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From Snack to Sensation: Elevating Cider and Cheese for National Grilled Cheese Day

By Jennie Dorsey | April 12, 2024

It is widely known that cider and cheese make exceptional pairings, but can we upgrade an excellent snack into the perfect meal? For National Grilled Cheese Day, I took to my favorite aisle in the grocery store to find new ways to bring cider and cheese together.  When considering pairings, there are a few things…

ACA Seeks Guest Country for CiderCon® 2025

By Woodley Smith | April 3, 2024

CiderCon® is one of the most robust, diverse, thorough and connected professional cider conferences in the world. We pride ourselves on being a host to international attendees year after year.  The 15th annual CiderCon® will take place in Chicago, Illinois from February 4-7, 2025. We expect well over 1,000 people to attend. We are requesting…

CiderCon® 2025 Request for Speaking Proposals

By Woodley Smith | March 27, 2024

Mark your calendars for an unparalleled gathering of minds and talents at CiderCon® 2025, set to transform the vibrant city of Chicago from February 5-7, 2025. As the world’s leading event dedicated to advancing the craft of cidermaking, CiderCon® offers an exceptional platform for networking, learning, and sharing the rich traditions and innovative techniques that…

April 12: Member Orientation Webinar

By Woodley Smith | March 17, 2024

Join us for our Member Orientation on April 12 at 11:00 AM Pacific We are thrilled to announce that we will be holding our first ever Member Orientation webinar! There is such a vast amount of resources that the ACA offers to you all and we want to make sure that you know where to…

April 17: Level 1 CCG Workshop at Wölffer Estate

By Woodley Smith | March 16, 2024

Wölffer Estate Vineyards is excited to collaborate with the American Cider Association to host an in person workshop for the Certified Cider Professional Program Level 1 Certified Cider Guide at their cidery. The Level 1 Certified Cider Guide Workshop will be held April 17, 2024 at 1:00 PM Eastern at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg…

April 18: Certified Pommelier Exam at Wolffer Estate

By Woodley Smith | March 16, 2024

TAKE THE CERTIFIED POMMELIER EXAM AT WOLFFER ESTATE VINEYARDS ON APRIL 18! Are you ready to take the next step in your professional development in the cider industry?  If you have already passed the Level 1 Certified Cider Guide exam and are looking for that next challenge? Now is your chance!  The American Cider Association…

April 24 Level 1 CCG Workshop at CiderWorld in Germany

By Woodley Smith | March 15, 2024

The American Cider Association (ACA) is excited to collaborate with CiderWorld to host an in person workshop for the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) Program Level 1 Certified Cider Guide (CCG). This workshop is meant for all, and is the first level of the ACA’s in depth international cider education program, CCP. We have a fantastic…

April 27: Certified Pommelier Exam at CiderWorld

By Woodley Smith | March 14, 2024

TAKE THE CERTIFIED POMMELIER EXAM AT CIDERWORLD IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY ON APRIL 27! The American Cider Association is pleased to announce a Certified Pommelier Exam will be held at CiderWorld in Frankfurt, Germany. The exam will take place Saturday, April 27, 2024 at Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, Palmengartenstrasse 11, 60325 Frankfurt am Mein, Germany. The exam will…

May 13: 2024 Annual Membership Meeting

By Woodley Smith | March 13, 2024

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 12:00 PM Pacific on Zoom for our 2024 Annual Membership Meeting. During the meeting, we’ll reflect on our accomplishments from the past year, take a close look at our new strategic plan, and discuss how we work together under the big…

Government Affairs Update: ACA Lauds the CHEERS Act to Support Bars, Restaurants and Venues with Draft Systems

By Woodley Smith | March 13, 2024

On March 11, U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-16) and Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) introduced the Creating Hospitality Economic Enhancement for Restaurants and Servers Act (CHEERS Act), a bipartisan effort aimed at supporting local businesses, restaurants, and bars with a focus on draft beverage systems. This legislation seeks to revitalize the hospitality industry by expanding tax incentives…