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Cider Chat

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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Feb 24, 2016

Neil MacDonald is a self described "man of the soil". He co-launched Orchard Pig Cider in 2004 in the Somerset region of England.

His specialty is apple growing and the primary process of the cidermaking at Orchard Pig Cider.

I spoke with Neil while at CiderCon (United States Association of Cider Makers annual congress) in Portland Oregon in 2016.

Neil was granted a scholarship from the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust which has helped him hone in on his apple growing passion and helped him travel around the world.

Neil uses what is a called a "Bush Orchard" in the UK, which works well with the mechanics of harvesting within high density orchards for a maximum harvest.
He is sharing what he thinks US cidermakers and orchardist may be very interested in doing in the states.

Neil chats about UK cider traditions and there is a bonus chat on the specs for a paid internship at Neil's farm.

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Feb 17, 2016

Cider Cocktails are hot...again. That's right, again! Yes, mixing spirits with cider has been favored by farmers to royalty alike (okay, not sure about the royalty, but I know my gramps used to love to age his cider in a bourbon barrel) ever since cider and spirits have been pouring?

Yes, Ciderville we are both going to become a bit more "in the know" with this special chat with Darlene Hayes on how to make cider cocktails. You might know Darlene, by her blog All into Cider where you can find some quick cider cocktail lore and recipes.

Find out more about this episode and see photos of Darlene making us some cocktails.
at  www.ciderchat.com

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Feb 10, 2016

Juice suppliers Fruit Smart & Kiril Mischeff give their perspective on the global juice market and how they are watching the current cider trend in the US.

Getting the right blend or single variety juice to make the perfect cider is part of every business plan for cideries both in the startup phase an ongoing. If you are not growing your own orchard, getting apple juice could be a real constraint  these chats are informative.

And even if you do have your own orchard there is much to learn about how juice suppliers see the current market.

show notes and contact info for the suppliers can be found at ciderchat.com

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Feb 1, 2016

John Bunker in this chat helps to trace the lineage in the US between cider apples and cidermakers. If you ever doubted whether you are on the right track with your cidermaking skills, Have no fear. Not only does John affirm even one's most basic cidermaking skills, but our basic love of the apple.

When I asked John what he would give himself as a job titled, he thought for a moment and then said, "Friend of Apples." That friendship is helping apples throughout the US find their rightful place in history as they get identified one apple at a time.

8 minute Bonus clip only at ciderchat.com with John speaking about ep15 chat with Chris Jackson | FreedomFarmTC, Georgia on growing Antonovaka apples from seed. copy and paste this link to go directly to this chat. http://wp.me/p6S28K-7i

Find all the shownotes and photos to this chat at CiderChat.com

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