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Stem Ciders | Rosé Cider Release

May 10, 2019 |

Stem Ciders is excited to announce the rosiest addition to their lineup: Rosé Cider! Perfect to pair with just about anything, Stem will be releasing this addition on May 11. They’ll be hosting release events at both their RiNo Taproom, as well as at Acreage in Lafayette. The Rosé is a blend of off-dry cider made from fresh-pressed apples and red wine that’s made in Colorado.

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Event Preview | A Salted Cucumber Returns

March 12, 2019 |

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only green-themed boozy celebration this month. Stem Ciders is feting the return of A Salted Cucumber, one of its most popular seasonal releases, with parties at both its RiNo taproom and its Acreage restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado.

Produced in collaboration with Denver-based The Real Dill, A Salted Cucumber is a Gose-style cider first created two years ago in honor of the pickle company’s five-year anniversary. Stem will be selling 10-ounce pours for $5 throughout the day and night on Saturday, March 16 at its RiNo location. Read More

Stem Ciders Acquires North Carolina’s Black Twig Cider House

February 7, 2019 |

Just weeks after Stem Ciders celebrated their 5th Anniversary, they’re about to embark on another major milestone. The Denver-based cidery announced yesterday that they have acquired Black Twig Cider House in Durham, N.C and will be re-branding the location as The Northern Spy, named after an apple varietal often used in Stem’s line of ciders.

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Stem Ciders | Chile Guava Apple Cider

November 1, 2018 |

“Cider is too sweet. Cider isn’t beer.” If that’s your thought on the matter of ciders, I would implore you first to refrain from comparing cider to beer. Beer is beer. Whiskey is whiskey. Wine is wine. And cider is cider. Yes, the packaging and crafted nature of the business has often allowed the two imbibe industries to converge, but they are not the same. I would then suggest next that you explore ciders as its own entity; you’ll find that the ciders of today are nothing like the jugged-cider sold at family pumpkin fests, and they differ greatly from the hard cider that first emerged fifteen to twenty years ago. Cider today is innovative, nuanced and balanced, demonstrated exquisitely by Stem Ciders‘ Chile Guava Apple Cider.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 22 Chicago Beer News & Events

October 22, 2018 |

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected].

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Brothers Craft Brewing | Blonde Betty Imperial Blonde Ale

October 16, 2018 |

Autumn is the season of pies. Whether it’s pumpkin, sweet potato or pecan, we all know the colder months bring forth a nostalgic desire for those traditionally warming, sweet sensations. So when the wave of pumpkin-spiced everything (including beer) takes over, how do you stand out? Brothers Craft Brewery cuts to the core of this dilemma by releasing a specially brewed apple ale, Blonde Betty.

There is no beer scene in the Shenandoah Valley without the influence of Brothers Craft Brewery, formerly known as Three Brothers. These guys have been providing wonderful beers in the Appalachian Mountains since the Virginia beer boom in 2012 by catering to both sides of the craft beer spectrum. They recently won Best in Show at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup for their flagship Lil Hellion; their barrel-aged beers like Resolute and Drunken Mornings are loved by rare beer collectors.

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Ultimate 6er | 2018-19 NHL Players & Beer Pairings

October 3, 2018 |

Let’s break the ice already, hockey season is finally here! If the release of NHL ’19 and pre-season isn’t enough, you’re probably missing a beer. Luckily, we have six incredible beer pairings to pair with the players on the ice this season. Tons of trades have been announced and, as fans get ready to cheer on their favorite team and players, we will have the proper beer to cheer them on with. Every ABV matches the number of the player so you won’t lose track of them on the ice no matter how many beers you decide to drink!

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Ultimate 6er | The Annual Family Camping Trip

June 27, 2018 |

Ahh, summer! It brings the promise of fun moments in the sun and exciting new adventures. Embedded in every season are holidays we love to celebrate and traditions that will never die. Some folks schedule a week-long beach trip, others like to go lodging at the lake. But, there is one tradition I have entered into sheerly by association and that is the annual family camping trip To Knoebel’s. Read More

Schlafly Can Release Helps Beer Drinkers Love Cider

May 28, 2018 | 1

Are you enjoying the cider renaissance?

It is real, but up until now, I pretty much ignored ciders as nothing more than a decent option for those who wanted beer, but couldn’t have one due to gluten or sugar issues. Boy, was I wrong! After seeing the opening of St. Louis’ first cidery, I’m ready to give this ancient beverage a chance.
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Cooking With Cider | Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Blake’s Hard Cider El Chavo

May 4, 2018 |

This is my favorite time of year — the warm weather has arrived, daylight is lasting just a little bit longer each day and the flavors of the season are in abundance. I truly get excited when the pineapples are put out on display at my local produce market because that means it’s salsa time! Since Cinco de Mayo is here, I felt there was no better time than now to make my favorite spicy pineapple salsa. This time, I’m throwing in a little twist with this fresh dip. My secret ingredient — mango habanero cider!

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Prospect Ciderworks | Sidro

March 29, 2018 |

For some, cider season begins when the leaves start to turn and ends when the snow starts to fall. For me, cider season is year-round. There are so many variations and beer blends that I’m continuously discovering and have yet to try – and Sidro, that’s your queue.

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Insert Tree Pun Here: First Look as Stem Ciders’ Acreage Opens for Business

February 23, 2018 |

Stem Ciders is finally branching out, they’ve taken root in Lafayette and they’re sprouting a restaurant concept. Whatever punny way you wish to view it, one thing’s certain, Stem Ciders, which first opened in the River North Art District in January 2014, will open their Acreage Cider House restaurant and production facility this Saturday just over 20 miles north in Lafayette, CO.

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Stem Ciders Celebrates One Year in Chicago, Looks Ahead to 2018

February 19, 2018 |

At the 2017 Cider Summit in Chicago, Denver’s Stem Ciders was officially introduced into the Chicago market. One year later, they’ve carved out a nice foothold in the growing cider offerings throughout the city and have been able to stand out in a very crowded space.

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Downeast Cider | Roasted Joe

February 5, 2018 |

Hard cider has transformed from a fall treat into a year-round staple in the fridge. And, in an industry saturated with more and more makers every year, Boston-based Downeast Cider continues to flex its cider-making muscles with its unique concoctions. These two factors seem to play a role in the latest releases from Downeast: seasonal ciders that can hit your palette from summer to winter, and simultaneously not out of place. And this is where Roasted Joe comes in.

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Chicago Quick Sips | December 4

December 4, 2017 |

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected].

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Cider Showcase | Cidergeist (Rhinegeist) Bubbles

July 7, 2017 |

ABV: 6.2%

Full disclosure – I have never been much of a cider drinker. My friends can all attest that whenever we head out to a bar, I’m sticking to beer. Whether it’s the cloying sweetness of some or the champagne dryness of others, I haven’t quite had the best luck when it comes to craft ciders. So when I was recently offered a can of Bubbles by Rhinegeist, needless to say my past experiences prompted me to accept with some hesitation. Luckily, any and all hesitation was obliterated as soon as I took that first sip. It was amazing.

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The PorchCast | Ep 37 Cider Week Colorado

May 26, 2017 | 1

For episode 37 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Hunter and Sam were joined by Eric Foster and Ryan Means of Stem Ciders, Brad Page and Xandy Bustamante from Colorado Cider Company and Eric Hatlestad of C Squared Ciders at The Pint Room in Littleton, CO to talk about Cider Week Colorado as well as the state of the Colorado Cider industry.

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Event Recap: 5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

February 14, 2017 |

If there’s one thing to take away from the 5th annual Cider Summit held in Chicago this past Saturday it’s that the future of craft cider is very bright. While there is definitely a long way to go, the sold out event showcased cider as an emerging beverage in the industry.

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Recapping Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Competition

February 7, 2017 |

On a basketball court located in the Chicago Athletic Association, mixologists from some of Chicago’s best known bars and restaurants concocted unique Stone Fence cocktails for Virtue Cider’s 3rd Annual Stone Fence Competition.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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Event Preview | 5th Annual Cider Summit Chicago

January 31, 2017 |

Just a few years ago if you wanted a hard cider your options were limited. Today artisanal cider is a rapidly growing industry with a wide variety of ciders to sample. Now in it’s 5th year, the Cider Summit Chicago opens up the world of artisanal cider to the general public with over 150 different ciders to try.

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