Located in the bustling Pet worth neighborhood, Capitol Cider House focuses on local flavors infused with modernity. Its hard ciders include choices like the Manchurian Crab, Honey Lavender and Predatory.
The first licensed cider in Maryland, Distillery Lane in Jefferson sits on a 95-acre historic farm that dates back to the Civil War. Located on a 35-acre farm in Middletown, Md., Willow Oaks offers small batch, barrel-fermented cider.
Lost Boy’s taproom is open Monday through Friday for socially distanced reservations. The locale mixes classic and craft cider flavors, including ginger and honey-infused varieties.
You can also indulge in delicious spirits, including absinthe, apple brandy, bourbon whiskey and much more. And since we’re already noticing hints of autumn in the air, it’s safe to say it’s time to get excited to welcome another beautiful season here in Washington.
Spend an afternoon at one of these local cider mills, and you’ll be ready for harvest moons and changing leaves in no time. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date.
The Cashmere Cider Mill is a relaxing rural destination that features a beautiful farmhouse from 1910. They have a cider tasting room, guest lodging, and you can even rent the entire venue for your wedding or other event.
They're open every day but Tuesdays for cider-sipping, and they often host events with live music and games. Located on the beautiful Fashion Island, Dragon's Head Cider's tasting room is open on weekends.
Their ciders are made completely traditionally, meaning apple juice concentrate is never used. If you're taking an autumn trip to the San Juan's, stop by Boat House Cider works (they're only closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Alienize is an organic orchard and cider mill located just outside the beautiful Port Townsend. Located on the Olympic Peninsula 12 miles south of Port Townsend, this peaceful farm is perfect for visiting on a fall day.
Their cider is made in their barn, and the tasting room is open 7 days a week. Jessica Wick is a writer and travel enthusiast who loves exploring new places, meeting new people and, of course, beautiful Big Sky Country and every part of Washington State.
The following wineries and cider-centric establishments are some of my favorites in the region and all offer two very important things: great craft cider and a tasting room, taproom or pub to enjoy it in. In addition to apples, ingredients can include Cascade hops, wild raspberries and fresh-pressed carrot juice.
Nat West Holding a Flight of Ciders, photo by Carrie Uffindell At the Gorge White House, a century-old working farm named for its distinctive c. 1908 Dutch colonial home, you can sample their ciders and berries, which range from the bright yet dry to the sweet and refreshing.
Nearby in their family-friendly taproom, Fox-Tail Cider offers more brash and European-styles with low carbonation, fermented onsite with farmhouse and commercial yeasts. Grab a pint of co-owner and cider maker Silas Bleakly’s dry, complex, oak barrel-aged ciders at the Rack & Cloth Mercantile, a cheery and casual tasting room located in downtown Mosaic.
In the town of Hood River, the new Slope swell Cider Company brings together two long-time cider makers, John Etta and Stefan Cumberland. Famous for its wine and vineyards, the fertile Willamette Valley, which stretches north-south 150 miles from Portland to the city of Eugene, is also home to a handful of award-wining wineries.
Enjoy bright, sessionable ciders at 2 Towns Cider house in Corvallis, pick up a bottle of E.Z. I really enjoy the dry, refreshing Estate Winesap and tart Cherry ciders.
At Capitol Cider, owner Julie Tall has created a vibrant pub filled with dark wood paneling, comfortable booths and colonial-themed artwork. More traditional and European in style, Alienize’s ciders are unfiltered, bottle-conditioned and made from certified organic apples.
Hardly surprising, then, that the state is home to so many fantastic craft wineries, both large and small. Off a long dirt road on San Juan Island is Westcott Bay Cider, the second-oldest cider works in Washington.
Using fruit harvested from a 1.5-acre orchard on the island, husband and wife team Hawk and Suzy Ingres create their delicious dry, English-style ciders. At the base of basalt cliffs in sunny East Wenatchee is orchard and cider Snowdrift Cider Company.
Another excellent cider and orchard is Dragon’s Head Cider, on Fashion Island. Hard cider may not have the huge fan base of Washington’s craft-beer-brewing movement or its rocking wine industry, but if recent appearances of the cult beverage on local menus is any indication, it’s only a matter of time.
Sophisticated sipping ciders comprise a blend of apples, often including English heirloom varieties grown specifically for cider and sounding as if they were plucked from a Shakespearean script: Kingston Black, Arlington Mill, Cabinet, Fox whelp and Sweet Copping. Donald and Graven stein apples are among the more recognizable varieties favored by Northwest cider producers.
Red Barn cider is on tap at The Pike Brewing Company downtown, where it’s often ordered as a companion to the local cheese plate. Finn river encourages visitors to take along rubber boots and tour its 33-acre farm, which also grows organic blueberries.
Wildfire Cider Pirate’s Plank Bone Dry ($13.50) Made from small, slightly withered French and English apple varieties organically grown in Port Townsend, this cider, described on the label as “scrumpy style” (which means unfiltered) has a nice bite. Finn river Farmstead Sparkling Cider ($13) Elegant and bright, this sparkler from Cimabue has a layer of richness that comes from the method ancestral practice of leaving some lees (residual yeast) in each bottle.
Red Barn Cider Fire Barrel ($11) Made in Mount Vernon and aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this cider imparts a smoky, bitter note that should appeal to fans of dark beer and red wine. We’ve moved our online shopping back to the Square platform, also our POS, in preparation for the eventual return of on-site customers and drinking.
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With no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors, it truly is pure apple bliss and the best cider to drink this fall. It’s made using their water emulsion technology which basically means that the cider is fast acting and doesn’t taste like weed.
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