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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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Feb 28, 2018

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In 2000 Rob Miller and his family moved to Frederick County, Maryland after having bought the property that is now called Distillery Lane Ciderworks via an auction. With cider on their mind they immediately got to work creating an 11 acre orchard by planting apple trees

In 2010, Distillery Lane Ciderworks began selling "hard cider" commercially.

Some of the varieties found in the orchard.

  • Tremlett's Bitter
  • Bulmers Norman
  • Porters Perfection
  • Kingston Black

Visiting Distillery Lane Ciderworks

  • This cidery does offer tours.
  • Golf flags are set up throughout the orchard where you can stop and read about apple and cidermaking.
  • Stop in an shop - there is a cider store where you can try samples of nearly all the ciders made.

Where to find/buy Distillery Lane ciders?

  • Baltimore and DC
  • Virgnina
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania

Tour the orchards and stop at any one of the "golf course" flags that have fun apple facts and geology info at each stop

Contact for Distillery Lane Ciderworks

Website: www.distillerylaneciderworks.com 

Address:

  • 5533 Gapland Road
  • Jefferson, MD 21755

Telephone: 214-683-7052

Mentions in this chat

  • DayCider in British Columbia - 120 year old pear orchard covering 85 acres.
    • Follow on Instagram @daycider
  • Fenceline Cider
    • 141 South Main Street, Unit C, Mancos, Colorado
    • website http://fencelinecider.com/
  • Urban Tree Cidery
    • 1465 Howell Mill Rd NW, Ste 100 Atlanta GA 30318
    • website: http://urbantreecidery.com/

Ask for the following ciders - By supporting these cidermakers, you in turn help Cider Chat

  1. Kurant Cider - Pennsylvania : listen to Joe Getz on episode 14
  2. Big Apple Hard Cider - NYC : listen to Danielle von Scheiner on episode 35
  3. Oliver’s Cider and Perry - Herefordshire/UK ; listen to Tom Oliver on episode 29
  4. Santa Cruz Cider Company - California : listen to Nicole Todd on episode 60
  5. The Cider Project aka EthicCider- California
  6. Albermale CiderWorks : listen to Chuck Shelton on episode 56
  7. Cider Summit : listen to Alan Shapiro founder of this cider fest on episode 75.
  8. Ramborn Cider Co. Luxembourg.
  9. Big Fish Cider Co. Virginia
  10. Tanuki Cider Co. Santa Cruz California episode 103

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Feb 14, 2018

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Rick Moreno opened the doors of Newtopia Cyder in San Diego County California in January 2017. He comes into the trade as an entrepreneur and owner of Tornado Seattle, a bar with a craft beer and spirits focus, also serving cider and food.

Say’s Rick of his new venture with Newtopia Cyder that is both a cidery with Tastig Room, we are “making our own new American style”.

He takes an engaging approach to educating and meeting the San Diego beer palate by having a set standard flight of ciders called “Four Core”

Rick says, “I created a Four Core (flight of ciders) that hits every part of your palate. We use old world wine processes and blend them with new world beer ingredients”

One side of the cidery is flanked with stainless steel tanks for making modern ciders. This variety can be made in 4-6 weeks and usually have a fruit or flavored component. The wall on the other side of the cidery has oak barrels stacked and filled with what Rick calls “Old World Heritage Cider”. The Tasting room has ample seating both indoors and outdoors.

The taps were purposely design to be a bit high to facilitate a long pour as one would do when pouring sidra.

Take home a can or crawler of cider of any of the Four Core Ciders.

Join the Member Club and have access to all of the ciders being poured as a take home option.

What to look forward to in the coming year from Newtopia Cyder?

  • Distilling an Apple Jack Brandy in March 2019.
  • Expansion into a 4000 square foot building area next door with a meat and cheese parlor too.
  • There are 10 acres not on site but not too far away that is being used to grow cider apples. This location will be used as a destination site for weddings and events.

Rick calls the growing Newtopia scene “a compound”. The feel though industrial is warm and engaging. Exactly what cider fans want in their cider compound.

The logistics low down on Newtopia Cyder

  • Newtopia is Open 7 days a week.
    • Monday-Wednesday 3 PM - 9 PM
    • Thursday-Friday 12 PM - 10 PM
    • Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM
    • Sunday 11 AM - 9 PM
  • 12-15 minute ride from San Diego Airport.
  • Of note: the road that Newtopia is on also has 56 breweries on that same road! Yes there is room for cider!

Contact info for Newtopia Cyder

Mentions in this chat

1. Rack over cider now. If you made cider in the fall and it has gone through primary fermentation any lees that has dropped to the bottom of the carboy will begin to affect the cider by creating off odors and flavors.

2. Place orders now for fruit trees, root stock, and scion wood for Spring plantings and grafting.

Sources:

Cummins Nursery I am going in on an order w/friend of Ciderville Joby and William. We are ordering a pear rootstock from Cummins Nursery. Stay posted!

Fedco - a great resource. The catalogues are beautiful.

Fedco’s Tree catalogue and also their Seed catalogue is like reading a piece of art. The discount deadline for orders has passed. But you can still place orders until March 9th, except for scion wood.

John Bunker who was on both episode 16 - where we talk generally about the trees in the US and episode 28 where he provides great insight on tree identification, is definitely worth a listen

Colin Scott of E & J Scott Orchard sells saplings of Apple varieties such as Northern Spy and Redfield, plus more. He is located in western Massachusetts in the town of Buckland. Listen to his episode 93 on Orchard Care and Apple Storage. You will find his contact info on the show notes.

If you have a good resource of for fruit trees and root stock out there in Ciderville send me ria@ciderchat.com and I will share that good news.

Ask for the following 9 #ciderGoingUP Campaign sponsors - By supporting these cider makers, you in turn help Cider Chat

  1. Kurant Cider - Pennsylvania : listen to Joe Getz on episode 14
  2. Big Apple Hard Cider - NYC : listen to Danielle von Scheiner on episode 35
  3. Oliver’s Cider and Perry - Herefordshire/UK ; listen to Tom Oliver on episode 29
  4. Santa Cruz Cider Company - California : listen to Nicole Todd on episode 60
  5. The Cider Project aka EthicCider- California
  6. Albermale CiderWorks : listen to Chuck Shelton on episode 56
  7. Cider Summit : listen to Alan Shapiro founder of this cider fest on episode 75.
  8. Ramborn Cider Co. Luxembourg.
  9. Big Fish Cider Co. Virginia
  10. Tanuki Cider Co. Santa Cruz California episode 103

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Feb 7, 2018

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Baltimore Speaks Cider recaps this podcaster's travel to CiderCon, while at CiderCon and the trip home from CiderCon.

I left on Sunday (Day 1) traveling as far as Bethlehem PA. The next day Monday (Day 2) I was set to meet with Joe Getz of Kurant Cider at the Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie PA. Joe and I sipped on cider and visited the barrel room.

From Kurant, I headed straight to Frederick Maryland. That evening I was pulled over by Officer Kind. A fun little story - that I will save for you to listen to in the podcast.

Day 3 - I headed to Distillery Land CiderWorks - to record a podcast and also had a chance to see Chuck Shelton of Albemarle CiderWorks in Virginia.

After lunch I headed into Baltimore for CiderCon and got ready for that night's dinner recording with Phillip Kelm of Gitche Gumee CiderWorks in Michigan. We went to a BYOB restaurant called Ebenezer's Ethiopian Restaurant. Great food and kind people.

Day 3 I had an early morning chat (8:45 am) with Trevor Baker of Noble Cider in Asheville North Carolina. And then a recording with Marcus Robert of Tieton Ciderworks, Washington.

That evening I met up with Kirk Billingsley for a chat on his cidery Big Fish Cider Company in Virginia.

Day 4 - Thursday was the opening day at CiderCon- Danny Brager of Nielsen did an overview of the cider market. You can go to this YouTube link to listen to last year's presentation on this topic. Then it was time to record with Paul Vander Heide of Vander Mill a cidery in Michigan.

Lunch I was again recording, this time with Dan Brown of Cyder Market LLC. Both Danny and Dan's presentations will be posted on Cider Chat's YouTube channel.

After lunch I recorded and videotaped John Edwards presentation on Chemical Fingerprints of Cider. Very fascinating.

I next ran to Rebbeka deKramer of Scott Lab's presentation on Off Odors in Cider. Again this will be posted on the Cider Chat's YouTube channel.

Next I had a chat with Matt DeLong of Ridge Cider in Michigan. And then had dinner with Carlo Hein of Ramborn Cider Company in Luxembourg.

Day 4 (Friday) I met and recorded with Alex Peckham of Peckham's Cider in New Zealand. That afternoon I recording with James and Susanna Forbes of Little Pomona Cidery & Orchard in the UK.

Friday evening I went to Pour the Core- Baltimore to record mini chats with cider fans - all of which are posted in this episode

Saturday it was time to head home, but as I was traveling with the Talking Pommes we had to make a stop along the way at Perryville Maryland. Perry Pear was both emotional and ecstatic. You can hear the Talking Pommes recap at the end of this podcast.

I had mini chats with the following cideries and their makers while at CiderCon

Heartwood Farm and Cidery in Canada

Tod Creek Craft Cider in British Columbia

Bryant Cider, Virginia

Liquid Alchemy Beverages, Deleware

Ask for the following 9 #ciderGoingUP Campaign sponsors - By supporting these cider makers, you in turn help Cider Chat

  1. Kurant Cider - Pennsylvania : listen to Joe Getz on episode 14
  2. Big Apple Hard Cider - NYC : listen to Danielle von Scheiner on episode 35
  3. Oliver’s Cider and Perry - Herefordshire/UK ; listen to Tom Oliver on episode 29
  4. Santa Cruz Cider Company - California : listen to Nicole Todd on episode 60
  5. The Cider Project aka EthicCider- California
  6. Albermale CiderWorks : listen to Chuck Shelton on episode 56
  7. Cider Summit : listen to Alan Shapiro founder of this cider fest on episode 75.
  8. Ramborn Cider Co. Luxembourg.
  9. Big Fish Cider Co. Virginia

 

 

 

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