Washington Cider Week!

Mark you calendars for Washington Cider Week! As the cider industry booms in the northwest (and really around the world), cider makers, pubs, restaurants and chefs will be supporting the noble apple with new recipes, cider pairings, classes, flights and a whole host of other features. Events are starting to come together, so watch the event page or our own Facebook page to keep abreast of happenings in your area. 

September is one of the most beautiful times of year all across Washington, so you could even organize your own event and do a rolling cidery tour through the state. Apple harvest should just be getting underway by then and the tops of the cascades are usually starting to show their gorgeous fall colors.


Even the English like our ciders

This spring we thought we'd submit our ciders to a competition in England, to see if we could get some feedback of judges from a different market, palate and history. We chose the Three Counties Show, where the Three Counties Cider & Perry Association puts on an international cider & perry competition each year, and exists for the purpose of improving the quality of cider & perry in England. Since shipping to England is expensive (we dropped $300) we picked just three of our products, Cidermaker's Reserve, Perry Reserve, and Cliffbreaks Blend, as they stood out to us as having the most distinctive characteristics of cider apples and perry pears.

Well, we ended up getting more than just feedback – we actually won medals … two golds and a silver at that! Cidermaker’s Reserve and Perry Reserve, both crafted in the méthode Champenoise, placed first in each of their categories (bottle-fermented cider and bottle-fermented perry, respectively), and Cliffbreaks Blend placed second in the medium-sweet cider category.

The champagne method is new territory for us this year, and so is perry for that matter, but we had some really outstanding flavors come out of the last couple harvests and we wanted to do something extra special to highlight their character. Méthode Champenoise takes a lot more work, but the in-bottle fermentation process helps retain some of the more delicate aromas as well as imparting a smooth, honey-like character. It’s really encouraging to see the extra work pay off with the English judges’ approval!


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.



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.


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!