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As we begin to recover from the excessive heat and humidity of summer, many of us struggle to say goodbye to ice-cold beers on the beach. But the transition is a little easier with the perfect drink to welcome fall—and it is definitely not a pumpkin spice latte. While pumpkin beer is arguably the premier alcoholic beverage for autumn, non-pumpkin heads also need a seasonal drink. Enter hard apple cider, which has gained a following...
Ok, here’s the deal: I am decidedly not excited about fall. I love summer--I love it in all its hot, sticky, disgusting glory. I love never needing sleeves, baseball on TV everyday and falling asleep on the beach, sneaking beers into outdoor movies and how it never gets dark before 8 p.m. Fall can keep its Pumpkin Spice everything, its foliage and its “sweater weather” (barf). All fall means is that (in the words...
  The first craft cidery in New York City is tucked into an uninviting warehouse-sized building in that nebulous area on border between Bushwick and Maspeth. Alexandria Fisk, who founded Descendant Cider Company along with her husband Jahil Maplestone, escorts me into the building from a cement alleyway, through a bright clean hallways lined with studio spaces for dozens of other "tinkerers and toyers," as Fisk puts it, and into a 600-square-foot room crammed with...
No sooner did beer finally cement its status as a highly respected fermented libation—totally on par with whiskey and wine—than cider made a play, effectively sloughing off its associations as cheap, bubbly apple juice à la Scrumpy Jack, Strongbow or Martinelli’s. And who better to lead a Taste Talks convo about the swift ascension of cider than RedEye Chicago food and drinks writer, Kate Bernot, who examines the trending beverage with help from Virtue,...

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