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Valley Forge Beer and Cider Festival 2021

It was an amazing scene at The Greater Philadelphia Expo in Oaks on Saturday, December 4th. Over 2,300 beer and cider fans had their choice from over 40 breweries and cideries. There was even a winery too. The theme, of ugly sweaters, brought even more merriment to the party. Of course this made for some great people watching.

The lines moved quickly and there were certainly plenty of choices to please even the most discerning palate. It was great to see some old friends and make some new ones too. We enjoyed tasting an array of stouts, IPA’s, amblers and lagers. There were sweet ciders and dry ones. Fruit filled expressions and some most comparable to a fine wine.

Brewscuits was on hand for the dog lovers in the crowed. Uncle Alex was there from Phygit foods to make sure everyone had their pretzel necklaces. Franky-Deep was there to tantalize the hot sauce aficionados and the Jerky Hut had so many flavors it was not easy to choose. Oh, and the bacon. We can’t forget Bacon on a Stick That’s It. HOLY PORKAPALOOZA! We were glad that we didn’t miss Truly Pure & Natural with their hand crafted raw creamed honey.

The DJ kicked the vibe up a notch. The floor was packed with a cornucopia of laughter and movement doing line dancing and holding onto their glasses as they turned and twirled. Close by the sounds of axes striking the target made for its own melody.

As for us, we had a fantastic time interviewing the breweries, cideries and other vendors. It’s always fun for us to be educated and discover new flavors. Some close by and others from places that we can’t wait to visit.

We are looking forward to the next events produced by Starfish Junction. Keep an eye on their website, social media or sign up for their news letter to stay informed.

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Highlights From our Discussion:

Attic Brewing

Blakes Hard Cider

Log Yard Brewing

SWIG

Brother Monk Ciderworks

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

Bad Seed Brewery

Stickman Brews

Free Will Brewing

Northwest Cider Club – Date Night Chronicles – Free Water Cider Company and Woodinville Ciderworks

We are on the road for this episode of “Date Night Chronicles”.  We come to you from Montpelier, VT where we share our latest adventures and taste 2 great ciders that the Northwest Cider Club provided… Free Water Cider Company – Opal Dry Cider – Barrel Aged and Woodinville Ciderworks – Red Flesh Hard Apple Cider

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Highlights from our discussion:

West Overton Village and Distillery

Valley Forge Beer and Cider Fest

Caledonia Spirits

Whistle Pig Whiskey

Taconic Distillery

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Foam Brewers

Stowe Cider

Citizen Cider

Smugglers Notch Distillery

Prohibition Pig

Oaks & Evelyn

Von Trapp Brewing

Whole Foods Market

Mad River Distillers

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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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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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Highlights from our discussion:

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

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Take a moment to check out the highlights from this years past Philly Crafty Beer Festival.

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!!!

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