Virtual Release Party! American Cider in partnership with Liberty Ciderworks

"Not just a thorough guide to the history of apples and cider in this country but also an inspiring survey of the orchardists and cidermakers devoting their lives to sustainable agriculture through apples."--Alice Waters

Join us for a virtual release event celebrating American Cider by Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo. Auntie's will be teaming up with Liberty Ciderworks, a downtown Spokane favorite, to bring you a night of tasting and conversation. Dan and Craig will chat with Rick Hastings of Liberty Ciderworks about their book and doing a guided tasting. 

Purchase of a book/cider tasting bundle will act as your ticket to the event. The bundle includes a paperback copy of American Cider, one bottle of 55 Chain English Style cider, one bottle of Gravenstein single-varietal cider, and two Liberty logo tasting glasses.

Visit to purchase your bundle and gain access to the event. Liberty Ciderworks is offering shipping, free local pickup, and free local delivery (within 25 miles). 

About the book: 

Cider today runs the gamut from sweet to dry, smooth to funky, made from apples and sometimes joined by other fruits--and even hopped like beer. In American Cider, aficionados Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo give a new wave of consumers the tools to taste, talk about, and choose their ciders, along with stories of the many local heroes saving apple culture and producing new varieties. Like wine made from well-known grapes, ciders differ based on the apples they're made from and where and how those apples were grown. Combining the tasting tools of wine and beer, the authors illuminate the possibilities of this light, flavorful, naturally gluten-free beverage.

And cider is more than just its taste--it's also historical, as the nation's first popular alcoholic beverage, made from apples brought across the Atlantic from England. Pucci and Cavallo use a region-by-region approach to illustrate how cider and the apples that make it came to be, from the well-known tale of Johnny Appleseed--which isn't quite what we thought--to the more surprising effects of industrial development and government policies that benefited white men. American Cider is a guide to enjoying cider, but even more so, it is a guide to being part of a community of consumers, farmers, and fermenters making the nation's oldest beverage its newest must-try drink.


About the authors: 

Dan Pucci is one of the nation's leading cider experts. He was the founding beverage director at Wassail, New York City's first cider bar and restaurant, and has since traveled the country in a continued pursuit of cider education, awareness, and research. He is a partner in Wallabout Hospitality, a New York City-based consulting and hospitality company. 

Craig Cavallo lived in New York City for thirteen years, working in restaurants, blogging about food trends, and writing for Saveur. His work has been published in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, New York magazine's Grub StreetThrillist, and Vice Munchies. He left New York City for the Hudson Valley, and when he's not at Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery, the café that he owns and operates with his wife, Jenny, he can be found picking fenceline apples and dabbling in his own cellar cider experiments.

About Liberty Ciderworks: 

To us, cider is a form of art, expressing climate, topography and the wonders of exceptional, cider-worthy apples. We employ “natural wine” methods in all of our ferments, never filtering and allowing each orchard’s native yeast to work its magic. Our approach is inspired by global styles and traditions, but reflects our own apples, landscape and culture. It’s a philosophy expressed in everything we produce, and it’s one we think you’ll really enjoy. 

Liberty is proudly based in Spokane Washington, near our state’s eastern border. Where the west (think Seattle) is wet and temperate, we’re relatively dry, with warmer summers and chillier winters. The vast majority of our fruit is grown among wheat and legume farms in the fabled Palouse, or a bit further west in the heart of Washington’s wine country. As a result of growing practices, climate, and rich soil conditions, our ciders begin with exceptionally sweet and flavorful juice, leading to inherently delicious, (and often) higher alcohol ciders. 

Over the years, our collective efforts – including our growers, the Liberty crew and our yeasty friends – have created ciders recognized near and far as exceptionally tasty, authentic and responsible. We've been featured in multiple books, journals, publications and awards programs. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 6:00pm
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