#ciderchat with Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider and Perry



4/17/2014 6pm PST/9pm EST


Tom Oliver


Once a hop grower, now a cider master, rock and roll tour manager and social media maverick.  Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider and Perry agreed to stay up late, and by late I mean 2 am, to guest host Twitter’s weekly #ciderchat on 4/17/2014.

If you are not familliar with Tom Oliver, he is the owner and cider maker of Oliver’s Cider and Perry, an artisian cidery from Herefordshire, England.  Tom has been influential to both English and American cider makers.  Last year Tom collaborated with Virtue Cider from Michigan to produce Redstreak cider.  Did I also mention Tom is a tour manager for rock bands such as The Proclaimers.  The man does it all.

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Q and A With Tom Oliver. Tour Manager and Cider Master

4SpeccyGits2Facebook and Twitter have become the perfect outlet for following the Cider Industry and one  that really stands out in the social media, besides Virtue, of course,  is Oliver’s Cider.  Back in April I caught wind that Tom Oliver from Oliver’s Cider was making a guest appearance at Bushwhackers in Portland, Oregon.  To say I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t make it is an understatement.  Bushwhaker is located about 2800 miles from my home.  Well I obviously missed it but what I didn’t realize until later is Tom was also touring with the Scottish folk rock band The Proclaimers.

As if making great cider is not enough, he tours with great rock bands too. I mean as a tour manager, not a groupie. I later learned he has been with The Proclaimers for 25 years.

If you follow me on the Web, you may think I am one track minded with my beer and cider posts but music excites as well. I wanted to learn a bit more about Tom Oliver’s on the road history with The Proclaimers so I conducted a Q&A with Tom. Continue reading