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Beer Country

A digest about that other famous beverage

Welcome to cider country

A countless number of times we have heard Sonoma County referred to as ‘Wine Country’. I would be preaching to the choir if I told you that this part of the world is also making some of the best beer. Now that we have that established, it’s time to open ourselves to the wonderful world of ciders. Locally we have Ace Cider who has been making cider for many years in the Sebastopol area. Their first cider was released in… Read More »

More questions than answers on cider

Once in a while, reporters just have to admit what they don’t know. In a story out this morning, we explore a peculiar little bill that zipped through the California legislature earlier this year and was signed into law by the governor. It makes a change to the state’s liquor licensing to allow large brewers to make cider without applying for a separate license, despite the fact that cider is defined as wine in both state and federal law. The… Read More »

Tilted Shed to debut barrel-aged cider

Tiled Shed Ciderworks is preparing to debut its twist on the 2012 harvest with Barred Rock, a bourbon barrel-aged cider that they describe as “a plush, savory sipper, with notes of amaretto, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow.” The cider will debut at the Slow Food Russian River Local Cider & Cheese Pairing on Oct. 27 at Devoto Gardens in Sebsatopol. The event runs 3-6 p.m.; tickets are $35 for Slow Food members and $46 for non-members. Co-owner Ellen Cavalli says the… Read More »

Harvest Fair adds beer to tasting lineup

  Proving that Wine Country is in fact also Beer Country, the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair is offering a lineup of local beers this weekend. The tasting pavilion, traditionally the stomping ground for wine, will feature brew pours from Dempsey’s, Fogbelt Brewing, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, 101 North, HenHouse, and Moonlight. It will also feature cider from Sebastopol’s California Cider Company, parent of Ace Cider and the largest independent cidery in the country. There will be some interesting How-To workshops… Read More »