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Author: Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman

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Join hosts Gabe Cook (Cider expert, author), Grant Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit drummer. Cider distributor) and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman (Cider writer) on their weekly podcast where they engage in boisterous discussions on cider, music and life. They’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news and trends happening in the cider industry and chat with fascinating people from the worlds of cider, entertainment, journalism and more. They’ll also sample new and interesting ciders and give you an honest review, live on the show. There is no shortage of laughter and fun, so check in to the hotel and we hope you enjoy your stay.
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Join hosts Gabriel William James Cook the 1st of his name, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they rock their six inch wedges and for the Galloping of the Gabe, in the Neutral Cider Hotel!But first, Dr. Gabe brags about his dentist visit, a run with friends, a visit to The Bristol Vine and mystery guest. Martyn the vegan does the sales pitch for his mates at Two Belly and Grant announces his cider affair with the Manchester Cider Club! This month it was Ross on Wye on the art of blending, so check out their socials for more upcoming greatness. In this week’s news, Grant shares the big investment in Sanford Orchards, sans wifi. Dr. Gabe is back with some positive medical benefits of our favourite drug, and Martyn shares the arrival of Cider Voice, in the wake of Malt Review calling last orders.Then the guys jump on the tractor and make their way to the urban farm, to hang out with London’s favourite cider chimera; Duckchicken Cider! Colleen O’Sullivan and James Mann are cider makers spurred on by a mutual love of travel and fermented apples. Having only started in 2016 they have garnered quite a following in the cider community with their aptly named and much loved creation Gigglejuice. The guys chat about everything; from a three legged Red Breasted Merganser, a certain book not ringing any bells, gooseblood, urban orchards and Eugene the urban animal! They crack two bottles; Easter Hill, and Demons of Spills Hill, wildly different from each other, and a testament to the variety that orchards can provide.This week in Listener Questions, we have something different from Less_the_man on Instagram, and a question about Apfelwein in Germany, featuring a deep dive into Germanic cider culture, a Perryologist and the boring city of Frankfurt (according to Gabe). The Team:Gabe is a cider expert: The CiderologistGrant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider ShopMartyn loves to write about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they salute their American Overlords in the Neutral Cider Hotel!But first, Gabe brings Cidercon to the fore as the guys discuss the 7th most popular drink in the States, and Keifer Sutherland’s impact on the convention. Gabe shares the love with Cheers and Chat, and the possibility of having a room set up at the hotel in the future. Martyn then lives out a nightmare from the night before, nothing to do with cider. And finally, Grant explains why his body hurts, with Joe Wick’s Seven Days of Sweat. There’s no way of putting the smell in the show notes however, sorry guys!In this week’s news Martyn announces his tasting; The Cider Box X Cidershit, which you can sync and drink with! Grant brings up the naughty doctor himself; Roger Wilkins and his illegal activities. The man who has the vaccine, breaking the lockdown rules, the guys are torn over how to feel about it all. If you’re in the States, watch the body cam footage and let us know how it compares to your police force. Then the motorcade pulls up to the hotel, with Madame President herself; Eleanor Léger of Eden Ciders! Helming one of the most significant Cideries operating today, Eden Ciders are makers that the guys have loved from afar. Based 8 miles from the Canadian border in the State of Vermont, Eleanor and her team source, and grow, apples produced using biodynamic principles to create a range of ciders, specialising in minimum intervention styles such as ice cider and methode traditionelle. Talking everything, from terroir and Vermont, a very niche, weird thing called Ice Cider, blending cider, cider ice cream and fancy dress! This week’s tasting is Eden’s Extra Sec, a drink at the end of the line apparently. A champagne style cider with ice cider used for a light dose of sugar in the bottle. This week in Listener Questions, it's a subtweet response to previous guest Dick Withecombe, who asks about chip shop dinner ciders. Featuring badminton nets, Nempnett Thrubwell, In Touch, Wildling, and pretty much every reference the guys have made making an appearance once again! And finally, a shout out to Perry’s Cider, and an invitation to the show!The Team:Gabe is a cider expert: The CiderologistGrant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider ShopMartyn loves to write about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they buckle up for an exiting exploration of America!But first, Gabe announces the logistical problems with Ciderology (ding) in the USA, before Grant announces his rival podcast appearance, and Martyn brings back the founding fathers ahead of the news.In this week’s news Grant brings up the new Brum Cider Club, inspired by friends of the show Manchester Cider Club, and Martyn tries to take credit for it all! Then it's a deep dive into Matt Curtis’ latest episode of the Pellicle Podcast; ‘Does Cider have an Image Problem?’. Obviously, the guys have some thoughts on the episode and don't hold back! Then, it's onto the interview.This week the guys fly the Hotel out of the UK, and to Washington DC’s ANXO Cider! Inspired by the bold ciders and food matching of ciders from the Basque Country, this cider maker and restaurant has gained a cult following in the USA and now around the world. The guys chat to Sam Fitz and Greg Johnson, first cracking their Hereford Gold which is a lovely collaboration with British Cider legend Tom Oliver, then onto their core drink; Cidre Blanc.The guys go through everything in American cider, from Gold Rush apples to the American palette, the counterculture and the flavour game, the regulations and state law, moving from craft beer to craft cider, and the Basque Country’s influence on them as makers. It’s a dense chat, good fun, and after a few 6.9% cans it put the boys on their backs! The guys then finish off with recommendations, as Martyn asked the listeners: ‘what are your favourite American and/or Canadian Ciders? Then the guys move on with one of Grant’s gateways whilst touring with Frightened Rabbit, and the problem with putting good drinks on the rider!  This part was a great way of giving you guys the listeners, more of the good stuff you can find in your area.Thank you for tuning in and checking out Neutral Cider Hotel, we’re checking out of the US, quarantining in the UK and then it's back to work ASAP!The Team:Gabe is a cider expert: The CiderologistGrant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider ShopMartyn loves to write about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they get lost on their way to the Neutral Cider Hotel!This week’s episode takes a left turn, as the guys skip their usual interview, and take on the country of Spain with history, tasting and a shocking amount of clean up, even for the hotel room! Gabe kicks things off with some music recommendations from Grant, Producer Scott and Martyn to help fill the time it takes to vacuum his manor house. Grant announces his new venture; Aeble Cider Shop and asks for your recommendations, and Martyn congratulates the team’s 1000th instagram follower, twice?Then it's time for the news, and after some quiet weeks it's a big one! Cider Con, the world’s largest cider event happening Feb. 3-5, 2021 is online this year, and includes a virtual pub chat with Gabe along with Meredith of Along Came a Cider! Thatchers announce their search for young cider makers with a fantastic opportunity, and the guys discuss the worries of Long Covid, and the side effects of loss of taste for everyone in the food and drink scene. Then, the guys are on a plane as they travel to Spain!A beautiful cider culture, and the oldest in the world is that of Asturias, Spain. Gabe breaks down the pouring technique needed for the perfect drink, and the science behind it, before the guys go for a Sidre Throw Throwdown! The guys take turns to take to the floor, before making different sized puddles and discussing what has actually landed in the glass! Heritage, quality and a great journey for the British trio into the wonderful cultures of another country. The guys then finish off with questions from the listeners, featuring a heap from back in July last year courtesy of One_Phil_Wells. Starting off with one word answers, they then snowball into some eye openers about the guys, their history and their love of cider. Side note, Martyn got drunk enough that he did in fact get his gateway cider totally incorrect, so see if you can spot the edit!The Team:Gabe is a cider expert: The CiderologistGrant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider ShopMartyn loves to write about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they check the rider for cider in the green room, before it kicks off at the Neutral Cider Hotel!Gabe the Ciderologist™ kicks things off with some religious solace coming from Cider Sleuth’s question, Martyn denounces the new deity whilst Grant questions the monetary value and the guys end up discussing a little show called Book of Mormon.The Scotsman forgets that it's Burns Night, but luckily the Cornishman is on hand to help. They pick their ciders with barrel character in honour; Martyn goes for Pilton’s Tamoshanta, Gabe goes for a full range of Hallet’s Cider’s and Grant picks the Caledonian Cider Factory’s Islay Cask that gives a wee slap on the face. No news this week so it's on to the big interview.The guest this week is a literal rock star, the front man of Scotland’s second best guitar band Biffy Clyro; Simon Neil! A switch from the usual format, the guys talk music and introduce Simon to the finer side of cider. Talking everything from their latest album, ‘A Celebration of Endings’, the life of the band without touring, mental health, to the music from Lethal Weapon 3 and everything in between. The first cider the guys crack is Eve’s Albee Hill, featured previously on the show and loved by the team. A great introduction to the drink for the frontman, before Martyn brings his blend In Touch with Pilton Cider to the table, chatting the poetry and sweet side of cider with Simon. It was a night the guys absolutely loved in the hotel, and we hope you can hear the joy in our voices between the slurring at the end!The guys then finish off with questions from listeners, featuring complaints of the edit on a previous episode that’s missing some Foxwhelp, and advice for new cider makers, including drink, drink, drink and drink!Thank you for tuning in and checking out Neutral Cider Hotel, we’re getting back on the bus!The Team:Gabe is a cider expert: The CiderologistGrant has two cider businesses: Re:Stalk and Aeble Cider ShopMartyn loves to write about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they stop reading the label, and zone back into the Neutral Cider Hotel!Gabe starts things off with some hotel research as well as some quiet lusting for Hiddle Piddle, Grant goes through British television hotels and Martyn threatens the boys with an axe.Gabe steals the news from Producer Scott this week, as a dive into alcohol advertising through Angry Orchard’s new advertisement which considers the word "sweet" a swear-word! The boys then dive into their memories of alcohol advertising including these Red Rock Cider ads featuring Leslie Nielsen and this Guinness ad, and the wilder side naturally comes up, as does Grant’s infatuation with Bill Bailey in Strictly Come Dancing!Our interview this week is with a top brewer, and co-creator of Pellcile Mag, Jonny Hamilton. Quickly becoming a publication of note in the food and drinks scene, Pellicle’s focus on cider with the same level of care as beer and wine has made it one to watch with each new article. Jonny’s first published piece, Where You’re Meant to Be, is a personal dive into the beginnings of the publication, through a lens of mental health and the effects of life. Lots of personal, raw conversation here and Jonny’s honesty shines through. The guys go through everything, from imposter syndrome, reliving struggles, the beginnings of his cider journey, lockdown and eggs benedict. It’s a thoughtful interview, with only one obviously long-winded question from Gabe!This week’s tasting sees the boys try a bottle of Bushel + Peck’s Dabinett. Gabe praised them on the final episode of 2020, so the guys have been keen to sync up their tasting, and a single variety was the best excuse!Finally, it’s question time at Neutral Confectionary Hotel, with this week’s question comes from Batch Cider, asking if Scott is the only one shaving during lockdown (yes) and how to improve tasting and the language involved, before Gabe’s mysterious finger wound is fully opened up by the guys. This was the most hysterical the guys have been, just to be warned before the screaming starts!The Team:Gabe Cook wrote a book: CiderologyGrant Hutchison has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn Goodwin-Sharman loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: https://www.neutralciderhotel.com/
Wassail! Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Tom-Tit (Martyn Goodwin-Sharman) as they hang bread from trees and pour cider on the roots on old twelvey, in the garden of the Neutral Cider Hotel!Gabe jumps in with some boozy salutations, and explains the history of Wassail, Martyn says FACE, and Grant worries about the twelve listeners we’ve lost to the history lesson! British traditions of bog snorkelling, knee slapping and cheese rolling are admired, before Scott shoots it all down! Grant praises Jonny Hamilton and his piece on how Pellicle Mag came to be, and his thoughtful, honest dive into personal struggle and mental health. Martyn then brings up “the best thing he’s ever done”, and something to look forward to after the lockdown. Then, it's onto the interview!Our interview this week is with two of the most influential voices in the UK cider scene; Cath Potter and Dick Withecombe! Hosting the Manchester Cider Club, a part of Cider Women and until recently Cider Buzz MCR, these cage rattlers have made their voices heard and have had such a wonderful impact on the scene! The guys chat about everything, from their view of the podcast, the cider bubble and reaching outside of it, converting beer drinkers, the impact of one book on their whole approach, the lexicon of cider and the work of CAMRA. It’s a full to the brim interview, and we could have drank along all night!This week’s tasting sees the boys crack some bottles of Pulpt’s Level, a clean, crisp and easy drink that defies the deep analysis of the usual hotel drinks in favour of pure drinkability!Finally, it’s game time at Neutral Cider Hotel, with ‘Variety is the Spice of Life!’ It’s multiple choice, so play along at home and let us know on the socials how well you did! Featuring ciders from Once Upon a Tree, Little Pomona, Wilding Cider and Pilton; with a bombshell bonus question that cost the quizmaster a little too much!Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelFacebook: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they celebrate the new year as Poland’s 35th most popular food and drink podcast!Gabe boasts about our hotel, Martyn says hello to his dad, Grant doesn’t respect his child anymore and Producer Scott apologises to Ryan and his factory! The guys also welcome in 2021 with a selection of their ‘ones to watch’, so check out the cider-makers selected for your future drinks. A slow news week as the guys discuss the TV show Inside the Factory, featuring the world’s largest cider-making facility at Bulmers Cider. The guys then discuss which movies they watched over the Christmas holiday and Scott’s terribly sad Christmas Tree.Our interview is with Lily Waite! Creator of Queer Brewing Project, providing visibility and community within the brewing world for LGBTQ+ people, she’s also an ceramicist and the British Guild’s Beer Writer of the Year 2020! The guys chat about everything, from her work fresh from Cloudwater’s Wayfinder project, her first beer writing and its retrospective and her brewing. The tasting is three different bottles from Devon’s Find & Foster; Snicket, Seven and Pendragon. Different techniques and varieties from an awesome producer in the South West, the guys have been loving their drinks for some time, and this was a great excuse to crack three different bottles, and to grab the mop and bucket!Finally, it's  ‘Grant’s Game!’ where he takes the opportunity to punish the guys with anagram apple varieties.The TeamGabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitExecutive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
The Best Of 2020

The Best Of 2020

2020-12-2802:29:40

Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison, Martyn Goodwin-Sharman and special guest host Producer Scott Riggs as they clean down and inspect every room, in this Best Of Extravaganza Episode of Neutral Cider Hotel!2020 was ridiculous. It made itself known as a year unlike any other pretty much from the word go, but through all the chaos, struggle and hardship of a blackened sky, the rays of joy shone brighter than ever. One such ray, to three men in the United Kingdom and another in America, was Neutral Cider Hotel. A weekly get together inspired by the best cider the world has to offer, and gave each of them something to look forward to in the craziest of times. A chance to get together, chat, laugh and talk about their cider, their lives and everything in between. It also gave them an opportunity to make new friends in the thousands of new listeners that have joined them in the conversation.With only a handful of episodes released this year, in spite of incalculable hours spent recording, Executive Producer Scott Riggs has pulled together all our favorite moments and guides us through a countdown to our absolute favorite episode of 2020.  This is every last bit of fun we can squeeze out of 2020.From crenellated uroliths to four minute yes/no questions, tackle and bait shop recording equipment to peasant salads, with guest appearances from Cher, Smeagle and the Founding Fathers of America to help along the way.Thank you for listening, and here’s hoping that 2021 is a little more normal!Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Sir Crenellated Urolith the 3rd and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they meet See-anta himself in this Christmas edition of the Neutral Cider Hotel!Gabe has to apologise to “Scottish culture,” and Grant and Martyn both treated themselves to cider from The Cat in the Glass. Then, a lovely snippet turns up in conversation about photography, cider and forgetfulness.In the news, Grant talks about Cloudwater’s new Wayfinder; previous show guest, Helen Anne Smith of Burum Collective! It’s a wonderful program aimed at making positive change to the industry by promoting and raising voices outside of the usual bubble. Our interview is with a legend in the scene; Martin Berkeley of Pilton Cider. The guys discuss his decade in the industry, the intrigue of keeving, breaking from the corporate image, fruit cider, The Bristol Cider Salon and everything in between. For the tasting, the boys stay in Somerset, with a new product from Wilding Cider. Nempnett Thrubwell; a single orchard selection, ancestral method sparkling cider, this one is for celebrations and should be in the fridge this New Year's Eve! Check out Pellicle Mag’s great profile of Wilding here.The guys list their Christmas Day ciders, including Little Pomona, Olivers, Tinston Wines & Ciders, Halfpenny Green, Pilton and more. For this week’s game, Gabe brings a Christmas Quiz to the boys, with festive trivia and the true spirit of Christmas. Don’t try to play along at home, it goes a bit pear shaped quite quickly! Merry Christmas from all of us at Neutral Cider Hotel!Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Interview: Tasmine Fraser Cider Review: Little Pomona - Disco Nouveau Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant David Hutchison and Martyn David Goodwin-Sharman as they explore the world of cider from the comfort of the Neutral Cider Hotel!Gabe kicks off things in the game room, Grant plays Tetris with boxes in his new house and Martyn has been counting down the days for a bubble bath with Phoebe Bridgers! In the news this week, Martyn connects with the imposter syndrome Adam Wells writes of for Malt Review, whilst Grant and Gabe bring possibly the greatest headline in the world of cider to the table. If anyone wants to take the band name ‘Pagan Journalist’ we’ll happily pass on the rights!Our interview this week is with the wonderful Tasmine Fraser! She’s on the front line of global cider advocacy, as a member of the Cider Scene crew and especially through her own Instagram page, and after a social media post, she kickstarted the #noappleogies movement in response to sexism. The guys go through inclusivity in the industry, Tasmine’s cider, shared values and honesty, and impromptu aeroplane piloting! This episode really is, in Gabe’s words, a hoot!Then we’re onto the tasting, and this week the guys get ready to rumble with a cider from the first guests to grace the podcast; Little Pomona! Disco Nouveau is Herefordshire cider’s answer to Beaujolais wine, bringing the rush of harvest in a fun package. It’s a great connector between the wine and cider worlds, and the guys get their skates on to dive in!Then, it's Martyn's turn for a game and Grant is worried his losing streak will not be broken. The game is called ‘Who Gives a S**t?!’ Martyn takes the guys on a deep dive through his tasting notes, and they have to guess the maker and the cider. Join in at home and let us know your score on our socials!Don’t forget to like, subscribe and write a review for the show, and thank you for joining us at Neutral Cider Hotel!Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as your eyelids get heavy and your breath calmer before they bring you back (snap) into the Neutral Cider Hotel!Things are cool AF with Martyn, who has been down at Pilton Cider again, and Grant has brought Rebel Root into the Re:stalk portfolio. Gabe has been doing research for his new book, delving into IP Laws and somehow segueing into an apology to Scotland. And finally, Grant’s tasting for the Salford Virtual Beer Festival went well, raising funds for Start Inspiring Minds with music and cider! The Spotify playlist is available here.This week’s news is a big one, so make sure to pay attention!Our interview this week is with the awesome Sarah Warman of Hawkes! Coming from a progressive beer background, Sarah now has the opportunity to spearhead one of the key cider makers in these exciting times. The guys discuss everything; from the differences in the beer and cider industries, the divisive nature of parent company Brewdog, the Hawkes Ciderama festival, and the future of the apple donors project.Then, onto the tasting with a focus on the affordable category. Is the widely available cider up to snuff, or are the guys a group of snobs? Featuring Hawkes Urban Orchard, Henney’s Dry Cider and Aldi’s Twisted Tree Sparkling. This week’s drinking game is “spot the "Withnail & I" quoteAnd finally, the guys answer a listener’s question about varieties, with some deep insight from Gabe.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect:Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Interview: Albert Johnson  - Ross on Wye Cider Review: Oliver’s - Gold Rush 8 RawJoin hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they swill the planters and remember to use the right software when they record Neutral Cider Hotel!Grant has packed his cider collection away ahead of a big move and rubbed lockdown in Martyn’s face, before the guys mull over mulled cider. Cider George sparks joy for Gabe with a supermarket cider, before Martyn reels off a list of bottle shops and tries not to offend everyone selling fantastic ciders! Martyn kicks off the news with some Perry praise and a middle-earth identity crisis, Gabe dives the guys back into the depressing world of Minimum Unit Pricing, and Grant questions the ‘original’ artwork for Gabe’s new book. For the big interview, the guys invite one of Herefordshire’s finest to the ho (Gabe slang for hotel), Albert Johnson of the award winning Ross on Wye Cider. The 4th generation cider maker at the site, Albert’s heritage is matched by his creative and forward thinking approach to cider. The guys cover everything from the “most complete Perry they’ve released,” Grant’s store room of kegs, funk music and Gabe’s maddening digressions!This week’s tasting is with another Herefordshire legend, Oliver’s Gold Rush 8 - Raw. Grant and Martyn have both waxed lyrical about the Gold Rush range, and this new 750ml Raw version has been one of interest. Something fishy is definitely going on, so make sure to drink along whenever Gabe mentions bagels! Next up, a new game for our overseas listeners still full from Thanksgiving dinner; Star Spangled Cider! Historic cider references linked to the founding fathers, hard questions and hard cider! There is controversy with the answering, so let us know if you feel either of the contestants were robbed! Do be warned, there are interesting impersonations in this representation of American history!And finally, the guys answer the listeners questions, with up and coming cider makers to look out for, and there’s some controversy when it comes to defining language in cider.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer/Editor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman in the Neutral Cider Hotel, as they "oracled there until" this whole thing blows over!Gabe catches the guys off guard with anagrams and embattled bladder stones. Grant then praises J’adore Le Plonk by Rachel Hendry and Martyn celebrates the 20th birthday of Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish & the Hotdog Flavoured Water.Martyn kicks off the news with a story about Hawkes getting 12 tonnes of community sourced apples through the mail, before chatting about the founder’s departure from the company. Grant then highlights a Men’s Health article on an oddly numbered, top 11 ciders. For Gabe's birthday, he had quick cider drinks with beard envy general Gwatkins, and a bottle of Eve’s Cidery Albee Hill 2019 made it one to remember. Grant wraps it up in trendsetting Clitheroe in Lancashire, with the news of Tom and Katy Mather’s bar, Corto. The guys then chat with the wonderful Helen Anne Smith, the creator of Burum Collective. A community blog ran by volunteers, they’ve provided an inclusive space for discussion and creativity in the beer, wine and cider scenes. They discuss inclusivity within hospitality, holding a CV up to scrutiny, Grant’s enthusiasm, and education within the drinks industries. For this week’s tasting, the guys get a different bottle each from the same maker: Sundström Cider. Made in the Hudson Valley, New York, Leif Sundström brings a wine like sensibility to each of the bottles on show. The range showcases varieties and techniques, and is worth the mop and bucket!Gabe then busts out his new game; Ciderology Knowledgy (aka CiderKnowledgy)!Finally, the guys answer the listeners questions, featuring the brown house, ciders for the cooler months, manly spliff’s CV and a post apocalyptic future. The guys then say goodbye, and Martyn is banned from Scotland.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman on their tropical island of all things cider!The guys discuss Frightened Rabbit as an answer on a game show, TV appearances and unflattering celebrity comparisons (It's Ed Sheeran!) before delving into the news.Grant kicks off things with a return of Roger Wilkins, who has found the cure to covid! After the guys restored his honour in a previous episode, the now scientist has proclaimed his vitamin-heavy drink is the answer to the world’s problems. Gabe then takes the guys through the upcoming Cidercon, the world’s biggest cider gathering, which is now open for registration. This week’s interview is with a man who’s not just in the know with cider, he’s actually written the book on it. We’re happy to welcome three time Beer Writer of the Year winner, Pete Brown! Highly acclaimed beer and cider writer, Pete’s got a huge library of stories and an equal breadth of published books to match. From Craft: An Argument to The Apple Orchard, Pete takes the guys through the cider regions who think they invented it, cider top trumps with Tom Oliver, the problem with ‘craft’ in cider and wanky writing. We cannot confirm or deny if he had a masturbate after the recording! The featured cider this week is Ross on Wye’s Thorn Perry. Gabe’s favourite variety of pear, it’s a big, bold and bright perry with some very intense character. The Horse of Knowledge makes a return to discuss the Pet Nat process as the guys take their time with the drink. Finally, they go through the listener’s questions, featuring Burum Collective’s Helen asking about education in cider, before Grant reads out the listener’s weirdest places to drink cider in the weirdest Grant voice you’ll ever hear. Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman through these turbulent times by checking in to the Covid-free Neutral Cider Hotel!The guys go through blending cider, buying houses and an off the cuff discussion of apple varieties.In the news, Gabe kicks off things with some bad news about this year’s The Big Apple event in Herefordshire, whilst discussing his pie selection and fingering process. Martyn then humbly brings up his own writing for Graftwood as “news,” before delving into the journalistic mecca that is Bridport & Lyme Regis News for some cider-sciencetory! Finally, there’s a deep discussion on the etymology of the word “cheers”, featuring the worst impression of a gay icon from a half-cut Martyn.This week’s interview is the boy’s first trip out of the UK! Connecting with a wonderful duo in their home all the way in the Finger Lakes region of New York in the US, the Neutral Cider Hotel is proud to host Autumn Stoscheck and Ezra Sherman of Eve’s Cidery. An orchard-based cidery with a focus on organic farming and minimal intervention, their drinks are always stunning and the boys dive into deep conversation straight away. Moving through every subject in fine cider, from terroir and sense of place, self-taught banjo players, the difficulties of innovation and child labour in the name of art. The guys then sample Eve’s Cidery’s DeRidder after the conversation, and what a tasting it is. A 750ml wonder, a Pet Nat style cider made with stolen apples (scrumpy to the English!), hear the boys honest reaction and try to keep up with their pace. Drinking game this week, try and finish the bottle as quick as Martyn for a wild 5 minute ride! Finally, they go through the listener’s questions, featuring a new generation of drinkers, craft-kegged cider, Martyn’s pissed eyesight and the art blending in cider, featuring even more praise for DeRidder!Quote of the episode: “Well that’s what scrumpy does to a man.” - Martyn Goodwin-SharmanOther Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyToken American: Scott RiggsConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com 
Join hosts Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they check you into the world of all things cider!Episode Quote: “Can you tell me if my cyder ys cyld or fyzzy?” - Martyn Goodwin-SharmanIn the news, Grant kicks off things with a deep dive into excess apples and the pandemic’s effect on fruit growers, before Gabe brings in the launch of a $500,000 US study into the language of cider (or cyder)! And finally, Grant is hosting a cider music evening as part of the Salford Virtual Beer Festival happening on the 14th November 2020. Hosted by The Lady Sybil, featuring some wonderful cyders to drink with a live sync up.This week’s interview is with the legend himself; Tom Oliver of Herefordshire. One of the greatest cider makers of all time, and often cited as an inspiration by the current crop of makers, the awards he’s won over the years speak for themselves! The guys discuss the individual apple and pear varieties, and how the selection comes together in the blend for the perfect drink. Breaking down the apples to their basic categories, Tom explains his process, what varieties he uses and where he sources them, including his cough on January the 2nd and his irritable bowels. Gabe then goes head-to-head with Tom in a new segment called Pomme or Band?? Play along at home in a lonely drinking game, or listen to the bands after you’ve checked out of the hotel! The guys then sample Sxollie’s Golden Delicious. A South African cider that packs all the character of the Golden Delicious into a 330ml bottle, listen in to hear what the guys think of this little hustler!Finally, they go through the listener’s questions, featuring the difference between fine and bog-standard cider and how far dry cider can go. You can follow us on Instagram or Twitter and send your questions for the “experts” there.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyToken American: Scott RiggsConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com 
Join hosts, Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman as they make room for all the pressing issues in the world of cider!Quote of the episode: “We’re a serious podcast as well as a stupid one.” - Grant HutchisonThe boys ramble through book plugs, holiday drinks in the Cornish sun and Scotland’s social problems, with a surprise appearance from everyone’s favourite murderous movie villain, Buffalo Bill. In the news, Gabe kicks things off with The International Cider Challenge, and the boys give a peek behind the curtain for what it's like to judge at a cider contest. Finally, Grant clears Rodger Wilkins’ name after a picture mixup in an American race row!This week’s interview is with Ryan Sealy of the Caledonian Cider Company. One of Scotland’s finest cider makers, the guys discuss everything from the identity of Scotland’s cider, his peculiar diet, blending cider and his sister’s job at Wickes. Spot the appearance of the first magical Chimera in the interview, before it leaves!New addition to the drinking game. In previous episodes we were taking drinks for book plugs and horse of knowledge sightings. In this episode, drink every time you hear the words “leaf” or “leaves.” Staff will pick you up off the floor when it’s over!The guys then sample Pilton Cider’s In Touch, Martyn’s guest blend at the Somerset cider maker’s site in collaboration with Dunleavy Wines. It was released as a part of South West Cider Week, with a unique unveiling featuring a poem from Cidershit.Finally, they answer the burning questions of their twos of listeners, giving their informed opinions and wild guesses, depending on the mood! Featuring all the faults of cider and their go to picks for the start of a drinker’s journey. You can follow us on Instagram or Twitter and send your questions for the “experts” there.Make sure to Rate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcast and thank you for your support.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyToken American: Scott RiggsConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com 
Welcome to the very first episode of the Neutral Cider Hotel podcast. Our hosts, Gabe Cook, Grant Hutchison and Martyn Goodwin-Sharman will be checking you in and unpacking all things cider!If you are looking for a new drinking game, take a drink every time Gabe plugs his book. You might not make it until the end of the show.After a quick intro to the boys, they’ll dive into the news where they cover the Discover Cider campaign, Grant talks about a new Swedish organic cider he recently tried called Brutes,  Martyn gives a quick review of a few ciders from his recent Pommelier Fine Cider Club delivery and Gabe talks about a new Danish cider he’s enjoying from Cold Hand Winery called Malus X Feminam.The first appearance of the “Horse of Knowledge” happens in this episode. Add that to your drinking game with book plugs for a real fun time.Our interview this week has James and Susanna Forbes of Little Pomona join the show, talking through their cider process, methods and experiments, their links to Herefordshire and the values of cider.The guys then sample and give an in-depth, on-the-spot review of Cidre Blanc from Anxo, an urban cider maker based in Washington, DC in the US whose clean, dry ciders are now finally available in the UK.They then wrap up the show with listener’s questions, sometimes, but not often about cider. If you want to ask the “experts” a question, follow us on Instagram or Twitter and send them there.Other Links:Gabe wrote a book: CiderologyGrant has a cider business: Re:StalkMartyn loves to talk about cider: CiderShitThe Rest of The Team:Executive Producer: Scott RiggsEditor: Scott RiggsMusic: Billy KennedyGraphic Design: Chris ArmesToken American: Scott RiggsConnect: Instagram: NeutralCiderHotelTwitter: NeutralCiderPodWebsite: http://www.neutralciderhotel.com 
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