When introducing me to new colleagues, friends, or relative strangers at dinner parties and conferences, some people like to joke, “Meet Maria, she has a PhD in Cider.” And now, friends, it is true. I got this banal, bureaucratic, and yet strangely emotional email in my inbox this week:
Anyone who has done a PhD, or who has nursed a significant other or friend through a PhD, knows that this day is a long time coming. There are so many people to thank (and I spend several pages on that in my acknowledgements), but here, I’d like to thank you fine folks who have occasionally strayed by my blog to read my musings on cider. Writing is a difficult, disciplined, hair-tearing, and sometimes euphoric task. It has been a delight to write here to an audience directly interested in the subject matter that I am also in love with. I hope to publish my dissertation as a book at some stage (another long process), but in the meantime, if any of you have an interest in reading the dissertation, I am happy to share it – please contact me with your email address, and I will send you a PDF. Many cider friends have contributed directly to the research, and I value any opinions you have to offer!
I have some fine bottles that I have been keeping for this day of celebration: Kevin Minchew’s perry, Tom Oliver’s Perry, and Broome Farm Cider. Thanks and Wassail!