CIDER BETWEEN TWO SPRINGS/ Sidra entre dos primaveras

The cycle of our most typical drink takes place during the months between two springs. Once the pumares (apple trees) blossom, the process culminating with the tasting in the llagar (cider press-house) or chigre (cider bar) starts. Before pouring a culín (glass of cider), the following must happen: PICKING: Pañar the apples. The picking season…

THE CONVIVIAL MEAL, A COMMUNAL RITE/ La espicha, un rito colectivo

Espichas, or convivial meals in Asturias, are ritual celebrations when the cider barrel is opened, after an approximately two-month aging. Once a small hole is opened in the barrel, cider is tasted and then, it is plugged again with a wooden spike called espicha. This is from which this tasting action takes its name and,…

CIDERS FROM INDIA/ Sidras de la India

It might sound weird to talk about cider in India, but this 2,000-year-old traditional drink has recently enter the country market. “In recent years, there has been a renaissance of interest in cider drinking, both in America and Europe, so India could not have reamained untouched for long”, cider manufacturer Dinesh Gupta, who launched Tempest…

ASTURIAN NATURAL CIDERS/ Sidras naturales asturianas

CIDER MILLS/ LLAGARES: Acebal, Angones, Buznego, Cabañon, Cabueñes, Canal, Castañon, Llagareros del Caudal, Conceyu (Menendez), Contrueces, De Pura Madre (JR), El Duque, El Mancu (Vallina), El Piloñu, Estrada, Fonciello, Foncueva, Frutos, Gelo, Herminio, La Galana (JR), La Llarada, La Primera (El Duque), L’ Allume, Llagar de Bernueces, Llagar de Quintana (Menendez), Menendez Ecologica, Menendez, P5…

THE CIDERMILL, WHERE EVERYTHING STARTS/ El llagar, donde todo comienza

The llagar (cider press) is, strictely speaking, the mechanical tool used to press apples and extract their juice. However, it extensively ended up giving its name to the premises where it is installed; that is, the building where cider is made. In autumn, ripe fruit is ready and activity begins. The inside of the barrels…

HEREFORD CIDER MUSEUM/ Museo de la Sidra de Hereford

Orchads are a way of life in Herefordshire, England, a treasured part of its landscape, and here is where you can find a whole world related to cider. This was the birthplace of Bulmer’s Cider. Henry Percival Bulmer started making cider in 1887 and a year later purchased a plot of ground on the outskirts…