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PRESS RELEASE: USACM Announces Certified Pommelier Objectives

By Michelle McGrath | January 17, 2019

United States Association of Cider Makers michelle@ciderassociation.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The beer, wine and spirits industries all have recognized certification programs designed for food and beverage professionals. The hard cider industry has had its own version—the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program—since 2016 through the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM). Until recently, the CCP…

CiderCon Contest!

By Michelle McGrath | January 10, 2019

How does a cider vacation sound? Pretty good? Well, here is a chance to go on one for FREE! To enter, simply book your room for CiderCon 2019 in Chicago at the Hilton by January 18! GRAND PRIZE: We’re giving away “The Ultimate California Cider Vacation” to one lucky winner to attend CiderCon 2020 in California.…

2019 Board Nomination Period is Open

By Michelle McGrath | January 9, 2019

Every year at CiderCon we honor the service of our board of directors throughout the previous year. We also hold elections for rotating board seats. About a third of the board is up for election each year. Our board is structured such that full members (active cidery level member employees) hold the seats. We have…

Membership Forum

By Michelle McGrath | December 31, 2018

Have a question about filtering? Trying to sell a used brite tank? Selling juice? Looking for a cider job? Our Membership Forum is a great place to post your cider industry specific classifieds. If you are a vendor or contractor, please contact us for forum sponsorship inquiries. Solicitations are not permitted on the forum otherwise.

PRESS RELEASE: Cider Association Releases 2018 Update to Cider Style Guide

By Michelle McGrath | December 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE United States Association of Cider Makers For follow up: Michelle@ciderassociation.org US Cider Association Releases 2018 Updates to Hard Cider Style Guidelines; Adds Five New Styles Portland, OR—The United States Association of Cider Makers has released an update to their Cider Style Guide, first introduced in summer of 2017. USACM’s original reason for…

Our Executive Director Made Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List!

By Michelle McGrath | August 21, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release Contact helenkanebaldus@gmail.com for follow up or images Article Link: https://www.winemag.com/content/40-under-40-2018-michelle-mcgrath/ Featured image by Scott McDermott Cider Association Executive Director Makes 40 Under 40 Tastemakers List By Wine Enthusiast  Portland, OR [August 21, 2018] – The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) is thrilled to announce that its executive director, Michelle McGrath, has…

What is “DRY”?

By Michelle McGrath | July 30, 2018

USACM Board endorses dryness language Last summer we launched our Cider Lexicon project with the stated goal of creating tools that will help a consumer more easily find a cider that suits their flavor preferences. The first step in that project was our style guide, released last fall (the guide currently open for submissions–submit here). As…

USACM Member Updates for April 2018

By Michelle McGrath | April 9, 2018

We know how important industry statistics are to you and the rest of the cider community. We’ve been busy working to bring you the highest potential possible from our partnership with Nielsen. We’re excited to have several updates for our members about this partnership: Nielsen is extending a special packaging design offer to our active members with…

Exclusive Member Savings with Nielsen: Package Design Audit

By Michelle McGrath | April 6, 2018

Nielsen is extending a special packaging design offer to our active members with a multi-pack product (4- or 6-packs). This is an opt-in group study and therefore costs 90% less than an independent study. On top of that savings, as an active member, you will receive a $300 discount to participate. Contact Nielsen by APRIL 12 to sign up. This audit…

USACM Board President’s Statement on Tariffs

By Paul Vander Heide | March 8, 2018

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) strongly opposes the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. Aluminum and steel are integral components of the American beverage industry of which cider is a growing part. This tariff will create an unnecessary burden on our industry’s supply chain. The cost of this tariff will ultimately fall…