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Episode 57 – Grand Illusion Hard Cider – Chad Kimmel

This episode features Chad Kimmel of Grand illusion Hard Cider.The name Grand Illusion Hard Cider was inspired by magic. Slight of hand if you will.  The inspiration for this cider comes from the tasting rooms that you find at breweries. Originally conceived to be a tasting room for wine, Chad made a serendipitous pivot into cider and opened his own vision for what a craft American cidery should be.  He draws his inspiration from his own experiences and and the ciders that he has tried.  Putting his own spin on the flavor profile.  Grand Illusion opened its doors on February 2018 and has quickly become an anchor attraction in downtown Carlisle, PA.     26 W High St, Carlisle, PA 17013 – (717) 462-4716 – www.grandillusioncider.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Wyndridge Cider Co.

Run It Like a Rock Star

Tired Hands Brewery

PA Libations

Stone & Key Cellars

Upper Reach Meadery

Kingview Mead

Pour The Core

Kyle Purnell

Harrisburg Area Community College

Angry Orchard

Woodchuck Hard Cider

Carla Snyder

Original 13 Ciderworks

St. Vrain Cidery

Ploughman Cider

Big Hill Ciderworks

Carlisle, PA

Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

Finger Lakes Cider House

Hook & Flask Still Works

Penn State University

Episode 56 – Original 13 Ciderworks – John Kowchak and Petra Manchina

This episode features John Kowchak and Petra Manchina of Original 13 Ciderworks. John’s Grandfather Charles Steckel worked in apple orchards and learned how to make hard cider.  John’s journey began as a home brewer of beer.  On a fateful day he had a conversation with his grandfather who shared with him that he made hard cider in his basement.  John pays tribute to has grandfather with the Sir Charles line.  John saw opening a cidery in Philadelphia as a continuation of his families entrepreneurial roots.  In 2013 Original 13 was born and at the time there were no cideries in Philadelphia.  In 2017 they opened the doors.  In this episode John and Petra share their take and vision on the cider and mead that they are creating.  The cocktail program, tasting room and restaurant.  They are producing some incredible and complex cider.  Full of flavor, character and some wonderful surprises.1526 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 –

(215) 765-7000 – www.original-13.comFacebook

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Highlights from our discussion:

Samson & Surrey

5:dirty Martinis

Magners Irish Cider

Atacama Dessert

Blueberry Capital of the World

PA Cider Guild

Punch Buggy Brewing Company

Capitol Cider

Clint Holmes

Hale & True Cider Co.

Basque Cider

Strongbow Apple Cider

Peter Mitchell

Cider & Perry Academy

Arsenal Cider House

Applejack

Episode 41 – Dressler Estate – Brian and Olga Dressler

This episode features Brian Dressler and Olga Dressler of Dressler Estate.   “An exceptional dry cider made from modern apples is possible. ”  It all started in a one bedroom apartment on the Main Line just outside of Philly.   Brian needed a hobby and decided to homebrew cider.  His roots are in apples.  Olga didn’t think that it was a good idea at first but she quickly change her toon.  Making cider became a shared hobby, something they could have together.  A trip to New England sealed the deal for their passions for cider making.  

email:  partners@dresslerestate.com – www.dresslerestate.com – Facebook

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Leaf Peepers

Robert Mondavi

Downingtown, PA

Manatawny Still Works

PA Cider Guild

Vino Shipper

American Keg Company

East Branch Brewing Company

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm

Main Beer Company

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

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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 5 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 CLOSED

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.

Young America Hard Cider

6350 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144

Website: www.youngamericancider.com

Young American are the new “old” kids on the block. They have been producing cider for years. Selling at farmers markets and festivals. They opened a quaint tasting room in the historic Germantown-Mount Airy section of Philly. There is a nice outdoor area with fire pits for when the weather turns cold. They are offering some well made, finely crafted ciders: Traditional, Tart Cherry, Bourbon & Bitters, Blue Ginger, Blood Orange and Hopped. Come hungry because they are making some tasty hand made food as well. The Savory hand pies are a spectacular compliment to their cider.

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