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 […]

We at The Cider Crate have a strong policy about not asking cideries for free products. We know the challenges and small margins cider making can have and we want you to succeed. It is very much appreciated when you gift us cider however. We want to showcase as much cider from Ontario and Canada […]

While hops are mainly associated with beer, dry-hopped ciders are increasingly growing in popularity. When infused into cider, they typically add fruity-like notes, such as lemon, citrus, lychee and more – but can also be bitter, floral and more. Dry hopping works well for both sweet and dry ciders, and everything in between. As Easter […]

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, […]

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 […]

Obviously these are uneasy times with the COVID-19 pandemic that will see every person and industry affected in varying ways, and our thoughts are with everyone during these challenging and unpredictable times. One of the main economic victims so far has been and will continue to be small businesses – many of which include your […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

So as we come to the end of 2018 and are third full year in operation, we are happy to look back on some of the best ciders we had the past year and our favourite locales to enjoy them!  Have a look and we hope you tried a few yourself!  We sampled over 200 […]

We had an amazing time over two days at this year’s Toronto Cider Festival.  You can catch the photos and the Podcast here.  Below are a few highlights as we head off to Spain and Portugal for a bit of cider out that way.  Thanks once again to Shalini, Chris, The Event Professor, and all […]

Thanks to the amazing team at BrewFest Ottawa, we were able to sample some very unique ciders alongside hundreds of beers.  Check out the interview with founder and manager Michael. Please enjoy our podcast, which you can subscribe to here: Have a listen below Download episode | Play in new window |    

So as we come to the end of 2017, we are happy to look back on some of the best ciders we had the past year and our favourite locales to enjoy them!  Have a look and we hope you tried a few yourself!  We sampled over 200 ciders all year, posting reviews of close […]

Full photo gallery here! The leadup to the 2017 Toronto Cider Festival was huge – 12 more cideries promised, a new venue, new entertainment and even new awards… and to top it off, it was a celebration for Canada’s 150th Birthday! The organizers for the Festival not only lived up to the hype, they exceeded […]

If you’re looking for a little Sunday cider adventure, City Cider – presented by Not Far From The Tree – is hosted at the Spadina Museum on Sunday Sept 17th for its seventh year.  It offers a very backyard, family friendly opportunity to sample a few ciders and keep the kids active as well. PARTICIPATING ONTARIO […]

You’ve almost made it cider fans, the big day is very soon, this Saturday, August 26th! Whether it’s your first time to the festival or you’ve been in years past, we have compiled a list of handy tips for you to survive the day and enjoy it to its maximum.   Stuff to Bring with […]

We stopped in opening night to Ottawa Winter BrewFest to see what was going on at Lansdowne, as we heard there were some ciders being featured.  Below (and updated on our podcast) is an interview with Mike, the event coordinator where he talked about the festival, the ciders at the festival and whats coming up […]

Now in its second year, the Ontario Cider Awards are coming soon to the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, on Thursday, November 10th 2016. If you were lucky like us to have attended in its inaugural year, you know this a stellar event hosted by the friendly folks at Drink Inc. Ontario Cider is an ever-increasingly […]

The 2nd annual Toronto Cider Festival happened on August 27th, 2016, and if you weren’t there, you unfortunately missed out on an amazing day. The weather was sunny, warm and beautiful throughout the day, and the fans came out by the thousands to indulge in 40+ ciders from 19 cideries. Broken up into two sessions […]

So by now we hope you have gotten your tickets for the 2nd annual Toronto Cider Festival that’s happening at Yonge and Dundas Square on Saturday, August 27th 2016. But if not, no worries, there are still some left!  This years theme is “Cottage in the City” so expect Muskoka chairs, canoes, wooden logs, wooden […]

With the website starting to take shape, it is time to start filling in the content.  Here is a quick photo of some of the ciders located here in the Ottawa, ON, Canada region we are going to start to review and post.   If you are interested in providing feedback to the project, please […]