Snowmass is adding to the fun of the Snowmass Balloon Festival and Septemberfest with an event called "Cidermass".
Taking place September 8th from 1pm-4pm at the Snowmass Mall, Cidermass is the first of its kind in the Roaring Fork Valley. Broaden your concept of hard cider with tastings from craft cider makers from across the country serving up this delicious beverage.
Reed Lewis, our local source who runs the Daly Bottle Shop, is an entrepreneur and head of merchandise for the Balloon Festival, talks to The Rulon Kelly Team on how this exclusive event came in place.
1. How did Cidermass event come into place? We've seen the cider market explode in the last two years and thought the addition of a festival highlighting this fermented fruit category would be a perfect complement to Septemberfest and the Balloon Festival. The cider industry continues to expand and explore with new recipes and techniques. The addition of this new tasting event would add to the growing vitality of Snowmass Village. Cider seemed to be a perfect fit this time of year and would complement the other events in place this first weekend of September. Our valley is very educated in the beverage arena and thought this would continue to showcase the growth of Cider as an alternative to beer, wine, or spirits.
2. What is the history of Cider making and when was it established as America’s drink? Cider is the most authentically American drink, one that’s done everything from saving colonists’ lives to rescuing George Washington’s political career to swaying presidential elections. When English colonists first arrived in North America, they enthusiastically embraced the wide range of wild fruits they found growing, from grapes to berries. Unlike back in England, however, edible apples were tough to find. The colonists quickly got to work on rectifying this situation, and as early as 1623 they were planting cider apples in New England from imported seeds. Apples flourished in the fertile soil and friendly climate, and soon apples were a key part of most colonial farms and menus. For colonists, hard cider was more than just a delicious drink and a safe, clean alternative to water. It was also a key component of the colonial economy since currency was often hard to come by in the colonies.
3. Many American’s are brewing their own beer. Is fermenting hard cider a new trend you see on the horizon? Naturally-made, or craft cider is quite dry. It is not sweet because the yeast, left to do its job, will consume most of the sugar in the juice. Many commercial ciders are "back sweetened". This consists of killing and stabilizing the yeast (using preservatives, heat, and/or filtering), and then adding sugar. I do not harvest my own cider, but Big B’s in Paonia is an amazing orchard which can show you how to brew your own.
4. Which cider makers are you looking forward to most during the event? I am grateful for all of the vendors sharing their beverages but Stowe Cider has traveled the farthest so definitely give them some love at Cidermass!
For tickets and or more information on the Cidermass event, check out: https://www.gosnowmass.com/event/cidermass/
For more history on Cider visit our history source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59048/11-ways-hard-cider-shaped-american-history
The Daly Bottle Shop
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