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Urge Congress to Support the Bubble Bill

By Woodley Smith | February 28, 2024

Earlier this year Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-D) & Mike Kelly (PA-R) introduced the Bubble Tax Modernization Act of 2024 (HR 7029) to the 118th Congress. The “Bubble Bill” will amend a minor carbonation tax disparity for lower alcohol wine, cider and mead made with fruit. Read the complete bill here. Despite the popularity of bubbly beverages,…

ACA Welcomes Sixteen New Certified Pommeliers Following CiderCon® 2024

By Woodley Smith | February 28, 2024

PRESS RELEASE American Cider Association Contact: Michelle McGrath Email: michelle@ciderassociation.org The American Cider Association is pleased to announce that sixteen individuals successfully passed the Certified Pommelier examination held at CiderCon® 2024 in Portland, Oregon in January. The new Certified Pommeliers from the United States are Andrew Byers of Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Jason Cassidy of…

ACA Announces International Expansion of Certified Cider Professional Program

By Woodley Smith | February 26, 2024

PRESS RELEASE February 26, 2024 Contact: Michelle McGrath Email: michelle@ciderassociation.org The American Cider Association is pleased to announce the expansion of its beverage professional education and certification program to the global cider community. The Certified Cider Professional program was launched at CiderCon® 2016 with a particular focus on the United States. Since then, the certification…

New Member Discount from Brewbound!

By Woodley Smith | February 14, 2024

The ACA and Brewbound are pleased to announce a new partnership! Brewbound is offering ACA Members a 25% discount on their Insider subscription. Members can find their discount code in our Resource Hub. Insiders receive access to all Brewbound site content, the Insider-exclusive newsletter, special virtual events and video content, and discounts on their events and…

March 28: Live Sensory Analysis Webinar with Meriwether Cider

By Woodley Smith | February 13, 2024

You’re invited to a Live Sensory Analysis webinar on Thursday, March 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific Time! Join our Certified Pommelier panel as they guide you through an immersive sensory experience featuring cider from Meriwether Cider in Idaho. During this live practice session, you’ll learn how to analyze and appreciate cider like a…

February 24 Open That Cider Bottle

By Woodley Smith | February 8, 2024

“Open That Cider Bottle” Day is almost here! Join us for this 3rd annual cider tradition on February 24 by celebrating your enjoyment of special bottles of cider on social media. Cider is best when enjoyed, so let’s seize the day!  How to Participate: Tell us and the world your cider bottle story and post…

“Cider Excellence Award” Winners Announced at CiderCon® 2024 in Portland, Oregon

By Michelle McGrath | February 1, 2024

The American Cider Association (ACA) announced the recipients of their annual Cider Excellence Awards at CiderCon® 2024 in Portland, honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations from around the country for their achievements in, and contributions to, the U.S. hard cider industry.  Award winners this year included: The highest honors given each year are the awards for…

Meet Your 2024 ACA Board of Directors

By Michelle McGrath | January 25, 2024

Last Friday, the American Cider Association (ACA) announced the results of their annual Board of Directors Election at their 2024 industry trade conference, CiderCon®, held this year in Portland, Oregon. There were two At-Large positions up for grabs, with 7 candidates in the running. Josie Mielke of Urban Orchards Cidery in Asheville, North Carolina and…

CiderCon® 2024 Recap–Connecting Minds, Igniting Ideas for Growing the Cider Category

By Woodley Smith | January 22, 2024

CEO’s Note–CiderCon® is carefully curated to offer expert-level content for all stages of the cider industry. In an industry as diverse as cider, it takes immense intentionality, and we are grateful to all of our speakers for participating! Many of our speakers have commented on how eager and engaged the CiderCon® audience was. Great speakers…

Reps. Blumenauer & Kelly Introduce Bubble Bill

By Woodley Smith | January 18, 2024

Representatives Blumenauer & Kelly Introduce the Bubble Tax Modernization Act ‘Bubble Bill’ Will Spur Innovation for Sparkling Co-fermented and Fruited Cider, Wine, and Mead Washington, DC—Earlier today Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-D) & Mike Kelly (PA-R) introduced the Bubble Tax Modernization Act of 2024 (HR 7029) to the 118th Congress. The bill will amend a minor…