Well, what an anti-climax. Apparently I, and my apple-based vocation, are of zero interest to the authorities and before I know it, I’m in Chicago. It’s my first time in this fabled city and I’m keen to see if it lives up to its Windy City billing having had resided in Windy Welly for a while – technically the windiest city in the … Read More Global Cider Tour Part 3: USA (United States of Apple-fermented-beverages)
So, eleven years of appreciating, drinking, making and championing cider culminates in this moment – it’s time for The Ciderologist to go BIG! Come and join me for the ride. Wassail!
Australia doesn’t want me to leave. Quite literally. I am held up at Sydney airport whilst the most gargantuan downpour breaks the heat that has been building all day. All operations stop whilst the threat of the electrical storm passes. When we finally get into Wellington, via a mildly sphincter-relaxing, turbulence rock’n’roller, my bag is wet. Not wet, as in, … Read More Global Cider Tour Part 2: Cyclone Cook invades NZ
This time of year in The Shire is proper lush (quite literally, in fact, with the warm, wet days we’ve had). I departed the UK on the 29th March, leaving behind bare hedgerows, a nip in the air and the last of the Dymock Daffodils festooning the woodlands and hedgerows like a vivid, 1970s shag pile carpet. Upon my return, some four … Read More Global Cider Tour Part 1: Debbie & Drew
It’s a hard knock life. I spent last week in the company of some of the world’s top cider makers, supping and slurping (but most definitely not spitting) 139 of the finest ciders and flavoured ciders from around the world at the biennial International Cider Awards. This event sits alongside its bigger brother, the International Brewing Awards: one of the most respected and … Read More International Cider Awards