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Happy New Years Part 1 - Foggy Ridge Cider's First Fruit

New Year's Eve again and we are celebrating at home with a little cider and a few mini reviews. This is our second year and like last year we started out tonight at 9 PM PST (our time zone) with an Eastcoast Cider... Hopefully as their clocks are striking midnight. Tonight we kicked it all off with Foggy Ridge Cider's First Fruit.

Color: Straw to Gold
Carbonation: Fizzy
Clarity: Very Brilliant
Brightness: Very Vivid

Foggy Ridge's First Fruit Cider has moderate intenisty nose of a very high quality. We detected fresh, herbaceous, earthy almost sweet aromas of over-ripe peaches with floral rose-like overtones deep down.

First Fruit is a clean, simple - yet complex, straight foward cider that starts off sweet, moves toward the acidic and finishes off clean with soft tannins. The flavors are as clean as the aromas. Grapefruit, lots of lemon, and red underripe currant.

Body & Finish
Clean finish, astringent, acidic, crisp, tannic of moderate length. Refreshing medium body is perfect for this cider. Excellent balance.


I left my camera at work too so we'll be putting up with photos from the iPhone.


Buying Cider for the Holidays Online.

While we missed Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Monday, you'll find there is still time to pick up some ciders over the internet and get them shipped to your house in time for New Years and even Christmas.

I have always found great satisfaction and pride in purchasing direct from the folks who make the products. It's nice to know that with the exception of a few taxes as much money as possible found it's way into the hands of the cidermaker. In many cases buying online from cidermakers accomplishes that, with the caveat of having to pay for shipping instead of gas.

Purchasing cider on the internet is not quite as easy as it sounds. Finding a good cidermaker who ships direct to the customer is the most difficult part.

I've compiled a quick list of those cidermakers I could find that do sell online. Each state's laws and regulations are a little different. Not every cidermaker can ship to every state. Read each of the website policies carefully and try to be understanding if they are not able to ship to you.

Purchasing Cider Online


Snowdrift Cider Co.

Castle Hill Ciders

Foggy Ridge Cider

Slyboro Ciderhouse

Alpenfire via VinoShipper

Tieton Cider Works

Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery

Eden Ice Cider (Shipping available to some states)

Bellwether Hard Cider

Hard Row to Hoe Winery, a winemaker but you gotta try their ice cider.

Kennebec Cider via

Black Star Farms

Did I miss you? Does your company sell on the web and ship to residences? Let me know in the comments section of use my contact form.




The 7th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition

The Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations
March 30 & 31, 2012

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related educational opportunities, is pleased to announce its annual “Call for Entries” for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The competition will be held on March 30 & 31, 2012.

This unique competition includes categories for both commercial producers (holding liquor licenses) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and non-liquor licensed commercial establishments like cider mills). Fermented products of all kinds are welcome: ciders, perrys, meads, beers, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples and/or pears. A complete listing of all styles and their subcategories is attached.

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number. Judges will only see that number along with important information needed to properly evaluate the entry, such as style, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, and any special ingredients or process used in production. Judges will be a combination of industry professionals, experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges and media. Celebrity judges for this year include Ben Watson, Tom Burford, Dick Dunn, David White and more to be announced soon. For detailed information about the style guidelines, BJCP sanctioned competitions, and the evaluation forms used by judges in this competition you are encouraged to visit

Thanks to the support of the fine folks at Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids. Siciliano’s Market will remain the destination for entry drop-off or shipment. Judging will take place at the downtown Courtyard by Marriott in Grand Rapids.



Official entry forms will be posted soon!

Entries will be accepted beginning Monday, March 12, 2012 through Sunday, March 25, 2012. You may ship or drop off your entries at:

GLINT Cider & Perry Competition
Siciliano's Market
2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 USA
(Phone: 616-453-9674 / Web:
Mon-Sat 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Judging will take place on March 31 at 10:00 am in the Kent Room (until completion at approx. 4-5 pm). Dinner and awards to follow.


Judges Training Seminar
This year we will again host a special educational opportunity focusing on cider styles, faults and flavors. The seminar will be conducted by award winning cider makers Gary Awdey and Charles McGonegal, with Dick Dunn, administrator of the Cider Digest. A special segment on Ice Cider will be presented by Eleanor Leger of Eden Ice Cider. The seminar will be made available at no charge to GLINT CAP staff including judges and stewards. Any space available will be offered first come first reserved for a nominal fee of $20.00 to anyone else wishing to participate and benefit from this rare opportunity. Seating is limited, first come first reserved. The seminar will take place in the Ottawa Room of the Courtyard by Marriot from 7 PM to 10 PM on the Friday evening prior to the judging, March 30. These sessions are well attended and seating is limited so all attendees must RSVP Rex Halfpenny at

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association produces this event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact one of the following board members for information. Gary Awdey, President (, Mike Beck, Treasurer (, Jeff Carlson, Secretary ( or Competition Organizer Rex Halfpenny (


Snowdrift Cider Co. Promo Video

This is a beautifully shot and edited video and a spectacular peak into the inner workings of family owned and operated Snowdrift Cider Co. These guys are a great example of what every cider company should be.

Once you taste their cider the picture will then be complete.

Snowdrift - Artisan Hard Ciders from Charley Voorhis-Voortex Producti on Vimeo.



Photos from Farnum Hill Cider, Poverty Lane Orchard

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