Eden Specialty Ciders of Newport receives national recognition

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NEWPORT — Eden Specialty Ciders of Newport has recently won national recognition for the quality of its hard ciders.

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Their new releases of Sparkling Dry and Sparkling Semi Dry hit markets last month.

In January Eden was voted Best Cidery 2015 on Rate Beer, and last month at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) they took home Best in Class for their new release of the Sparkling Dry Cider, as well as a gold medal for their Sparkling Semi Dry.

Last year’s release of the Semi Dry won Best in Class too, as well as a 2016 Good Food Award.

GLINTCAP is the largest cider competition in the world and received over 700 entries from North American and European commercial cider producers.

“Our mission has always been about quality over quantity.” Says Eleanor Léger, Founder and Co-Owner of Eden, which has been producing cider for 9 years. “We are fortunate to work with amazing heirloom and cider variety apples from great growers like Zeke Goodband at Scott Farm and Steve Wood at Poverty Lane Orchards. These apples are rare and expensive, and bring complexity, tannin, and depth of flavor to our sparkling hard ciders.”

In recognition of the expansion of their portfolio beyond ice ciders, Eden recently executed a name change from Eden Ice Cider Company to Eden Specialty Ciders, and brought on David Biun, formerly head cider maker at 1911 Ciders in New York, to be head cider maker and bring greater expertise to Eden’s hard cider offerings.

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