September 1, 2020

Cherry, blueberry, raspberry and more. When browsing the shelf at your local store or scoping out the tap handles at the cider bar, you may come across many different flavors of ciders.
But what really makes a cider a cider? What even is a "Raspberry Cider"? Does it co...

November 3, 2018

Are you ready for Connecticut's first-ever Cider Week? This inaugural year kicks off on November 10th and continues for a whole week until November 18th, with special cider-themed events each and every day!

Connecticut Cider Week is a collaboration between local restaur...

November 2, 2018

As part of this series on different apple varieties, a selection of hybrids and chance seedlings is included to show the creativity of Mother Nature as well as the skill required by the hands that mimic her habits. One such apple of chance parentage, but which rocketed...

October 26, 2018

GoldRush (or Gold Rush; Goldrush) very well lives up to its name: It may even be worth its weight in the coveted medal. Although originating out of collaboration between multiple agricultural experiment stations, the GoldRush apple traces its heritage back to the  Purd...

October 24, 2018

A long time ago, Dan and Jodi were both laid off from their jobs within a year of each other. In an effort to find cheap drinks, they started experimenting with making their own alcohol. Cider turned out to be the most fun and the journey began. They started working on...

October 19, 2018

New England Cider Company was founded by Miguel Galarraga and Seth Hart in 2013, and is one of the first "modern" year-round cideries in CT. Miguel and Seth started making cider in 2009

in their own backyard with a homemade press and chopper. As their cider making hobby...

September 21, 2018

The first bicycle was created by Robert Keating in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1890. That seems like an awfully strange way to start a cidery feature, but for Spoke and Spy Ciderworks in Middletown, Connecticut, this invention plays a pivotal role.

The "Spoke" in "Spoke...

September 14, 2018

There truly may not be a more important apple to the heritage of the United States than the humble Winesap. While the origins of this apple are unknown, written record provides evidence of this cultivar far back into the colonial period. It is primarily attributed to N...

September 9, 2018

The Liberty, as a cultivar, originates out of New York State. The first seedling was produced in 1955 by crossing Macoun with Purdue 54-12, which was an effort to introduce resistance to apple scab. This resistance to disease is where the name Liberty came from: It sig...

July 6, 2018

The humble apple. With over 7,500 different varieties worldwide, this simple fruit seems to have its place in nearly every culture. And with each region comes special breeds that have been adapted over time for the express purposes of that culture and region. One of th...

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