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Cider Week 2013 is Coming to New York: October 18-27

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cw When you think fall alcoholic beverages, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably pumpkin beer, but cider is making a pretty big case to become your fall and year round fermented beverage of choice.

In the past year, we have run into cider more than ever. It is more widely available at bars & restaurants and it’s not all that uncommon to see an apple option other than Magners or Strongbow. Not to diminish either of these brands, as they are what got us into cider years ago, but the market has expanded greatly since then. Much like craft beer, no two ciders are exactly alike and there is a wide variety of flavors that the style has to offer. Ciders can be sweet, dry, spiced, aggressively carbonated, blended with other fruits and even sometimes combined with beer (either at the brewing stage or right from the tap).

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Written by A+K

October 17th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

How to Make Hard Cider (Gluten Free)

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As we mentioned in a couple previous posts, while at the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in Philly last month, we attended a seminar on cider-making. Though we had never brewed a cider before, we do enjoy drinking them and figured this would be a good way to dip our toes in the apple juice, as the saying goes. We were quite encouraged by the relatively low initial equipment investment compared to home brewing (all we had to purchase was a 5 gallon fermenter, a couple airlocks and carboys) so we decided to give it a shot. The entire process took about 3-4 weeks and our cider is now sitting in several growlers, packed up and ready to be served at the North Fork Craft Beer, Wine & BBQ Festival tomorrow. We separated our 5 gallon batch into 5 carboys so we could  experiment and flavor them all a bit differently: stock apple, fresh cherries, fresh cherries + vanilla + spice, cider spices: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc and the wildcard, ras al hanout, which is a North African spice blend. Be sure to stop by the LIBME table tomorrow and give one (or all 5) a try and let us know what you think. Below is a bit of a picture tutorial on the process but if you have any questions please feel free to comment, E-mail, Tweet or just track us down and ask.

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Written by A+K

August 9th, 2013 at 3:42 am

Recipe – Apple Cider Chicken

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Cider Week

As Cider Week winds down, we hope you are all finding ways to enjoy and celebrate the beverage that is well, being celebrated. For something a bit different today, here is a recipe that uses hard cider in the cooking process. We used Crispin, but this would work just as well with your favorite brand. If you really want to up the apple factor, pair this with a highly carbonated cider such as Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut De Normandie, for a champagne-like elegance with your home cooked meal.

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Written by A+K

October 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Celia Saison – The Alchemist (2012)

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BLC Says:
Celia Saison is a gluten-free , cleverly named, offering from The Alchemist brewery. It seems that while celiac disease (or gluten intolerance) is very prevalent in our society and many gluten free products exist, there are still not too many options for beer lovers. Celia Saison attempts to fill that gap. Interestingly enough, The Alchemist has recalled their first release of this beer because it was not up to their standards. We can’t help but wonder if our bottle was from this batch. We will have to pick up another bottle and compare notes, so look for another review on this beer to come!

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Written by A+K

September 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm