One from the cellar…

In this edition of the Traveling Cider Lovers adventures we bring you one from the cellar. As occasionally happens geographic separation kept us from having a new adventure this week.  It did however present us with the opportunity to dig a cider with a story out of the cellar!  It is nice to have new adventures each week but going to the cellar is a chance for a trip down memory lane or a chance to rediscover a forgotten bottle stashed away in the depths.

In this case we didn’t have to reach too deep into the depths of our cellar to find a cider we were interested in trying; it even has an adventure that goes with it! At the beginning of February good fortune allowed half of our team to attend CiderCon in Portland, Oregon.  What a great event!

One of the stops on a tour of the Willamette Valley area was Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.  This place is definitely worth a visit if you ever get the chance.  The commitment to making delicious ciders as well as environmental stewardship was impressive to say the least.  Just check out their Alt Transport Program:

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Fortunately, some delicious Wandering Aengus cider survived the trip back to Western New York.  Bushwhacker Cider in Portland had among its amazing cider selection several of the Wandering Aengus ciders.  The one that made it out of the cellar this week is:  Ashmead’s Kernel

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Him:  Lightly golden but brilliant in color this single varietal is clear with larger bubbles.  First sniff is green and grassy but diving deeper into the nose brings sweetness a combination or ripe pear and apple aromas with a subtle hint of toasted nuts.  This is a bone dry, high acid cider that is light bodied at first though the alcohol brings it almost to a medium body.  The fruity apple and pear from the nose come through in the flavor as well.  They are joined by subtle caramel notes and gooseberry flavors.  It finishes with a slight bit of tannin though the acidity makes it a mostly clean finish.

Her : I love the color of this cider. Upon first smell, I immediately smelled pears. Upon second sniff, I found a nice aroma of apples and pears combined. Within the first sip and touch on the tongue, my mouth started watering. The more I try different ciders, the more I like the tart, dry style ciders. This cider has a nice clean finish that made me want to keep going back for more.

Until our next adventure

A & S

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Travel to get exCIDERed about

So, it all started with a shared love of good food, craft beverages and a want to travel and explore the world. Yes, we are talking about our relationship but also about the purpose and idea behind this blog. We want to take you with us on each of our adventures in search of cider and through time see how our palettes for craft beverages, specifically cider, have evolved and changed.

Like we do on most of our adventures, one of our favorite things is to dive in and find out who is behind the product that we are sampling. We like to find out what their story is and what brought them to where they are today. To be fair and follow our own rule of getting to know the people we meet wherever we go, here is a spinet of our story!

We are Alex and Steph. Our main love is traveling. Both of us have traveled to several parts of the world separately: Europe, China, Ghana, Panama, Korea, Japan, Thailand. Together, we are exploring the good ole’ USA one state at a time.MtWashington

Along with travel, we love good, local food and beverages. We are huge supporters in buying and supporting what is local. This philosophy extends to wherever we travel. During our early traveling days, we focused on finding the best local food places around. Lately, as our love for cider has grown, we have focused our travels on also finding local cider. Since we live in upstate New York, many ciders will be from the Northeast but we try to travel as much as possible. Hopefully, one day, branching outside the USA together!

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We hope you can join us in our journey. If you’re a cider lover, maybe you’ll find something new to try, if you’ve heard of cider but haven’t tried it maybe you’ll venture out and expand your palette.

Either way, we only have one rule here: HAVE FUN EXPLORING THE WORLD OF CIDER!

Until our next adventure,

A & S