BC Farm Crafted Cider Association
Perhaps you’re saying “what does farm crafted even mean?” Well basically it means that the cider produced was made from apples grown by the cider maker, making them a “land-based” cidery. Additionally, Liquor Licensing stipulates that cider must be a minimum 90% juice content, and by using ‘farm crafted’ they hope to provide a distinction between the farm based cider producers, and the commercially licensed ciders.
The BCFCCA’s mandates include promoting cooperation of production, marketing and development of Farm Crafted Cider in BC, educate and assist members in farming and production skills, set and maintain high standards of quality, and promoting the enjoyment and responsible consumption of BC Farm Craft Cider. Not too different from CAMRA’s own mandates!
Land-based cideries see a different taxation structure than “commercial” cideries. The only difference between the two is if you’re land-based, you grow your own apples. Commercial cideries see higher taxes on their products as a result of this structure. Chris Schmidt, President of the BCFCCA says that,”the land-based license agreement sits well with the BCFCCA members, as it has done a really good job of allowing for apple growers to add value to their product…we welcome other cider makers (commercial licensed, for example) to partake in the farm-crafted cider movement by buying (or leasing) land, plant apple trees, grow apples, squish them, and make cider. BC can definitely use more cider variety fruit, and we have the opportunity to become a centre of excellence of craft cider.”
Curious to learn more about the BCFCCA? Stop by their info booth at the Vancouver Craft Cider Festival hosted by CAMRA Vancouver!
CAMRA BC – Vancouver Branch