Set The World To Rights (Mini Episode - Sandford Orchards, Kentish Pip, Scottish Slang Game)

7/12/2021
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they ponder the fate of the Neutral Cider Hotel! Up first, with the recent announcement of season one coming to an end and the uncertainty of what’s next, the guys get to work on the live show to make sure it's literally the best show anyone has seen in 2021. The Neutral Cider Hotel LIVE show is happening this year at the Bristol Cider Salon on Thursday, the 12th of August, so please plan to join guys for a live recording of the show. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to our Eventbrite page. In this week’s show, the guys are putting the world to rights. Pulling back the curtain on what it takes to run a hotel, the guys drink the wares of guests that weren’t and ciders that were had but no one heard they were had. We finally taste Sandford Orchards Vintage Series, with a dial-up delay and the wonderful Kentish Pip, featuring the movers and shakers Discovery, and the ever easy Skylark. We also note some cider makers we didn’t have on the show, but had hoped to and want you to check them out. Those include Angry Orchard, The Son of The Smiths Cider in Japan, some traditionalist ciders from the likes of Julian Temperley or Roger Wilkins, Raging Cider & Mead in San Diego and Tanuki Cider. And, for the record, this is not Kingsbury Episcopi! Then, for our feature this week, we opened up the Patreon vault again and found you another great, but never aired feature called “Scotta Get Through This.” Grant challenges the boys on their knowledge of Scottish slang and, let’s just say someone needs to shoogle some sense into them. This is a mini-episode, shorter than usual, but no less fabulous. And, don’t be afraid to leave us a message about the podcast, the live show, any of Gabe’s books, auto repair questions or anything else at our Speakpipe! We’d love to hear from you. The Team: Gabe is a cider expert: The Ciderologist Grant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider Shop Martyn loves to write about cider: CiderShit The Rest of The Team: Executive Producer/Editor: Scott Riggs Music: Billy Kennedy Connect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotel Facebook: NeutralCiderHotel Twitter: NeutralCiderPod Listen and share episodes on our website: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/ Leave us a voicemail: https://www.speakpipe.com/neutralciderhotel

Duration:00:44:45