Author: Jeff Siegel

5 to Try: A Sampling of beverages from Off-the-Grid producers

If you’re intrigued by our feature, “Off the Grid: Alternative energy systems give small producers a unique story to tell,” you should seek out these offerings: Fig Leaf Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Quivira Vineyards; Healdsburg, Calif. Oaking sauvignon blanc often overwhelms the fruit, but the combination of new and used French and Acacaia barrels adds complexity and structure. Less grassy than many California sauvignon blancs, with lemon zest, lemongrass, and even dried green herb flavors. Daycation IPA Highland Brewing; Asheville, N.C. Less bitter and not quite as hoppy as many IPAs, but also richer and with more caramel and malt –...

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Off the Grid: Alternative energy systems give small producers a unique story to tell

Alternative energy isn’t just piece of New York’s Sundog Ciders’ story—it’s more or less the company’s reason for being. In 2004, when Sundog Solar in the Hudson River Valley (127 miles north of New York City) began installing panels for homes and businesses, many of its customers were the family-owned apple orchards that dot the valley. In 2014, Sundog owner Jody Rael decided to pursue his long-time interest by setting up a cidery in the solar company facility. Since the building had been converted from a paper mill and had already updated with solar panels for electricity, solar setups...

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Issue Three: July/August 2017