Ria Windcaller, MC extraordinaire at CiderChat, has been producing a cider podcast for a long time, so not only are there great upcoming episodes featuring producers from across
the world but also a fantastic back catalogue of over 200 episodes to explore. Now’s a good a time as any
to sit back and listen with a glass of the good stuff in hand. Recent makers featured include Rebel Apple from Moscow and Andy Hallett of Hallets Cider. Subscribe to ensure you don’t miss an episode.
Rising to the current challenges, everyone’s favourite cider celebrity
is embracing virtual opportunities to continue his mission to bring ciderology to the masses. Over the coming weeks, look out for Facebook and Instagram Live masterclasses, curated boxes with wholesalers (such as Crafty Nectar & Bath Road Beers) with online taste- alongs, plus cider courses – and the world’s biggest cider tasting – see News. Follow Gabe Cook on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss a beat: @ciderologist.
#RETHINKCIDER FACEBOOK GROUP
There’s a reason close to a thousand people have joined this online community. A positive, constructive forum that celebrates not only cider’s rich and varied history but also stories, you’ll always find something interesting to read, watch or take part in. #Rethinkcider, a phrase coined by Full Juice’s own Susanna Forbes and Britain’s first pommelier, Jane Peyton, is about changing the perception of what cider is and what it can be.
So sign up to the group and join the movement.
Those lovable London innovators
are pushing the boundaries to keep connected with consumers and cider fans. Their new YouTube channel, Hawkes TV, launched early April and they’ve already done new product launch reviews, cider school on the history of the apple, and how to make your own cider at home. Expect more fun and frolics over the coming weeks as they bring the Hawkes experience into your home.
Subscribe here: bit.ly/HawkesTV
FINE CIDER FRIDAY
James Finch, aka The Cider Critic, has been running a Friday night YouTube tasting of some very exceptional ciders and perries every week for almost a year now. Today, look out for virtual guest appearances and the odd live version with a cidermaker over on his instagram account (@thecidercritic).
You can subscribe to the Fine
Cider Friday channel here: bit.ly/ FineCiderFriday
CRAFTY NECTAR BLOG
Voted the best cider blog in the world last year, Crafty Nectar is a one-stop shop for entertaining reads about different producers, hot and challenging topics, debates and news. With contributions from owners, James Waddington and Ed Calvert, as well as long time guest writer, yours truly, plus other writers from all over the world, look out for single variety adventures and the spirit forms of cider. https://craftynectar.com/blogs/cider
That’s right, a whiskey review site in the top 10! Thanks to the superb writing of Adam Wells (@Drinkscribbler), Malt has embraced cider, big style. Recent articles include a trip to the Basque Country, exploring blending, the influence of wood and the Grand Crus of cider. Expect many more fantastic reads over the coming weeks, and check out Adam’s piece on the Basque Country for Full Juice (see page 12 of issue 4).
FullJuice’s very own Bill Bradshaw has used his fantastic camera skills to create a short 18 minute video for Sandford Orchards. It explores
the history of the business and the tradition of cider making in Devon, focusing on “Straw & Oak”, a dry cider pressed on straw using a traditional single screw press. Watch it for some beautiful scenery and a glimpse into cider’s rich heritage. https://www. facebook.com/sandfordorchards/
THE CIDER EXPLORER
Natalia Wszelaki, based in Berlin, has been reviewing ciders from across Europe for several years. Her honest, unbiased format has gained her a strong following and her reviews extend across the breadth of cider styles and types. Her most recent post includes a recap of a trip to the UK visiting some cider hot spots in London. Read back through her previous reviews – you may find a new producer or bottle to add to your online order list. https://ciderexplorer.wordpress.com
THE RED (ON)LION
CAMRA has launched an online
virtual pub and it’s well worth a visit. Anyone can register and book a table to share with friends, or simply join
the public bar for a lively chat. Look out for pub quizzes, taste-alongs, and other activities coming soon. This initiative is part of CAMRA’s wider #PullingTogether campaign which also includes a country-wide cider supplier map, local deliveries and online, curated by Dick Withecombe (see page 8 of issue 4). Look out too for its friendly Pubs. Pints. People. podcast as well as exciting future plans for some seriously far- reaching cider educational content. https://theredonlion.co.uk
JAMES FINCH blogs on cider @thecidercritic and vlogs too, at Fine Cider Friday. About to embark on his own cider journey, look out for Chapel Sider coming soon