April 22, 2017

Seeing Glass at BeanBlossom Cider

Back in the summer of '11, one of my first "big" Midwest Wine Press interviews was with Bill Oliver of Oliver Winery.  I was excited and a little nervous to be interviewing the biggest winery owner in the Midwest. But to my surprise, Bill did not want to talk about wine. He wanted to talk about his new hard ciders.Oliver was one of the first wineries in the Midwest to produce hard cider. … [Read more...]

New Cider Handbook From Scott Labs

The second annual Scott Labs Cider Handbook has just been released.  This years' edition features new products and new technical articles including:Methods to Restart Stuck Cider Fermentations The Basics of Post Fermentation Cider Clarification Optimizing Nutrient Strategies for Healthy FermentationsThe 23 cider yeast strains Scott Labs offers are also described in detail with tips on … [Read more...]

Cider Summit Chicago Photos

A greatly expanded Cider Summit Chicago took over the far end of Navy Pier in Chicago on February 8th.  Thirty six cider producers from all over the world, including 14 from the Midwest, poured tastings for a packed house that exceeded 1,000 on Saturday morning.   The organizer billed Cider Summit as "the largest tasting of artisanal cider" in the Midwest and based on the photos below, this claim … [Read more...]

Cider Summit Chicago Coming February 8th

The Midwest's largest cider tasting event has expanded to two sessions on February 8th at Navy Pier in Chicago.  Cider Summit Chicago will feature over 90 ciders with one session beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the other beginning at 4:00 p.m.“It’s truly exciting to see the explosive cider category growth in the central region of the country over the last few years. Midwesterners no longer have to … [Read more...]

Midwest Apple Crop Up Dramatically for 2013

Fruit Grower News reports that the apple crop for the Midwest is up 472% over 2012 when a spring frost to forget hit orchards in Michigan and other areas hard.Great quote from Fruit Grower News article: "The new state bird of Michigan is going to be a frost fan."For more information see:  2013 Apple Crop Boosted By Recovery in NY and Midwest   … [Read more...]

Great Lakes Cider & Perry Guild Hard Cider Tasting

The Great Lakes Cider and Perry Guild Hard Cider Tasting took place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Uncle John's Cider in St. John's Michigan. More than 100 different hard ciders and perrys from many states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana were on display. (Perry is hard cider made from pears.)The event benefited the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (GLCPA),  a nonprofit … [Read more...]

Uncle John’s Cider Launches New Products

For many, it is impossible to travel along US-127 in St. John’s, Michigan, without making a stop at Uncle John’s Cider Mill. Whether heading to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans, testing your luck at Soaring Eagle Casino, or embracing the change from summer to fall, visiting Uncle John’s is well worth it.The picturesque white barn, surrounded by thousands of apple trees (7,500 to be exact), … [Read more...]

Uncle John’s Rose Cider First to Use Malus Niedzwetzkyana

From "Serious Drinks," comes news that Michigan's Uncle John's Fruit House Winery Cider is the first American hard cider to be made from the "grandaddy" Malus Niedzwetzkyana apple.  The story goes into a lot of detail about the origins of Malus Niedzwetzkyana, one of the parents of many common red apples.See: Rose Ciders to Try This Summer   … [Read more...]

Fertile Market For New Ohio Cider Makers

With nearly 20 cider houses producing hard cider in Michigan, it seems Ohio , with just three cider-producers, offers a bushel-full of opportunity (and little competition) to anyone wishing to open a cider operation in the state.Cider has become increasingly popular with American beverage consumers these days – and that has created a 30% growth in the number of American cider-makers over just … [Read more...]

Greg Hall Talks About Mateo Kehler and Jasper Hill

Greg Hall mentioned that a high school career aptitude test said that he should become a farmer  So we asked Hall, "Is this new venture more than just about just about cider for you? I don’t know how they knew with that test in high school, but I’m closer to farmers than I ever thought I’d be.Really, the bigger idea is to add value to other people’s agricultural products. We’re starting … [Read more...]