Thursday
Apr052012

From the Source – A Short Film on Coffee Production by Charley Voorhis

Charley Voorhis, who did our cider production video, has just released another incredible piece for Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. Captured during a 10-day trip to multiple sites within Central America, this video captures the process, places and faces involved in bringing incredible coffee from its origin to your cup.

Curious what happens after it's harvested, processed, dried, sorted, and shipped to Olympia? This video should satisfy that curiosity.

As farmers, producers of a full-flavored drink and, let's face it, flavor nerds, there are a multitude of similarities between the approach to making cider and roasting coffee. Both are subject to the forces of nature, climate and terroir. Both are affected by how the fruit is handled after picking. And both are capable of packing a whallop of complex and delicious flavors if handled with care and finesse.

 

Friday
Jan132012

A glimpse inside our process

This fall we were able to capture the story of what it takes to grow, pick, crush, press and bottle our artisan ciders here at the orchard, thanks to local filmmaker Charley Voorhis. Charley has been incredible to work with and did an excellent job capturing the warmth of the harvest season in mid-October as well as the sights, sounds and faces* that make up our cidermaking process. If you're in the market for film, we highly recommend him!

*It should be noted here that the man most responsible for the ciders, Peter Ringsrud, only makes a brief shadowy appearance at 0:20 because he was so busy actually making the cider while we filmed the process

Additional thanks to Adam Butler for the music, and to our many friends for their help and willingness to be caught on camera.

Thursday
Jul212011

Snowdrift Cider – now available beyond Washington!

We are excited to share the love with so much more of the world. As of today, we are now shipping our ciders to 43 states within the United States of America (with the exception of AK, HI, MA, MD, ME, NH, UT, due to various laws). And not only that, orders of 6 or more bottles will receive a 10% discount! If you have been thirsting for Snowdrift Cider or want to send some love to someone else (over 21 of course), head on over to our Store and order up a taste of our Washington-grown-and-made cider!

Thursday
May052011

Come Celebrate the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival With Us!

Last year's blossoms drip with fresh rain – this year's blossoms will be bursting forth any day now…We will be doing a spring apple pressing and releasing the first of our newest batch of Orchard Select blend to celebrate the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, and you're invited!
• See fresh apples being crushed and pressed into juice.
• Taste all of our ciders (which recently won medals at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition in Michigan)
• Enjoy a glass of our newest batch of bright & sunny Orchard Select, poured directly from the brite tank. Having just finished up after a season of maturation, it brings flavors of passionfruit, kiwi, honey, rainier cherry & floral aromatics – if springtime had a flavor it would be this!
• Walk through the orchards, see the blooming pears and the first "king blooms" on the apple trees.
• Soak in the sweeping views of the basalt cliff backdrop and snowy Cascade mountains and Mission Ridge across the valley.
When: 
2-5pm, Saturday May 7
Visits and tastes are free and we will have cider to sell by the bottle and by the glass (to those over 21 of course).
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Friday
Mar112011

Now Available Online

Our online store is now up! Now you can enjoy our ciders even if you don't live close enough to the cidery for a visit, or if our ciders previously weren't available in your area. At this point we are only licensed to sell cider within Washington State, and of course only if you are 21 or older. If you're outside WA, just think of it as a great reason to come visit your mom or travel to the great Pacific Northwest.