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.
Woodinville Ciderworks was established in 2014. Its Apricot Hop Cider placed second in the 2015 Northwest Brewing News Hop Cider Competition boasting a fruity start and a hoppy finish.
Local brewshop fans may also recognize them for their light-bodied semi-dry Asian Pear Hard Cider.
Other varieties include Passionfruit Mango, Pomegranate/Dark Cherry and Apple Pie.
Tasting pours by co-owner Leroy Radford can be found in Woodinville at his Flying Dreams Winery. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment. Woodville Ciderworks is also available at many local brew shops. Kegs are sometimes even delivered by sidecar! Follow them via Woodinville Ciderworks' Facebook page or call (206) 504-6604.
Schilling Hard Cider was founded by master cider-maker Colin Schilling in 2012. Colin began making cider at the crisp young age of 14 on his family’s Idaho farm, and comes from a tradition of cider making since the 1970s. Core to the company’s values are its focus on innovative, bold flavors with social impact. The company boasts being the first craft cider to put its drink in cans, which have a 90% recycle rate, and the lowest carbon footprint to ship. All apples are sourced from Eastern Washington.
This year, Schilling introduced Grumpy Bear Nitro Cider in partnership with Street Bean Espresso, a non-profit coffee shop which helps homeless youth into stable homes and jobs. It is the first nitro-charged cider to be released in a can, sourced from free trade bean distributor Green Room. Every batch of Grumpy Bear Nitro Cider provides 500 hours of job training at Street Bean. All sales directly impact Street Bean and help change the streets of Seattle.
Other varieties of Schilling’s very portable cider include Mischief Maker - Pomegranate Cranberry, Lumberjack - Rhubarb Pear, London Dry - English Pub Style Cider Ascender - Ginger, Trouble in Paradise - Pineapple Passion fruit, as well as Schilling Seasonals (Hatch Chili, Blood Orange, Blackberry Pear, Peach Citra).
Schilling Cider House in Fremont boasts the most ciders on tap anywhere in the country (32) and is open daily at 708 N 34th Street. It supports fellow craft cider companies with 300 bottles of specialty craft ciders for sale. Cider making classes are available on-site on a quarterly basis. The Schilling Tasting Room is open Fridays at its Auburn distribution facility at 4402 D. St. NW Suite 101 with pool tables, ping pong, and other games. Another cider house is planned to open Spring of 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
City Fruit is delighted to be joined by Woodinville Ciderworks and Schilling Hard Cider for this year’s Cider Taste Fundraiser on November 10. Don’t miss out on these delicious cider samples - buy your tickets today!
Yiling Wong is a City Fruit Ambassador.