The British Are Coming: English-inspired Ciders

by Kerry Newberry

Is the United Kingdom cider’s spiritual home? For many cider pundits, the answer is a resounding yes. Dating as far…


With a whole lot of TLC, Locust Cider transforms seemingly humble “cull” eating apples (those that would otherwise be rejected due to surface imperfections but whose juice still packs a punch) into highly sessionable cans. Jason Spears, co-founder of the Woodinville, Washington, cidery (along with his brother, Patrick), is at the helm of the small yet ass-kicking team behind each resulting batch.

Hood River, Oregon, is the gateway from Portland to Mount Hood National Forest and all the summer adventures therein. But this small riverside city is a windsurfing, paddling, dining and drinking destination in its own right. As the weather gets warmer and more people get outside, stopping for dinner in Hood River on your way back to Portland can become less a relaxing break, and more of a crowded hassle.

It is no secret the Northwest cider scene is booming like never before — recently released data says that regional and local cider sales for 2016 were up nearly 50 percent over the year prior. With spring officially taking hold yesterday and sunny days replacing winter rains, sipping on a chilled local cider sounds pretty enticing. At these newly opened, or soon-to-open, cideries, there are numerous ways and possibilities to sip on a taste of the region.
1859 Cider Co.

Happy International Women’s Day! In honor of this day and March being Women’s History Month, Sip Northwest magazine has teamed up with Seattle’s acclaimed Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR) for a night celebrating women in food, drink and leadership.

Welcome back to Bar Tab, our editor’s weekly selection of what to drink in the Northwest now. This week, we are introducing the latest production to our Sip Publishing family — Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia. Our inaugural venture into wine tourism magazines, the publication has a heightened focused on all that is grape-made and fermented in Canada’s most western province.

Meriwether Cider’s Molly Leadbetter belongs to a unique team of co-owners: her father, her mother and her sister. Then again, the tight-knit community of homegrown entrepreneurs in the greater Boise, Idaho, area is already a bit like a family.
Leadbetter explains that Meriwether’s commitment to its community, paired with the ongoing intention to remain passionate and adventurous while only producing ciders the family would be proud to drink, is exactly what has kept the label chugging along.

What do maritime law and hard cider have in common? Well, likely not much, but for Sixknot Cider owner and cidermaker John Sinclair that doesn’t seem to matter. The former lawyer turned cider producer has been crafting his cider commercially out of his Twisp, Washington, location since 2013, all while harnessing the power of the sun to make sure his operation runs successfully.

The holidays are coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your meals have to resort back to boring, tasteless basics.
I love delicata squash because while it tastes sweet, buttery and decadent, it’s also rich in vitamins (particularly A and C, which are essential for healthy vision and glowing skin), minerals (plentiful in bone-building iron and calcium) and fiber (which is mandatory for the removal of toxins and optimal digestion).

A trailblazer in Northwest cidermaking, Nancy Bishop of Alpenfire Cider in Port Townsend, Washington, was already head over apples for cider when a 2003 European tour helped her and husband Steve find their now-signature style. Trekking from northwestern England through Normandy and into Spain, they hit some of the world’s best cideries and realized they needed to plant their own orchards to take their operation from hobby to art.

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