Meet Our Certified Pommeliers™

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Becoming a Certified Pommelier is a remarkable achievement that celebrates dedication, perseverance, and a deep passion for the art and science of cider. It requires hours of rigorous study, sensory analysis practice, and a commitment to mastering the intricacies of cider. From learning about different apple varieties to understanding the complex flavors and aromas of ciders, Certified Pommeliers have honed their skills to expert levels. Their hard work and preparation not only showcase their knowledge and expertise but also exemplify their love for all things cider-related. Cheers to all Certified Pommeliers for their dedication and commitment to the craft!
Certified Pommeliers Worldwide

Aaron Homoya

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As one of the founding cidermakers, Aaron is responsible for your original favorite Ash & Elm Cider Co. flavors. He…

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Aaron MJ Gore

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Aaron MJ Gore is the founder of Fresh Pitch Beverage Consulting, helping craft beverage makers navigate the myriad challenges of…

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Adam Snyder

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Adam Snyder is a cider enthusiast from Cary, North Carolina. He works and uses his cider knowledge as a server…

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Adam Wells

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Adam Wells is a cider and perry writer, presenter and author. He is founder and lead writer of Cider Review,…

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Adrian Luna

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Adrian Luna’s journey into the world of cider started off as a spontaneous adventure with his friends. Four years ago,…

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Alexsis Cassady

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Alexsis Cassady is a cider influencer who can be found on Instagram @ciderminded. Becoming a Certified Pommelier™ has been one…

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Alicia Pelkey

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Alicia Pelkey is the head cidermaker at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Massachusetts, but as a New Hampshire resident is…

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Amie Fields

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Amie is a co-founder and Director of Sales and Brand Development at Botanist and Barrel Winery & Cidery in central…

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Andrew Byers

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Andrew Byers trained as a culinary botanist and has many years of experience in kitchens and orchards. As head cidermaker…

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Ann Bliss

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Ann Bliss’ enthusiasm for cider stemmed from a shared interest with her sister, and budded into a passion while working…

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Ann Marie Thornton

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The owners and founders of James Creek Orchards and James Creek Cider House, Ann Marie Thornton and her husband David…

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Anthony Chen

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Anthony is a cider enthusiast and the Head Brewer at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA. Briefly starting as…

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Anthony Lopez

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Anthony Lopez is the sidrero (cidermaker) at Casa de Oro Cider. He is a third generation American who can trace…

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Ashley Wilson

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Ashley Wilson stumbled upon the cider industry in 2021, but soon fell in love. She started off as a production…

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Barry Masterson

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Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Barry is owner, orchardist, and maker at Kertelreiter Cidery & Perry in the small village of…

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Brandon Buza

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Brandon Buza is a cidermaker, amateur orchardist, educator, and rare pomme fruit nerd. His journey into fermentation started unexpectedly when…

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Brian Wing

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Brian is Co-Owner and Head Cidermaker at Green Bench Brewing/Green Bench Mead & Cider in Saint Petersburg, Florida. A Michigan…

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Bridget Fields

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Bridget Fields discovered her passion for horticulture while a student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she volunteered at the…

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Bryan Barry

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Bryan Barry, originally from Long Island, currently calls the Hudson Valley his home. His enthusiasm with collecting and learning about…

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Brynn Nencetti

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After five years of experience in the cider industry, Brynn Nencetti has stepped down into a role of simple cider…

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Cam Workman

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Cam Workman has worked both on-premise and off-premise wine in bars and wine retail, as a production and packaging lead…

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Casey Simpson

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Casey Simpson is the Operations Manager at Artifact Cider Project. She oversees logistics and warehousing, and supports their production crew.…

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Charlee Oddo

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Charlee Oddo was born and raised in the heart of the New York Apple Belt and had an almost yearly…

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Charles McGonegal

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Charles McGonegal started AEppelTreow Winery (pronounced “apple true”) in 2001 as an elaborate ploy to buy his wife more jewelry. …

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Chase Rochon

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Chase Rochon is a hospitality professional and cider enthusiast currently living in his home state of Maine.  He fell in…

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Chris Jackson

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Chris Jackson was born and raised in Florida and then spent nearly 10 years in Southern California, so, upon arrival…

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Christian Rodriguez

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Born in the Bronx, Christian Rodriguez moved to New York’s Hudson Valley at a young age. While he has loved…

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Clayton Slaughter

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Dr. Clayton Slaughter serves as the head cidermaker and orchardist for Slaughter Orchard & Cidery in Bloomington, Indiana. Clay enjoys…

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Dan Schreffler

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Dan Schreffler is the President and Winemaker at Space Time Mead & Cider Works which opened in Dunmore, Pennsylvania in…

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Daniel James

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Daniel James has worked in the beverage and hospitality industry for over 10 years and has been a lover of…

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Danny Dispo

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Danny Dispo has spent the last decade honing his knowledge of food, beverage and hospitality through the lens of bartending…

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Darlene Hayes

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Darlene Hayes, Certified Pommelier and dipWSET, is a writer and educator based in Northern California. In addition to writing for…

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David Lindsey

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Dave is a cider enthusiast, career tech consultant, whole-food home cook and proudly identifies as a “cider nerd”. He is…

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David Lugo

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David Lugo is a cider enthusiast and is the Bar Operations Manager for the Clyde Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana.…

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David Thornton

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David and his wife Ann Marie started an orchard of Southern heirloom apple varieties on their farm in central North…

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Deirdre Birmingham

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Deirdre Birmingham and her husband John started their orchard in 2003 in Wisconsin for the purpose of making cider and…

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Don Whitaker

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Don Whitaker has been nurturing his passion for cider since relocating to Virginia from Georgia in 2016. Serendipitously, a position…

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Donatas Genys

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Donatas Genys is an apple grower, a cidermaker and the founder of Sodo Sidrinė in Lithuania. He fell in love…

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Elissa Booth

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After uprooting her life and moving to the Hudson Valley in January of 2021, Elissa’s only plan was to finish…

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Eric Gasser

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Eric started his career in fermentation by working as a lab technician and cellar hand in the Paso Robles wine…

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Erik Madrid

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Erik Madrid is a cider enthusiast and hobbyist cidermaker from Seattle, WA. He and his wife Storie (also recently certified)…

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Gabe Cook

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Gabe Cook is The Ciderologist – an award-winning global cider expert changing the way people think and drink cider. He…

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Geoff Happel

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Geoff Happel is the head cidermaker at Bold Rock Hard Cider. He chose to become a Certified Pommelier to continue…

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Greg Johnson

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Hannah Keggins

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Hannah Keggins is the Cidermaker at Westwind Orchard. After studying entomology in Northern New York, she made her way to…

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Henry Johnson

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Henry Johnson is the head cidermaker of the Mills River branch of Bold Rock Hard Cider. He is an accomplished…

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Ian Niblock

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Ian Niblock is the Director of Cidermaking at Bold Rock Hard Cider. He has ben in the cider industry for…

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Jakob Jordan

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Jakob Jordan is a passionate cidermaker with a deep-rooted love for crafting exceptional beverages. Jakob’s journey into the world of…

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James Kerr

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James Kerr works in the tasting room for Green Bench Brewing Company & Green Bench Cider & Mead in St.…

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Jamie Pratt

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Jamie’s passion for cider began in 2014 when curiosity led her through the door of Liberty Ciderworks, a small urban…

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Jana Daisy-Ensign

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Jana Daisy-Ensign has spent nearly two decades in craft beverage industry, including experience in distribution, consulting, sales, events, marketing and…

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Janelle Balsillie

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Janelle Balsillie is the Co-owner and Cidermaker at Carolinia Cider Company in Harrow, Ontario, Canada and Head Cidermaker at Heeman’s…

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Jason Cassidy

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Jason Cassidy is the cidermaker at The Cider Farm in Madison, Wisconsin where he is fortunate to work with the…

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Jeannie Dubois

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Jeannie Dubois first fell in love with cider on a trip to the British Isles in the 1990s. Since then,…

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Jenn Smith

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Jenn Smith runs Grow-NY, a food and ag startup program, for Cornell University, where she draws on her background in…

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Jennie Dorsey

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Jennie Dorsey is founding member of Pomme Boots Society for women in the Cider Industry and has held numerous positions…

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Jessica Arlich

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Jessica is a former cider slinger and overly-educated enthusiast with a graphic design habit. She resides in the Pacific Northwest…

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Joe Gaynor

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Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Joe has always had a deep-rooted passion for fermentation. A member of the…

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John Powell

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John Powell is co-founder of Cider Apples New Zealand, which has established one of the world’s largest cider apple breeding…

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Johnny Rice

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Johnny Rice loved the first taste of cider they had. When studying the botany and history of apples, a passion…

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Joseph Nosse

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Joseph Nosse, the founder of Frontier Ciderworks LLC in Jefferson, OH. He is an inquisitive cidermaker, an admirer of apples,…

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Joshua Corl

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What started for Joshua Corl as a home brewing and cidermaking hobby led to an internship and then employment as…

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Karl Hartdegen

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Karl is part the Bold Rock team as Quality Assurance Manager.  He is an Advanced Cicerone® and Owner & Founder…

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Kate Pinsley

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Kate Pinsley began her cider journey with a pint of Original Sin served in a sketchy bar in the East…

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Katie Black

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Katie Black is currently working in production at DSSOLVR in Asheville, North Carolina where she is continuing to explore all…

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Katie Campos

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Katie is a passionate cider maker, tester and appreciator. Katie’s mind was blown after trying Eve’s and ANXO ciders, and…

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Khris Johnson

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Khris Johnson is the Founding Brewer and Owner of Green Bench Brewing Co., which opened in 2013 in St. Petersburg,…

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Kyle Buckel

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Kyle Degener

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Kyle Degener is an orchardist, cidermaker and the creator of Holy Beez, which is the only cider specific orchard in…

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Leah Pagett

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Leah Pagett is the Head Cidermaker at Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford, VA where she utilizes her knowledge and…

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Lee Reeve

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Lee Reeve is internationally regarded as the leading authority on cider in Asia and is a noted speaker regarding its…

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Lester Koga

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Prior to co-founding Barebottle Brewing Company in 2016, Lester Koga worked at General Electric for 9 years as a Product…

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Marco Manfrini

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Marco Manfrini was the first Italian to become an accredited Pommelier through the Beer and Cider Academy in 2019. Since…

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Marina Borsalina

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Marina is an international finance professional who converted to wine religion. She has been working in the wine industry, mainly…

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Matt Wynkoop

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Matt began his cider journey as a part-time tour guide and bartender at the Angry Orchard Cider House in Walden,…

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Matthew Ostrander

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Matthew Ostrander is on a mission to be a leading educator and advocate in the craft cider movement by doing…

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Max Finnance

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Max Finnance is the Sr. Manager of Education & Training for Bold Rock Hard Cider, and is also an aspiring…

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Meredith Collins

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Meredith Collins is the blogger behind Along Came A Cider, where she has been tasting and reviewing hard cider for…

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Michelle McGrath

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Michelle joined the American Cider Association as executive director in July of 2016. Her rich history includes non-profit management, membership…

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Molly Leadbetter

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Molly Leadbetter is the co-founder and owner of Meriwether Cider, a thriving cider company established in 2016. With a passion…

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Monika Sut

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Attentive to healthy eating, an athlete, and a supporter of the importance of biodiversity, as well as reducing food waste,…

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Natalia Wszelaki

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Natalia Wszelaki a.k.a Cider Explorer is a cider blogger, cider expert and international cider judge with years of experience in…

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Nick Hill

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Nick Hill is the founder, co-owner & head cidermaker at Puget Sound Cider Company. When he first started crafting cider…

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Nick McDow

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Nova Scotia has a rich history in apple production (one of the oldest in North America). Growing up in the…

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Nicole LeGrand Leibon

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Particularly known for her skill at tasting and blending, Nicole LeGrand Leibon has been cited as one of the best…

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Nicole Wheeler

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Nicole Wheeler is a founding partner and owner at Treehorn Cider in Marietta, Ga., just outside Atlanta, and runs the…

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Olivia Yi

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Paige Flori

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Paige’s journey into hard cider began with a chance introduction to the beverage at an Irish pub in Queens, NY…

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Pete Serventi

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Pete Serventi is the farmer and cidermaker at Serventi Ranch, located in Corralitos, California, in the heart of Pajaro Valley…

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Rob Durham

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Rob Durham is a cidermaker with durham cider + wine co. They utilize nature’s generosity through the magical meanderings of natural…

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Roland Poirier

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Roland is an orchardist, home cidermaker, and cider enthusiast living in the Capital District of New York. He is in…

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Sara Boyd

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Sara is the owner and cidermaker at Loch Mór Cider located in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario. Loch Mór uses…

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Sara Cravens

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Sara Cravens is the Taproom Manager and Donation Coordinator for 2 Towns Ciderhouse based in Corvallis, Oregon. She became a…

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Sarah Pozgay

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Sarah is a passionate sommelier and hospitality professional based in Minneapolis. She finds joy in the collaborative nature of restaurant…

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Sean Niemisto

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Sean Niemisto is a cider fanatic. While cutting his teeth in the beverage industry as a production brewer, he quickly…

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Stan Wash

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Stan Wash is a founding member and cidermaker for Overgrown Orchard, an orchard-based cidery making wild fermented, bubbly ciders in…

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Storie Madrid

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Storie Madrid is a longtime cider enthusiast from Seattle, WA. She and her spouse, Erik, are are the owners of…

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Suzannah Klaniecki

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Suzannah Klaniecki is a cidermaker with Schilling Cider based in Seattle, Washington. She decided to take the Certified Pommelier™ exam…

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Tim Godfrey

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Tim Godfrey is the owner of Godfrey Beverage Solutions based in Michigan. He became a Certified Pommelier™ to demonstrate his…

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Tim Powers

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Tim Powers is a cider enthusiast and educator who works at the Commonwealth Wine School in Cambridge, Masschusetts. Tim has…

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