Gluten Free - Sulfite Free - Vegan - Raw - Low CarbohydrateCider Riot! is dedicated to producing high quality ciders from Cascadian grown apples. With tradition as our guide and our roots firmly planted in the rich soils of our bioregion, our urban cidery produces refreshing, flavorful ciders.
2017, May, 06
Playing Scrumpy and Western, the Skimmity Hitchers often sing about cider sheds. In April 2017 they set out to take their music back to the sheds that they sing about. A cider shed takes many shapes and sizes, some are privately held, others are operated by cider clubs, groups of enthusiasts who get together each fall to press apples, and then meet up throughout the year to enjoy the fruits of their labors.
For those outside the UK it's important to note that all British citizens are entitled to produce up to 7000 Liters (1800 US gallons) of cider without a license or need to pay any tax. The Skimmity Hitchers sing about it in the song "It's just a bit of persie, it's just a bit of personal," on their forthcoming album. Read more...
2017, April, 24
In 2001 the village of Powerstock needed a new roof for the village community hall, fondly referred to as "the hut." Local amateur cidermaker Nick Poole organized a festival with four cidermakers and more food producers. The event was such a success, that they made it an annual affair, and replaced the food vendors with more cidermakers. Over the last 16 years the Powerstock festival has raised over £40,000 for local charities, including the Air Ambulance, as well as putting a new roof on the hut.
The "hut" is a wood floored community center, with solar panels on the roof, which not only power the hut, but also actually are a source of income for the community. The village of Powerstock only has about 50 inhabitants, and with neighboring Nettlecombe and West Milton the parish has about 300 residents. Read more...
2017, April, 19
In 2014 I set out to the West Country in search of real cider. He drank some great ciders and met some lovely folks, including the Skimmity Hitchers, a Bristol-based Scrumpy and Western band. In 2016 Cider Riot! hosted the Skimmity Hitchers in Portland in what's now our production facility to 300 people as the grand finale of Cidercon. I was their driver and roadie on their tour of Cascadia with dates in Corvallis, Eugene, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC where they played for 700 people at a packed house at the Rickshaw Theatre with the Dreadnoughts.
When Kev from the Skimmity Hitchers told me I had to get over Easter Weekend and I found a plane ticket for $666 I thought I had to be a sign. So here be I in the West Country. The Skimmity's had arranged some great cidery events for me which I'll share with you here. Read more...