Ever heard of Wenatchee, Washington? Neither had we. Until we learned that arguably some of the best cider in the nation is hand crafted in this small farming town. Wenatchee is located in the heart of Washington state’s apple country, and is home to the Snowdrift Cider Company. Approximately 70% of the nation’s apples are grown in Washington. So naturally, some farmers began experimenting with cider making. After creating a variety of acclaimed, award-winning ciders, Snowdrift has definitely made a name for itself as one of the leading cider producers in the nation.
The Snowdrift Red Cider is one of the only ciders on the market today that is made entirely with red-fleshed apples. Even with no added colorings or flavors, these apples produce a cider that is pleasantly semi-dry and pours a beautiful coral color.
About the Cider Maker
Founder of Snowdrift, Tim Larsen, and his wife were living a relatively normal life in Seattle, Washington. However, the desire for adventure and spontaneity was pulling them in another direction. They both made the decision to quit their jobs, and embark on a 6 month bike tour throughout Europe. Along their journey, Tim was able to indulge in the traditional English style cider that has gained a heightened reputation within the US. Drinking fantastic cider and talking with cider makers along the way, Tim fell in love with the craft. Once back at home in Washington, Tim’s passion for cider making has resulted in truly amazing ciders that continue to excite enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
- ABV: 7.5%
- Tasting Notes: Watermelon, rhubarb, strawberries, and cherries. Finishes long and crisp with notes of toffee.
- Website: www.snowdriftcider.com
- FB/Twitter/Instagram: @snowdriftcider
- Tap Room: 277 S. Ward Ave., East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Near Victoria on the Vancouver Islands in Canada, there is a farm-based cidery called Sea Cider. The farm and ciderhouse has become a huge attraction for anyone visiting the region. The ten acre farm is home to over 1,300 apple trees, made up of over 50 heirloom apple varieties. You might want to go find your passport ASAP, because the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse is an excellent place to relax and enjoy a flight of award-winning cider.
Sea Cider’s Ruby Rose is a delicious rhubarb and rose hip infused delight to the senses. Its color has a gorgeous light pink hue, similar to a Rosé wine. It is named after the Rosa Rugosa plant that is present along the west coast region. This cider is perfectly smooth and semi-sweet, ensuring it to become every cider drinkers new beverage of choice.
About the Cider Maker
Kristen Needham, the Founder and Cidermaster at Sea Cider, started her journey of cider making as a teenager in 1986 when she inherited her family orchard. Her educational path took her to Wales in the UK where she tried her first cider and absolutely loved it. She continued to pursue her degree and began a career in environmental studies and international development. It wasn’t until 2002 when Kristen decided to dive head first into the cider industry and launch Sea Cider. Now, Kristen and her team produce impeccable cider that continues to set the bar very high for the rest of the cider industry.
- ABV: 9.9%
- Tasting Notes: Watermelon, rose hips, strawberry, and orchard leaves. Tart and well-balanced. Long and crisp finish.
- Website: www.seacider.ca
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FB/Twitter/Instagram: @seaciderhouse
- Ciderhouse: 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd. Saanichton, BC V8M 1T7
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