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Episode 39 – Ben Wenk – Ploughman Cider

This episode features Ben Wenk of Ploughman Cider   “Greetings From Adams County”.  Ben’s family has been farming the land here since the 1820’s.  After selling produce at a farmers market in Philadelphia, Ben decided to try a Strongbow.  It was different.  Not sticky sweet like other ciders.  He went home and tried making his first batch of cider.  From there he was hooked.  Adams County is considered Apple Capital USA.  On this episode Ben and I discuss cider, apples and fruit tree farming.  “Cider is not a value added product”, Ben explains.  We enjoyed this fascinating look into Ben’s families heritage and his passion for cider making.     

1606 Bendersville-Wenksville Road, Aspers, PA 17304 – www.ploughmancider.com – (717) 677-7186 – Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Strongbow Cider

Luckyleaf

Musselman’s

Dornick

VinoShipper

Three Springs Fruit Farm

Ploughshares Cider Club

John Bunker

Big Hill Ciderworks

Jack’s Hard Cider

Reid’s Cider House

Gettysburg Farmers Market

Ploughman Cider Taproom

Pour The Core

Pennsylvania Cider Guild

Philly Cider Week

The Botany of Desire

Farnum Hill Ciders

Episode 29 – Stone & Key Cellars – Jason Harris

This episode features Jason Harris of Stone & Key Cellars.   Jason and I discuss the experience of building Keystone Homebrew supply back in 1992.  At the time he was on the cutting edge of the homebrew industry.  We talk about the development of their amazing ciders and the growth of Stone & Key Cellars. 435 Doylestown Rd, Montgomeryville, PA 18936   215-855-4567  – www.stoneandkeycellars.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Spotted Lantern Fly

Coronavirus

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Charlie Papazian

How to Brew

John J. Palmer

University of Vermont

Delaware Vally University

Keystone Homebrew Supply

Farnum Hill Ciders

Solebury Orchards

Episode #24 – Hale & True Cider Co. – Risa and Kerry McKenzie

Risa and Kerry McKenzie

This episode features Risa McKenzie and Kerry McKenzie of Hale & True Cider Company.  The Cider company got it’s start from a love of all things fermented.  Risa and Kerry fell in love with the science behind fermentation and the process.  Once they tried a local hard cider it changed the trajectory of their lives and they have not looked back.  

613 S 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 – 267-639-4334  – www.haleandtrue.com –  On Facebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Frecon Farms

Cornel University

Weavers Orchard

Philly Foodworks

Enartis Yeast

Cidercon

Kurant Brew & Brew

Bella Vista

South Street

Okey Dokie Donuts

Cheers!!!

Episode #21 – Liquid Alchemy Revisited

It’s been a year since we visited with Jeffrey Cheskin and Terri Sorantino.  We thought that we would check in and see what they have been up to at THE LAB.  We discuss their ever growing and extensive barrel program, as well as, the creative ingredients that they have been using in their Meads and Ciders.

Liquid Alchemy 28 Brookside Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804

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Highlights from our discussion:

Painted Stave Distilling

First State Brew Tours

Arkansas Black Apple

Girl Scout Cookies

Soursop

Capitol Cider

Fifer Orchard

Cheers!!!

City of Ciderly-Love

In 1775, John Adams complained about the quality of Philadelphia alcohols in a letter to his wife Abigail. He was homesick for her cider. If John Adams were around Philly today he would be texting Abigail about the amazing hard cider that is being produced. It is the apple that was one of the first crops grown in America. Apples made the voyage over on the Mayflower. In Colonial America, fermented beverages were an important source of safe drinking water. Cider was the way that many started the day. An average of 35 gallons of hard cider, per person, was being consumed each year by the mid 1700’s. Prohibition nearly eradicated hard cider. The only apples that remained were eating apples. Many cider orchards were burned to the ground by die-hard temperance advocates. Fast forward to today. Cider has not only made a comeback, it is thriving. The Philadelphia Cider scene is fresh, vibrant and creative. Pennsylvania orchards are once again supplying delicious varieties that are perfect for pressing. Here are 4 cideries in Philadelphia that you need to check out and go back to again.

COMMONWEALTH CIDER

2440 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
info@commonwealthciders.com

Website: www.commonwealthciders.com

Make the trip out to Kensington where you will enjoy all natural and gluten free-hard cider in the Peacock Room. This place boasts a lively neighborhood atmosphere and an outside beer garden. The line up includes a Traditional Dry cider, Gregarious Ginger, Black Cherry and a Razzberet Tart. They put out a delicious seasonal cider as well. Plan to stay a while because they are brewing up some sensational beer here too.

HALE & TRUE CIDER COMPANY

613 S. 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 info@haleandtrue.com

Website: www.haleandtrue.com

This chic taproom is located just a short walk off of South Street in the Bella Vista section of Philly. You will most likely find Kerry and Risa McKenzie sharing their passion for cider and cider production. The cider menu features The Standard, Hail To The Hop and Lil’ Sunshine. They are always creating a seasonal cider and you may discover a small batch release or two.

Kurant Brew & Brew

436 E Girard Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

Website: www.kurantbrewandbrew.com

In the heart of Fishtown you will find Joe Getz creating crisp, clean and honest to goodness delicious cider. Cans are waiting and ready for you to bring home your favorites. We would agree that their ciders have more similarities with white wine than with American ciders. Enjoy: Earth, Bees and Viejo with their “Exploration Series” in the taproom.

Original 13 Ciderworks

1526 N American St Philadelphia, PA 19122

Website: www.original-13.com

Kensington is the home of Original 13 Ciderworks is helping to lead the renaissance of a once industrious area. Here you will discover founder John Kowchak’s creation. Housed in a railroad shed it is an atmosphere for fun, conversation and first rate food. Sir Charles Hard Cider is named after John’s cider making grandfather. On tap you will find: Semi-Dry, Deep Blue Berry Sea and Strawberry Valkyrie. Seasonal’s are ready and waiting to quench your cider thirst.

Episode #18 with Jim Pappas of Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure

On the set of Fermented Adventure The Show

This episode features Jim Pappas of Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure. It was recorded at the Peacock Room. We enjoyed 2 great cheesesteaks in the Cheesesteak Adventure style and paired them with Philadelphia Brewing beers and Commonwealth Cider. Jim started his adventure of cheesesteak goodness at Claymont Steaks Shop in Delaware. Driving Uber and Lyft he got to talk with other fellow cheesesteak lovers who would talk about their favorites and defend them to the end. To date Jim has tried over 500 cheesesteaks. Check out his pages:  Facebook ~ Instagram ~ YouTube

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Highlights from our discussion:

Cafe Lift

Coffee House Too – Hangover Cheesesteak

Angelos Pizzeria

Italian Kitchen Pennsville, NJ

Dattilo’s Deli

Saad’s Halal Restaurant

Peter & Son’s Sandwiches

TenderBones Rib Shack

Johnson & Wales University

Rowhouse Spirits Distillery

The Grey Lodge Pub

Four Sons Pizzeria

Cheers!

Getting Closer

The Podcast in Full Effect

It’s that moment when you realize, “This is real”. This is really going to be happening. Butterflies… Nausea… Dry Mouth. The car keeps moving forward and the moment is getting closer. I have taken this ride a dozen times to the LAB. I know the landmarks, the traffic lights and where to expect congestion on the road. January 2nd was a different experience. The first episode of the podcast was scheduled to be recorded. Would the computer work? Would the Microphone work? Did I forget anything?

I’m relieved to say that all worked. The 50+ minutes of recording was such an incredible experience. Now on to editing. That has been a whole different leaning process. Setting up the intro, fading in and out of music, and much time spent on YouTube. By next week the Podcast should be loaded onto Anchor, I Tunes and et al. Thanks to everyone that has been patient answering my questions. Let the Fermented Adventure continue. Cheers!

It’s Almost Ready

Fermented Adventure The Podcast

It’s been almost 3 years in the making. We have visited over 100+ Distilleries in 12 states. There were long drives, planes and rental cars. There were times that we got to the distillery to find they were closed for the day for a private party (Note: Yes, we have to call first). Rain, snow, thunderstorms and even skipping meals didn’t keep us from the opportunity to check out some amazing craft distilled spirits. We have met some of the nicest and most genuine down to earth people. Dedicated and inspired. Scientist and geniuses with a still.

It started with the idea for a Facebook site to document our “adventures”. Then came the Instagram page. A few months ago we decided that we wanted to share the stories of the people that we get to meet along the way. The first interview is tomorrow at Liquid Alchemy Beverages or the LAB. You will find the podcast up and running with a week on Anchor and I Tunes and wherever else we can put it. We hope that you enjoy the podcast and it becomes one of your favorites in 2019. Cheers!

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