This post is part of a month-long blog series showcasing the talents of the local chefs and cideries that will be participating in City Fruit’s 6th Annual Cider Taste on November 10, 2016. To purchase a ticket, please click here.
Alpenfire Cider has the distinct honor of being recognized as the first organic cidery in Washington State. After a series of cider tastings in Canada in the 1970s, and an enlightening cider-making class at WSU in the early 2000s, the founders of Alpenfire ordered 900 English and French cider variety trees in 2003. In 2008, they had their first harvest and they’ve been blazing apple filled trails ever since.
Despite being nestled in Port Townsend, WA, Alpenfire finds its roots in European cider making. They employ an Austrian chopper and press, several variable capacity tanks, oak barrels, pumps, sparging & bottling equipment to produce their uniquely crafted ciders. In 2009, they harvested over 10,000 pounds of bittersweet and bittersharp apples - that’s a lot of cider! By keeping their crops 100% organic, they rest assured knowing that they are not taking part in the overuse of synthetic herbicides and fertilizers. For them, not going organic was never an option.
Alpenfire’s farm also serves as a sanctuary for plenty of local wildlife. While visiting their orchard, one is apt to find mason bees, ducks, eagles and other raptors, heron, songbirds, deer, coyote, bobcat and quail, along with the less welcome rabbits and voles. Their tasting hours are 12pm to 5pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from now through December.
Alpenfire has partnered with City Fruit for the Annual Cider Taste Fundraiser since its inception! City Fruit is thrilled to be joined by Alpenfire once again for this year’s Cider Taste on November 10. Don’t miss out on these delicious cider samples - buy your tickets today!
Julia Campbell is a City Fruit Ambassador.