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Stop Tax Increases

By Michelle McGrath | October 15, 2019

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…

The Gravensteins of Sonoma County

By Darlene Hayes | October 4, 2019

“What can I get for you?” I ask the next customer at the bar. “I don’t know. Do you have any cider made with Gravenstein apples?”, comes the reply. “All the ciders on our menu have some Gravenstein in them. What sort of cider do you like?” That’s a typical beginning conversation at the Craft…

Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?

By Michelle McGrath | October 3, 2019

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…

Is your label compliant?

By Michelle McGrath | September 5, 2019

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…

Cider And Cheese Pairings For Any Occasion

By Guest Contributor | July 25, 2019

A technique review in honor of #WineAndCheeseDay It’s a perfect summer morning in the Pacific Northwest. As I stroll into work my mind wanders. Stopping for a shady moment under an apple tree heavily weighted with delicious glowing orbs I am suddenly struck with the desert island question. What drink would I take with me?…

USACM Solicits Feedback On Cider Styles

By Michelle McGrath | May 10, 2019

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

By Michelle McGrath | April 3, 2019

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…

2018 USACM Award Results Announced

By Michelle McGrath | February 19, 2019

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…

The Cider Rebound: Now, Let’s Keep It Going!

By Michelle McGrath | February 14, 2019

A recap of Nielsen’s keynote presentation at CiderCon 2019 in Chicago. For the last three years we’ve been honored to have our partners at Nielsen present on the state of the cider industry during CiderCon’s opening session. They offer many of our members individual services, but we work with Nielsen to bring our members broad…

2019 USACM Board Election Results

By Michelle McGrath | February 9, 2019

Cider Association Elects 2019 Board of Directors Paul Vander Heide of Michigan Reelected as President Portland, OR (February 8, 2019) –The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) elects a new slate of directors and officers each year during its annual meeting which takes place during CiderCon – the industry conference for USACM members held…