Darlene Hayes

Cider expert and author of Cider Cocktails – Another Bite of the Apple, Darlene Hayes has traveled throughout the world interviewing cidermakers, growers, and researchers, all the while drinking many fabulous ciders and trying to wrap her head around cider, past and present. She is a well regarded international cider judge and teacher, editor of the cider zine Malus, and writes about cider for a variety of other publications, including a regular column for Spirited Magazine, as well as at allintocider.com. She makes a bit of cider of her own from her orchard where she is conducting research on the impact of terroir on apples used for cider.

Rob Durham

Rob Durham is a cidermaker with durham cider + wine co. They utilize nature’s generosity through the magical meanderings of natural fermentation. The fruit is allowed to speak and then gently guided towards balance without manipulation. The focus is to produce an honest and sincere beverage. They believe that for a cider or wine to truly become a beautiful beverage it should be openly available in a welcoming manner to all showing interest.

Rob does a little bit of everything from sourcing and processing fruit, to fermentation guide, to labeler/bottler, to tasting room attendant and janitor, to dabbling in marketing, sales and customer service. 

Rob chose to become a Certified Pommelier™ to test his knowledge and if deemed adequate help further the advancement and understanding of cider and apple-based beverages on the tables and in the glasses.