We press and ferment our cider only once a year in Autumn when the apples are at their peak ripeness. The fruit is washed and hand sorted, then pressed with our Rack & Cloth cider press. We fermented in various vessels, ranging in size from a 30 gallon oak barrel to our beautiful 50hL French oak foudre. The cider is allowed to ferment slowly, often taking three months or more months to finish.
We minimize handling and meddling with the process, choosing to create a favorable environment for the cider and believing that it knows best. Our cider is not filtered or fined and is therefore very much a living product. This means that as the year progresses the cider will continue to mature and develop.
We believe that good fruit and thoughtful cidermaking create a nuanced and balanced beverage. We hope you agree!
On Tap Now:
2015 Étienne – 6.9% ABV
This single-varietal (Winesap) cider is the result of our first fermentation in the 50hL French oak foudre we imported from Médoc in 2014. Affectionately known as “Steve” (or “Étienne,” en français) the foudre imparts earthy notes and plenty of tannin without the oaky flavors commonly associated with barrel fermentations. Crisp, tart, and complex.
2016 PommePomme Farmhouse Cider – 6.5% ABV
Named for PommePomme the sheep, matriarch of our flock, this off-dry cider is refreshingly fruity (but not sweet!) with a subtle effervescence–a result of natural cask carbonation. To keep a little r.s. (residual sugar) we keep a close eye on the ferment and use technique and timing to stop the process before the yeast consume all of the natural sugars.
2015 Good Fences – 6.9% ABV
A blend of apples fermented in a variety of oak vessels to produce a dry cider that is round and full-bodied but with nicely balanced acidity.
We occasionally bring out something special–aged ciders, single varietals, single-barrel ferments, or even a single varietal fermented in a single barrel. There’s no rhyme or reason to their release, it’s usually just because we feel like mixing it up. If you’d like to hear about special releases, the best way to find out about them is to “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.