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We did an interview with Mitchell McCurdy – creator of the perry-based Ev’s Eclectics. They sell their products virtually through Drink Collab, where their products are showcased and sold with fellow-minded alcohol entrepreneurs, but we visited Marynissen Estates Winery where they produce it out of.   Download file | Play in new window  

Cider Profile: Name: Boulard VSOP – Rye Cask Finish Calvados Sampled September 2021 Brand: Boulard V.S.O.P. Type: Calvados Location of Brewing: Reux, France ABV: 40% Website Link: calvados-boulard.com Ingredients: N/A Gluten Free: N/A Sugar Content: N/A Size(s) available: 750ml Bottle Availability: LCBO 2020 Flavour: Calvados Colour: Rust Carbonation: None Cider Crate Tasting Notes: Smell: Strong […]

Year two of lockdown provided some really good cider offerings, here are our best for 2021 ~Bethany and Barry Top 5 Overall Cold Creek – Erin Go Brach Duntroon – Empire Dry Apple Saunders – Tricky Treat / Candy Apple Shale Ridge – Cherry Chocolate Geissberger – Hard Apple Cider   Top 10 – Apple […]

As we move into the 2nd full year of COVID-19 restrictions, many groups have reorganized to online learning.  The NW Cider Symposium for 2021 has done the same. March 16-18, 2021 The Symposium is a virtual event to learn, grow, connect and celebrate our vibrant industry and will feature: Educational workshops for orchardists, marketers, cidermakers, […]

Apple Drink Profile: Name: Mayador – Sidra Asturiana (Non-Alcoholic) Sampled January 2021 Brand:  Mayador Type: Apple Drink Location of Brewing: Spain ABV: Less than 0.5% Website Link: mayador.com Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Apple Juice 35%, Apple Vinegar, Sugar, Citric Acid, Preservatives E-202, Potassium Sorbate, Antioxidant E-300 L, Ascorbic Acid, Colour E-163, Sulphites Gluten Free: Yes Sugar […]

Fortunately there were still some bests’ in 2020!  Here are our favs. ~Bethany and Barry Top 5 Overall Cold Creek – Cuvée Madeline FieldBird – 2018 Perry Sur Lie Banjo – Rouge East Street – Harvest Botanical Farmgate – Mulled Top 5 – Apple Cold Creek – Cuvée Madeline Banjo – Dueling Banjos Twin Pines […]

Time for a festive cocktail! 🥂 🎄The Gingerbread Jingle 🎄 This one is for the ginger and spice fans. Ingredients ⭐️ ice & spiced bitters (we used @tsdistillers all-spice) ⭐️ Ginger beer (here we used @fevertreecanada) ⭐️ a dry apple cider (@hardwaycider’s Renegade is an excellent choice for this) ⭐️ @drinkwillibald Gingerbread Gin (available at @lcbo) Directions 1. P

Warning: this one is strong! 🍍🍍The Tepeche🍍🍍 inspired from the excellent – and many times home brewed – Mexican drink, this cocktail is nicely spiced and very fruit forward. ⭐️2-3 cubes of ice. ⭐️.5 shot of @captainmorganca Pineapple Rum ⭐️1-1.5 shot of a spiced rum (we also used the @captainmorganca one) ⭐️1/2 can of straight apple cider – we [&he

As we come to the end of the decade (and half of it, us doing cider stuff), we have a chance to share some of our favourite moments of the past 365 days! ~Bethany and Barry Cider Crate Combined: Top 5 Bottles/Cans Cider 101 – Dr Peppercorn With Cherry Niagara Cider Company – No. 1 […]

Apple Drink Profile: Name: Dixon’s – Vodka Fusion (Apple Cranberry) Sampled November 2019 Brand: Dixon’s Distilled Spirits Type: Mixed Drink Location of Brewing: Guelph, ON ABV: 5% Website Link: dixonsdistilledspirits.com Ingredients: Apple Juice Concentrate, water, cranberry juice from concentrate, vodka, sodium benzoate Gluten Free: N/A Sugar Content: 76g/lSize(s) available: 473ml can Availability: LCBO (2019) Flavour: […]

Apple-Drink Profile: Name: Les Vergers Villeneuve – Apple Wine Sampled November 2019 Brand:  Les Vergers Villeneuve & Blueberry Farm Type: Apple Wine Location of Brewing: St.-Pascal Baylon, ON ABV: 11.2% Website Link: vergersvilleneuve.com Ingredients: N/A Gluten Free: N/A Sugar Content: N/A Size(s) available: 750ml glass bottle Availability: Via winery & at Ottawa Lansdown Market (2019) […]

Like a growing number of Ontarians, you may regularly enjoy a crisp craft cider from a local producer. But what you may not realize is you’re drinking a product that represents a notable slice of the provincial economy and, increasingly, a valuable export outside of Canada. Craft cider in Ontario The economic contribution of cider […]

Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living by Andy Brennan Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2019 9781603588447 275pp Main Subjects: Personal Memoir – American Agriculture – Wild Orchards & Cider Making Audience: Mainly US-based; Potential Cidermakers; Potential small farm owners; those interested in pre-Modern farming and food connections. Read and […]

The 5th edition of the Toronto Cider Festival brought with it a few lovely days to sample over 30 cideries from across Ontario, Canada and France!  We were lucky enough to start the weekend off early at Her Fathers Cider Bar, joined by Niagara, Duntroon and returning, Duxbury Cider for a meet the maker and […]

For our second extended tour, we are taking on the Niagara Region.  Fortune led us to the area for a wedding, so its possible to do the whole tour in a single day, however, it would be unwise to try to push it.  Enjoy our trip along the photos and interviews, as available.   Map […]

Ah, summer! The time of the year to go sit outside and enjoy a nice pleasant cold drink, with plenty of subtle flavours. Now, usually, I prefer sipping either sangria or a good semi-dry cider in my garden, so I figured, why not combine them both? With the nice tartness of the cider and the […]

The numbers! 5 Years  —  35 Cideries — 100+ Ciders — 3 Sessions  We are excited to come back to the Sherbourn Commons for the 5th anniversary of the largest cider festival in Canada, the legendary Toronto Cider Festival.  We will be doing photos, reviews, podcasts and social media updates all weekend long (We already […]

The perfect Summer Cider cocktail that will refresh you to the core: The Rood Mojito Drinker Ingredients 1 oz of Kettle One Botanical Cucumber Mint Vodka 1/2 can of Rood Apples (adjust to your preference) Juice of a quarter of a lime Muddled mint. Substitutions Ice (if you like it, in your cider) Change the […]