Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living
Freelance artist and photographer Andy Brennan tossed his harried life in New York City to found Aaron Burr Cider in Wurtsboro, New York. I picked up Andy Brennan's Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living because Rowan Jacobsen wrote the introduction and I had just finished reading Rowan Jacobsen's Apples of Uncommon Character: Heirlooms, Modern Classics, and Little-Known Wonders. Brennan takes a wild, natural back to the land approach to cider and he immediately captures the apple and cider lovers attention with his love of wild apples and wild apple trees and the ciders made from them using natural methods. Brennan gives us a view of the cider world and bemoans the currant rage for "cider as beer" marketing. His wild and natural approach emerges as a philosophy of life and a philosophy of business as much as a philosophy of cider. Through the course of the book we follow Brennan through his failures and successes. We get an intimate view of the day to day life of an orchardist and cider maker, why it is important that he tends his trees and makes his cider the way he does, and he gives us an appreciation for his values and the kind of man he is. He convinces us, in his own words that "the goal of cider is to see the life of the apple reborn in a glass..." I finished this book and immediately order a terroir pack of three bottles of Brennan's Homestead Apple Locational Ciders. I finished these and bought three bottles of his 2018 Elder Pomme just before it sold out. If you love apples and cider, have a business or want to learn some important things about man and the environment, read this book.
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