Good reads on cider aren't always easy to come by. While that fact may change one day it's still pretty hard to put together a great cider book collection. At first you it fairly easy to collect all the readily available gems. My very first cider books were Making the Best Apple Cider and Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider both my Annie Proulx. Ben Watson's book Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own was a game changer for me. The moment I finished that book I knew I was hooked and I began to seek out and buy all the genuine cider reading I could find.
With a little internet search ingenuity and good old fashioned dilligence I've grown my cider library quite a bit over the years. Besides the aforementioned reads some of the other easy to find "must haves" on my list include Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea, Ciderland by James Crowden, and if you find yourself craving a little bit of apple history I really enjoyed Apples by Frank Browning.
In 2011 I missed out (along with a couple of you) on a chance to buy Vinetum Britannicum: A Treatise of Cider on Ebay which ultimately sold for $1975.
This morning I ran across a link to Hot Rum Cow's Issue 2 ~ The Cider Issue. Now I haven't read a lick of this magazine yet but the playful yet tastefully worked layout and illustrations are fantastic. At once I knew this would be a release that any cider afficianado would want in their library. To boot they are British and in my experience the English hardly ever do cider injustice.
Take a look and see for yourself...
How can you not want THAT on your shelf?
Well I did it. Sight unseen I pulled the trigger and bought an issue. At around $20, which includes shippng to the states, it may seem like a lot for a magazine. But I've seen even more photos from Hot Rum Cow's Flickr account and the magazine looks to be printed very nicely on terrific looking slightly "toothy" matte paper. I'm 99% sure it'll be a worthwhile purchase. If you want to save some money and indulge in a little instant gratificiation you can download it from iTunes for £2.49.
Hot Rum Cow also published a nice blog post on my buddy cider photographer Bill Bradshaw last week. They are a fairly new drink publication but they seem to know their stuff and have me intruiged so I did a little reading up.
Here is how they describe themselves on their website:
Hot Rum Cow is a labour of love, created by White Light Media. Its aim is to celebrate the wonderful world of drinks by exploring the stories and people behind them.
You can buy the print or downloaded versions of Hot Rum Cow Issue 2 - The Cider Issue here: hotrumcow.co.uk/shop