Guide to WA Hard Cider Distilleries
There’s a cider event coming to Seattle on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00pm at Central Cinema (1411 21st Avenue Seattle, WA 98122). The Northwest Cider Association presents The Mis-adventures of Pete and Bill. World-renowned beverage writer Peter Brown and cider-obsessed photographer Bill Bradshaw will engage in discussion, offer a book signing and cider tasting. Learn about different Cider cultures around the world. Tickets are available HERE. Looking for hard cider made here in Washington? Here are some of our favorites:
220 Pocket Lane
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Washington’s only organic hard Cider, grown and bottled in Port Townsend, WA. Pop into the cider house for a tour and tasting on weekends, June through December between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. Alpenfire Cider is made with WSDA & Tilth Washington certified organic apples from over 800 trees and 10 varieties of English, French & Early American cider specific apples. It takes months of slow, cool fermentation to develop the subtle aroma and flavor you will find in Alpenfire’s bone-dry ciders. Perfect on a crisp evening.
Westcott Bay Cider
12 Anderson Lane
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Unique among small Washington wineries, Westcott Bay Cider produces and bottles crisp, refreshing ciders with a complexity and finish. Last year they even started a distillery to make apple brandy and gin from their Westcott Bay cider! Enjoy their traditional hard cider from a small orchard of antique apples on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. Westcott is available in some local grocery stores as well.
Red Barn Cider
16163 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Come try the award winning ciders at Red Barn in Mount Vernon. The Tasting Room is open during Summer and Fall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Burro Loco Cider is an intriguing cider made from a blend of Skagit Valley crabapples. Or you might want to try one of their other varieties – Sweetie Pie, a sweet Skagit Valley Gravenstein apple cider; or Fire Barrel, a traditional Estate grown apple cider blend aged in Whiskey barrels that was named hard cider “pick” by Seattle Magazine’s September 2010 issue.
Snowdrift Cider Company
277 South Ward Avenue
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Specialty hard ciders, crafted by hand in small batches in the heart of Washington apple country. Farmers in the Wenatchee Valley since the 1940s, this generational family operation has grown apples, pears, cherries, and grapes for decades. In 2009 they began to turn their fruit into cider, and cider lovers began to take notice. Today, as always, Snowdrift takes great care with our fruit and cider, to let the very best characteristics shine through. From tree to table Snowdrift is involved in every step of the process to bring you great cider.