Cider News: September 2013

September 27, 2013

If you remember at all, last year the East Coast had a horrible apple crop while Washington State had a larger than normal crop. Well, apple trees tend to be a little bi-annual, so last year’s crop failure has lead to this year’s bumper. I’m predicting next year to be a hard year again as a result.

Meanwhile, there is legislation here in the US to lower taxes on craft cider, and I’ve thrown in some other stories from around the world as cautionary tales.


Cider News: July 2013

July 26, 2013

Last Friday of the July, and the cider news that is coming out is about how businesses have grown and industry figures around the world. I don’t often report world cider news, but I’m curious about what they are doing and if the US might trend like that.

Other Local News:

Cider News: March 2013

March 29, 2013

Also check out Hard Cider News and The Cider Times.

Other industry news:

Cider News: January 2013

January 25, 2013

It is post-harvest and post holiday season, so the cider hype has died down, and the stuff that remains is the good business news.

Cider News:

Local alcohol news:


Cider News: November 2012

November 30, 2012

Admittedly, the market news makes me sad that I have not been able to hardly start working on my own cider business.

Cider News:

Interesting Beer and Wine News:

Local News: The Reflector: Vancouver winemaker fines new home in Ridgefield. October 30, 2012

Check out the Events Page for holiday fun!

Cider News: October 2012

October 26, 2012

The cider pressing season is ramping up, and the news is reflecting that. Believe it or not, this isn’t everything, as I actually kind of censored and sorted through what I thought was more interesting to read. The really interesting ones business wise I put a star in front of.

Really, the tend of the news is this: hard cider sales are up 50% from the year before. I didn’t really grab the articles related to the apple crops, but they are a playing force this year. See, due to this year’s weather, the national apple crop is down 14%. The number one producer, Washington State, is up with its second-biggest apple crop in history, but this is an anomaly. Out of the next largest apple producers, New York is half of what it was last year, and Michigan is down 90%. Back east, they have a sweet cider/tourism industry hurt by this, as small crops = high apple prices = higher sweet cider prices in a weak general economy, reducing tourism. This all factors into farmers struggling to keep their orchards, so they are turning to making hard cider as a way to gain profit (see The Wall Street Journal video for the best explanation).

Here is the (mostly) US cider market news for October:

Please note that the US Cider Conference 2013 is February 7 & 8 in Chicago.

Other local SW Washington/Oregon news:

Other News: