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Five hard ciders to try

“While Woodchuck and Angry Orchard continue to dominate the American cider market, their much funkier forefathers are making their way across the Atlantic. Weighing in at 6-percent ABV or less, ciders are a perfect sessionable alternative to wine or heavy-duty craft beers pushing the alcohol-by-volume limits. Like their English brethren, the fermented juice-producing regions of Normandy and Brittany in France and Asturias and Sagardoa in Spain have been churning out pressed gold for centuries, with palate-pleasers ranging from tannic, dry and sweet like Champagne to funky, acidic and yeasty like sour beer…”

Article continues on myAJC originally published on October 27, 2016.

Urban Tree Cidery brews unique, local flavors

“Friendly staff, an earthy feel and tasty ciders characterize Urban Tree Cidery. From the original English-style cider to their now permanent staple of ginger habanero, Urban Tree Cidery offers options for every palette.

Classic is the recommended first sample for those new to cider. This cider has the perfect level of  sweetness and its carbonation is pleasantly refreshing.

To those who wish to branch out from tradition, try the Ginger Habanero. Originally a seasonal flavor that Urban Tree had when they first opened, it became so popular that it earned a place as one of their staples. The combination of ginger and habanero created a spicy kick in the throat, but it was pleasantly balanced by the sweetness of the apples…”

Article continues on Technique originally posted on September 2, 2016.

Two Atlanta ciders worth sipping this summer

“Is hard cider the new “it” drink in local craft brewing? Westside’s Urban Tree Cidery opened in late March and is the city’s first hard cider producer within the Perimeter. Owners Maria and Tim Resuta, who source fruit from an orchard in North Georgia, currently make three varieties: the crisp and danger­ously drinkable original; the juicy, semisweet classic; and the barrel-aged, which spends a few weeks in Nicaraguan rum barrels that impart molasses-like richness and an impression of caramel­ized apples. In Marietta, Treehorn Cider, which opened last fall, has already found root in many of Atlanta’s better beer bars, like Brick Store Pub. Treehorn’s signature is a moderately tart, funky-tropical cider, but we’re really digging the new Ginger Reserve, with a spice that’s assertive but never overbearing.”

Article originally appeared in Atlanta Magazine in June 2016.

Urban Tree Cidery Is the Apple of Our Eye

“If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then cider must be a magical elixir that maintains pristine good health. OK, so obviously we don’t really think a pint of cider is a panacea for all that ails you — but hey, it could definitely improve the health of your social life! And when it comes to Atlanta, one of the best places to fill your tank with that apple-y goodness is Urban Tree Cidery.

Located on the Westside, in a modern industrial building off Howell Mill Road, Urban Tree Cidery is a cool place to meet up with friends and discuss the day over their homemade concoctions, brewed right on the premises. Billed as “Atlanta’s first cidery” and “first craft cider brand,” Urban Tree Cidery offers a variety of flavors, including both year-round and seasonal options…”

The article continues at Style Blueprint originally published in 2016.

Hate local craft beer law? Cideries are even more complicated

“Before last September, not a single hard apple cidery operated in metro Atlanta. Now, there are two, Treehorn Cider and Urban Tree Cidery, both of which hope to sell everything from traditional English dry ciders to potions spiced with ginger or chiles or even aged in rum barrels. Their owners see each other as competitors. So does the federal government, which subjects them to the same laws. But in the eyes of the state, they’re as different as porters and pinot noir…”

Article continues at Atlanta Magazine originally published on May 4, 2016.

New Urban Cidery puts down roots in Atlanta

“We all know that North Georgia is famous for its apples.  And it’s the quality of that fruit that led an Atlanta couple away from its dream of getting into the wine business – and into a new career handcrafting cider.

Urban Tree Cidery was created by Maria and Tim Resuta, and recently launched with a manufacturing facility, tasting room, and event space on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta.  The apples for Urban Tree Hard Cider come from Mountain City Orchard in North Georgia, a family-owned orchard that produces ten varieties of apples.  Those apples are pressed for juice, which is then sent to the Atlanta manufacturing facility and turned into three “flagship” ciders (Classic, Original, and Barrel-Aged) and other specials.  Guests can try those ciders at the tasting room Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m., and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken spent the morning at Urban Tree Cidery, getting a look at how the ciders are made – and doing some taste-testing, too.”

This article and video originally was published at Fox 5 on April 29, 2016.

‘Atlanta’s First Cidery’ Opens to the Public Next Week

“Urban Tree Cidery, announced last summer as “Atlanta’s first cidery,” has an opening date on the calendar. Urban Tree will debut its Westside tasting room on Saturday, March 26, according to a Facebook post. The team plans to pour its variations of cider until 4 p.m. or later, “if we are busy.”

Owners Maria and Tim Resuta will offer two traditional alcoholic ciders and a regular basis, along with a rotation of seasonal concoctions. All ciders will be crushed and produced on site at the cidery’s 4,500-square-foot home. The Resutas have said they will use their business to “support the community through a variety of programs, including Concrete Jungle and Trees Atlanta.”

On Urban Tree’s website, three flavors are currently listed, all checking in at 6.5 percent abv:

  • Original: Described as “dry and crisp, tart European style, subtly sweet.” Urban Tree suggests pairing it with pork, roasted vegetables, and cheddar.
  • Classic: Refreshing and pleasant, sweet, bright. Pair with fish, fruit, and soft cheeses.
  • Barrel-aged: Robust, strong, woody vanilla and oak notes. Pair with roasted foods, grilled foods, heavy breads, strong cheeses.

Complete, regular hours for Urban Tree haven’t been announced. The cidery takes up residence in the former Eclectia Props space at 1465 Howell Mill Road.”

Article originally posted on Atlanta Eater on March 18, 2016.

Urban Tree Cidery to open March 26th

“An apple (cider) a day keeps the brewery boredom away.

Dr. Tim Resuta and his wife Maria have set an opening date for Atlanta’s first cider manufacturing facility and tasting room.

Urban Tree Cidery has announced in a Facebook post that the establishment is opening its doors to the public Saturday, March 26th at noon….”

This article continues at What Now Atlanta originally published on March 15, 2016.

The most anticipated Atlanta craft brewery openings in 2016

“2015 was undeniably a year of growth, but also a frustrating one for the Atlanta craft beer community. When state legislature passed Beer Jobs Bill (SB 63), local brewers could finally sell (some of) their beer directly to consumers on site, a right they’d long been fighting for and one that almost every other state in the country enjoys (save for us, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Hawaii)….”

Article continues at Atlanta Magazine originally published on January 5, 2016.