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Virginia Cider Trail Fall Events

By Woodley Smith | October 6, 2022

Fall has officially arrived and apple harvest season is in full swing across Virginia! To celebrate, cidermakers across the state are hosting harvest festivals, pressing parties and cider release events.  They would like to invite you to join in their celebrations of the cidermaking season with orchard parties and more. Check out the list below…

ACA Announces Registration is Now Open for CiderCon® 2023!

By Woodley Smith | September 29, 2022

The American Cider Association is pleased to announce that CiderCon® 2023 will take place in Chicago, Illinois from January 31 – February 3, 2023. With tours, tastings, educational workshops, demos and more, CiderCon®’s Chicago homecoming is set to be an educational celebration of all things cider. Registration opened on September 29, 2022. After a four…

ACA Joins with Organization to Support USPS Shipping Equity Act

By Woodley Smith | September 22, 2022

The American Cider Association has been working with organizations across the United States to urge Congress to support the USPS Shipping Equity Act (H.R. 3287/S. 1663). The U.S. Postal Service is not allowed to ship cider, beer, wine, or distilled spirits, because of a leftover, outdated ban put into effect during the Prohibition era. The…

Third Exam of 2022 Welcomes Eight New Certified Pommeliers™

By Woodley Smith | September 14, 2022

The American Cider Association announced on September 15, 2022 that they awarded eight new beverage professionals with the esteemed title of Certified Pommelier™. The new cohort passed the required exam on August 18 at the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House in Walden, New York. The new Certified Pommeliers™ are from New York, Virginia, North Carolina…

New On Premise Data Reports from CGA

By Woodley Smith | August 23, 2022

CGA has taken a deeper look at consumers’ recent behavior when it comes to On Premise beverage purchases. They shared these highlights of their recent research:  On Premise visitation remains relatively static 33% are spending more per visit to a bar or restaurant vs. 18% spending less than they were three months ago – price…

ACA Celebrates 2000 Certified Cider Professionals

By Woodley Smith | August 22, 2022

Cider can be a misunderstood beverage and with its increasing popularity in the United States the American Cider Association felt it was vital to create an education based program that would help those who work on the front line of cider sales speak in a knowledgeable manner about the ciders they’re selling, serving, and supporting.…

CiderCon® 2022 Select Synced Audio Presentations Available to Members

By Woodley Smith | August 15, 2022

The American Cider Association is please to share that we have six synced audio presentations from CiderCon® 2022 held in February in Richmond, Virginia to share with members. If you missed the presentations or were unable to attend CiderCon® this year, now is your chance to do a little catch-up. These synced presentations can be…

Next Certified Pommelier™ Exam Will Be At CiderCon® 2023

By Woodley Smith | August 15, 2022

TAKE THE CERTIFIED POMMELIER™ EXAM AT CIDERCON® 2023! Are you ready to take the next step in your professional development in the cider industry? Already passed the Certified Cider Professional Level 1 Certification and looking for that next challenge? Now’s your chance! The American Cider Association is pleased to announce that the next Certified Pommelier™…

ACA To Hold August 18 Certified Pommelier™ Exam in New York

By Woodley Smith | August 2, 2022

The American Cider Association (ACA) will be holding their third Certified Pommelier™ exam of 2022 in Walden, New York on August 18 at the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House. Cider’s popularity has dramatically increased in the last several years, but that doesn’t mean the food and beverage community understands this exciting beverage category. That’s why…

ACA Welcomes 9 New Certified Pommeliers™

By Woodley Smith | July 27, 2022

The American Cider Association is thrilled to announce that for the second time in 2022, nine people have passed the Certified Pommelier™ exam. The exam was held June 20 in Seattle, Washington at Seattle Cider Co. The new Certified Pommeliers™ are Sara Cravens of 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Nick Hill of Puget Sound Cider Co., Timothy…