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Interviewing cidermakers, importers, orchardists, foodies, farmers and cider enthusiasts around the world. Let’s delve into the semantics of cider…or is it hard cider, cidre, sidra or fermented apple juice? The truth is out there in Ciderville and we are going to find it. We toast in celebration of cider; As a libation, a gift from the gods, a taste of terroir, and a hard pressed good time. Ready to quench your thirst? Grab a glass and join this chat! See you in Ciderville!

Interviewing cidermakers, importers, orchardists, foodies, farmers and cider enthusiasts around the world. Let’s delve into the semantics of cider…or is it hard cider, cidre, sidra or fermented apple juice? The truth is out there in Ciderville and we are going to find it. We toast in celebration of cider; As a libation, a gift from the gods, a taste of terroir, and a hard pressed good time. Ready to quench your thirst? Grab a glass and join this chat! See you in Ciderville!
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Interviewing cidermakers, importers, orchardists, foodies, farmers and cider enthusiasts around the world. Let’s delve into the semantics of cider…or is it hard cider, cidre, sidra or fermented apple juice? The truth is out there in Ciderville and we are going to find it. We toast in celebration of cider; As a libation, a gift from the gods, a taste of terroir, and a hard pressed good time. Ready to quench your thirst? Grab a glass and join this chat! See you in Ciderville!

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Episodes

146: Cider Tour 2018 Netherlands | CCLIVE

9/19/2018
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Cider Touring 2018 Netherlands | CCLive I like renting from Star Bikes, located by Amsterdam Centraal. Nice location and best of all they allow you the ability to drop you bike off after hours. They might size you up and decide if you are the right fit to trust with the bike so act smart. Other rentals require a drop off time of 7pm. A recording from the Ferry boat behind Amsterdam Centraal - free both ways. The Ferry leaves every six minutes. Every 12 minutes after midnight. Take it...

Duration:00:19:47

145: 1 Guy & 6 Girls | Sietsema Cider, MI

9/12/2018
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Andy Sietsema comes from a long line of apple growers in the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. He is a fourth generation farmer and now a professional cidermaker at Sietsema Cider. Since launching the cidermaking operation in 2013, the family's cider mill and orchard runed by Andy's parents in the town of Ada has closed operations as of 2018. When news broke on the closing it swept out into the newsphere quickly, but anyone who was really listening, would not have been surprised. Farming is...

Duration:00:50:49

144: New England Cider Tour & Dinner | November 1, 2018

9/5/2018
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New England is comprised of 6 states, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and is home to some of the United States' oldest commercial cideries. In what is known as western Massachusetts, the annual cider fest known as Franklin County CiderDays, takes place on the first weekend of November each year. This year is the 24th annual and takes place on November 2-4, 2018. Cider Barrels outside at Farnum Hill, New Hampshire[/caption] To kick off CiderDays and...

Duration:00:35:00

143: Perry & Cider at Windswept | Georgian Bay, CA

8/29/2018
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There is Perry being made in Georgian Bay, Ontario! Windswept Orchard Cider is 2 years old (founded in 2016) and is the creation of Mark Skinner, wife Courtney and their two kids. This couples background is culinary cooking which is part of the inspiration for the cidermaking and their ability to tend to orchards. The 100 acre farm is located in the souther region of Georgian Bay. They planted over a 1000 apples varieties of the cider making kind. While those dwarf apple trees are growing:...

Duration:01:02:10

142: SoCal Irreverence at Ironbark Ciderworks, CA

8/22/2018
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Ironbark Ciderworks in Claremont, California opened its Tasting Room doors to the public in November of 2017. The large inviting Tasting Room has conical stainless steel tanks to one side and room for musicians to another, in the back. The front room has tables and chairs and a hot pink bar. There is also outside seating which offers a perfect place to sit and take in the dry, arid air of this southern California oasis. Find ample parking, a brewery across the parking area and a...

Duration:01:05:35

141: Cider Lunch at Heartwood Farm & Cidery | Ontario

8/15/2018
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Val Steinmann and Brent Klassen moved from the city to the 42 acre farm that is now called Heartwood Farm and Cidery in 2004. In the past 14 years, they created pasture and now have a herd of 20 cows each summer. They have planted an orchard and raised pigs, chickens and have two work horses. Val inspired the family to worked towards a “regenerative farm” and in short order Brent got into orchard care with nut trees and maple trees and of course soon enough apples and cider making. Kat...

Duration:01:10:44

140: Commercial Cidermaking | Niagara College, Ontario

8/8/2018
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Niagara College has two locations in Ontario, Canada. This chat features the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus which has a fully licensed winery on site (which is what is needed to make cider in Canada). It is here that past student and now the onsite winemaker, Gavin Robertson, works with students making cider to sell at the college’s Tasting Room. The course work is very experiential in that there is a small high density cider apple orchard on the campus, all the equipment needed to make cider...

Duration:00:56:04

139: New Zealand's Cidermaking Calendar w/Alex Peckham

8/1/2018
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New Zealand's Peckham Cider is featured in this podcast episode #139. I was able to sit down with Alex Peckham at CiderCon2018 held in Baltimore, Maryland. CiderCon is the annual trade conference put on by the United States Association of Cider Makers every year. Because I live in the northern hemisphere, I have long been very curious about the apple growing and cidermaking schedule in the southern hemisphere. Here are just some of my questions. The answers to many of these questions...

Duration:01:17:05

138: Chairman Richard Liu | Ontario Craft Cider Association

7/25/2018
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Richard Liu is the Chair of the Ontario Craft Cider Association and owner of Ironwood Cider and Sunnybrook Winery. This chat was recorded while I was on tour with Ryan Monkman of Fieldbird Cider (Prince Edward County) who sponsored my cider tour of Ontario's craft cidermakers. Richard's Background Richard was born in Taiwan and his family moved to Canada when he was ten. Before buying Sunnybrook/Ironwood he worked in Asia in what he described as the corporate world. He and his wife decided...

Duration:00:59:32

137 Ontario's County Cider Story | Jenifer Dean

7/18/2018
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County Cider based in Prince Edward County in the Canadian Province of Ontario began selling cider in 1996. It was launched by Grant Howes a formidable man considered the Grandfather of Cider in Ontario. In 2000 Jenifer Dean who had studied winemaking joined up with County Cider. Her husband Grant passed away unexpectedly in January 2017 when he had a heart attack in his sleep. Jenifer Dean tells the story of County Cider's past, present and future in this walkabout chat with Ria at the...

Duration:01:14:09

136: Cidermaker of the Year 2018 - Tells All

7/9/2018
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This is a mini version of the main podcast this week - as I am super duper busy - so I call this "Cider Chat Live" which is a mini me version of the main podcast - Subscribe to Cider Chat Live too via https://anchor.fm/ciderchat In this episode, Nathan details how he made his winning Ice Cider that launched him into the US based National Homebrew Competition that was held in Portland Oregon at the end of this past June. ******next year’s competition takes place in Rhode Island! Nathan...

Duration:00:27:29

135: Viejo High Pours in Fishtown | Philadelphia

7/4/2018
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Viejo is a barrel aged cider made by Joe Getz of Kurant Cider. This cider is a single varietal cider made with Winchester apples. Described on Kurants website as: "a blend of wild fermented ciders created by using some of the best apples we could source in Pennsylvania. The ciders used to blend Viejo were aged for 6-18 months in oak before being used in the finished product. Viejo is a still cider meaning non-carbonated. It's meant to be served with a long pour from great heights to aerate...

Duration:00:25:41

134: Medlars "Pomme Rock Stars" & Judging Cider

6/27/2018
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What are Medlars? How to eat a Medlar The Eastern States Exposition annual Cider and Perry competition is now in its 3rd year. The short local name for the exposition is "Big E", which is fair held over two weeks, on the second weekend after Labor Day. In preparation for this year's Big E a wine, cider and perry competition took place. The wine segment has been running for over 13 years! Cider and Perry as noted is now 3 years in the running. This year’s judging for the upcoming Big E,...

Duration:00:42:39

133: Cider's Chemical Fingerprints

6/20/2018
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Cider's Chemical Fingerprints John Edwards presented "Chemical Fingerprints of Cider" at the United States Association of Cider Makers annual conference in Baltimore Maryland (CiderCon) in February 2018. The full title of this workshop was The Complex Fingerprint Analysis of Cider and other Alcoholic Beverages by Quantitative NMR Spectroscopy. What is NMR? What can NMR Spectroscopy do for Cider? NMR can do all of the above, albeit not all of this is now being done with cider. However in...

Duration:01:05:16

132: Barrels & Bâtonnage

6/13/2018
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Bâtonnage is a winemaking technique that is also used in Cidermaking. It involves raking the lees or what is seen as the heavy particulars of yeast cells that fall out of solution and down to the bottom of the barrel during primary fermentation. Bâtonnage is all about stirring the lees back into solution. Makers like Ryan Monkman of FieldBird Cider and Lee Baker of Keint-He Winery and Vineyards discuss and demo this technique in this episode #132 Go to Cider Chat YouTube Channel and view...

Duration:00:58:26

131: Cider Barrels with a Cooper, a Maker & Thierry Lemaire

6/6/2018
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Cider Barrel Maintenance The craft of making an oak barrel is called “cooperage” and the person who applies this craft is called a “cooper”. The skills of this trade have been passed down through the centuries. The tree and the wood chosen to become a barrel has to meet specific criteria, such as having a tight grain and flavor profiles that lend the tannin qualities often sought in a cider barrel. From the classic wide belly barrels to oval shaped vessels, the shape of wooden barrels have...

Duration:01:21:17

130: Cider Voices from Grand Rapids & #2GLINTCAPorBUST

5/30/2018
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Cider Voices from Grand Rapids Cider Week and the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition On the evening of May 14th Joby Willson, Mark Gryska, Charlie Olchowski and William Grote and myself headed out in a big old van to Grand Rapids, thanks to Mike Beck who invited us and hosted us throughout the week. Beck who he is lovingly called by all manages GLINTCAP and hires a team of people to run the program. Look to the GLINTCAP link to see the whole team. Once we arrived in...

Duration:01:00:08

129: Cider Dinner w/Carlo Hein | Ramborn Cider Co, Luxembourg

5/23/2018
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Carlo Hein has always loved cider. That cider love and perhaps his work in renovation and sustainable energy spurred him and his friends to start a cidery. Upon noticing the fallen fruit and neglected apples trees in his area of Luxembourg. He realized, “We need to save these orchards” And so he did. Ramborn Cider Co began selling cider in 2015 and is Luxembourg's only cidery. To make cider he first called Peter Mitchell, who is renown worldwide for his classes on cidermaking. Carlo asked...

Duration:01:01:42

128: Cider Wins Big | Beer Competition, Boston

5/16/2018
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Cider won big at the 23rd Annual Home-brew Competition held in Boston and put on by the Wort Processors - a home-brew club. Tom Bell’s New World Cider won both Best in Show for cider and placed 3rd in the Best Overall in Show. This means that Tom’s winning cider was placed in the final competition for Best Overall with 37 winning beers. Best of Show Winners Circle 1st Maurice Dalton’s - Gueze 2rd Matthew Border - German Pils 3rd Tom Bell - New World Cider 4th Brett Smith : Chocolate...

Duration:00:44:10

127: Western Michigan's Ridge Cider

5/9/2018
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Matt DeLong grew up making cider and what he once called “Apple Wine”. Western Michigan has what is known as the wine trail and there are lots of fruit wines, so it is no surprise that Matt first considered a career in the wine industry. Things started to change around 2009 - 2010 when he noticed a whole lot of ciders in his area of west Michigan popping up. He credits the support of his wife Valerie for helping him hone his vision and open Ridge Cider Company in 2014. The cidery is based...

Duration:01:01:27