Posts by Michelle McGrath

Pick Cider for The Holidays

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest weeks of the year for cider, and November and December is a time to shine! We are once again offering members free promotional materials as a membership benefit. All print material orders will include tabloid-sized Thanksgiving posters and generic holiday/Christmas double-sided table tents.  Just need a logo? Please find…

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USACM Board Announces New Seats for 2020 Election

With over 900 cider producers and counting, the cider industry is a mosaic of business models, cider styles, geographies and individuals. Since we first earned our non-profit status in 2014, USACM has worked to push forward programming that benefits everybody in our industry’s ecosystem. One way we do this is by making efforts to ensure…

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CiderCon® 2020 is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

You can now register to attend CiderCon® 2020–the world’s premiere industry event for the cider community. It’s taking place in sunny and happening Oakland, California at the Marriott from Tuesday, January 28-Friday, January 31. Check out the rough schedule here and read on for exciting insights. What’s new at CiderCon®? We are glad you asked! After a brief hiatus,…

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Test Driving a Cider Lexicon

The United States Association of Cider Makers introduced our first cider style guide in 2017.  Our ultimate target audience was consumers. How can we help consumers find a cider they like and come back to the category again and again, and how can we advance this goal by training beverage professionals, the folks that interface…

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Stop Tax Increases

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act EXPIRES at the end of 2019. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act created critical but temporary excise tax credits for beer, wine, spirit and cider producers. This cross-sector cooperation was unprecedented, and the results have been clear—our industries create jobs, support farms, and bolster community…

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Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?

Every week I speak with a producer that is unknowingly overpaying their taxes. Last week a quick email resulted in one of our smallest members getting a $700 tax refund. It’s understandable that people are confused about their taxes. In particular, I find there a misunderstanding that because the cider tax rate was expanded with…

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Is your label compliant?

Since the enactment of the CIDER Act, the cider tax rate applies to products that are under 8.5% ABV, under 0.64 gram of carbon dioxide per 100 milliliters and contain no other fruit than apples or pears. As of January 1, 2019, the TTB is requiring all cider (not just cider >7% ABV) that qualifies…

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USACM Solicits Feedback On Cider Styles

It is the USACM’s mission to move our industry forward and grow a cider community that is successful and inclusive, entrepreneurial and diverse. That’s why the USCAM’s style guidelines are a living document – a work in progress, open to new information and new perspectives. We encourage anyone to provide feedback through our annual style survey [Click…

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NOW OPEN: 2019 Feedback Form for USACM Cider Styles

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We call our USACM Cider Style Guide a living document. We’ve updated it twice since its first release in the fall of 2017, both times based on the feedback of the cider industry. It’s our goal to be transparent and responsive to our members, so we built an annual feedback mechanism directly into our cider lexicon…

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2018 USACM Award Results Announced

The results are in! Here’s a complete list of 2018 USACM Award Winners. All our award winners are selected by USACM members, except for Member of the Year and Significant Contribution to the Cider Industry Awards which are selected by the USACM Board of Directors. This is the fourth year we’ve honored people who are…

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