HipCider: Beginner Guide to Portland Cider

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It’s almost time for HipCider. Months of research (drinking), weeks of prep (writing about drinking) and days of photo shoots (taking pictures of bottles I drank) are adding up to my first real book…ever. I’ve been infatuated with cider since my November 2012 arrival in Portland, and after I saw 1500+ people show up to a CiderFest at a local … Read More

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Welcome to HipCider

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The first book, “HipCider: Beginner Guide to Cider in Portland” was published in June 2013. You can purchase the ebook from Amazon.com. Please pardon our dust as we build out the site with lots more cider knowledge…coming soon.

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Changes are fermenting

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In the past nine months HipCider has been around, I’ve learned a ton about cider. I’ve learned about fermenting, yeast, apples, business, BIG business, teamwork, food pairings and even bottling. I’ve also consumed quite a bit more cider than I ever thought possible. But nine months in, I’ve realized that something just isn’t quite right. For as hard as I … Read More

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What would you do on an #AmtrakResidency?

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Amtrak Residency

(The idea of an Amtrak Residency, where writers book a round-trip ticket to work there and back, is fascinating. Here’s how I convinced myself to go.) I make my living by, mostly, arranging letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into stories. Whether I’m running a Facebook campaign, tweeting incessantly, or crafting a blog post, I’m … Read More

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Congratulations to Carlton Cyder For Their ‘Cider Of The Year’ Award

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While attending the annual Willamette Week Beer Guide release party to celebrate cider’s inclusion, yours truly chose quite the prominent seat to thumb through the guide. Congratulations to the WWeek’s #1 cider of the year, Carlton Cyderworks Carry Nation! Plenty of ciders I dig placed well, including Lorrie’s Gold by Reverend Nat (drink at room temp for best experience) and … Read More

Tyler HurstCongratulations to Carlton Cyder For Their ‘Cider Of The Year’ Award

Is MillerCoors Advertising Ridiculously Sexist?

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MillerCoors ridiculous sexist Smith & Forge is an embarrassment to the industry, but after their take on Miller Fortune, I’m not surprised.

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Second Sunday Cider With Schilling Cider Recap

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Our first three Second Sunday Cider events were held at the inimitable Cheese Bar. While the cider paired with cheese was fantastic, the turnout just wasn’t what we had hoped for. We wanted to try something else. We wanted it to be a community-driven event, we wanted people to have access to plenty of cider and cheese, and we wanted … Read More

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Snowdrift Cider Co is EXACTLY what I’d expect an (East) Wenatchee cidery to be

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This past weekend, while in eastern Washington for a memorial service (read about that here, if you like), I made stopping by Snowdrift Cider Co a requirement. You see, most of my family members grew up in Eastern Washington, my parents went to rival high schools in East Wenatchee and Wenatchee, and my grandparents owned an apple orchard that they … Read More

Tyler HurstSnowdrift Cider Co is EXACTLY what I’d expect an (East) Wenatchee cidery to be