5 New Cideries to Savor

by Gabrielle Brulotte

It is no secret the Northwest cider scene is booming like never before — recently released data says that regional…


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.

Traveling through the Pacific Northwest allows for exploration of wineries, breweries, distilleries, cideries and restaurants that have become nationally renowned. Visiting these locations for a day is never enough time to soak in all that these spots have to offer and a handful of cideries have begun to offer overnight lodging for those wanting more out of their experience. When planning your next cider tour, take these spots into consideration to make the fun last throughout the weekend.

With Halloween coming to a close and Thanksgiving fast approaching fast, we are at the beginning of the holiday season and good drink tidings we bring. Embracing the season of sugar and spice, cideries feature seasonal blends highlighting the piquant holiday blends we’ve all come to know and love. Stock up on your favorites before the end of January as these seven Pacific Northwest-made spiced ciders have high popularity during this tasty season.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Bar Tab, a weekly selection of what to drink in the Northwest now. This week, we are giving a partial sneak peek as to what will be poured tonight at our Best of the Northwest Tap Takeover. Taste these six award-winning beers, ciders and much more yourself starting at 4 p.m. at the Sixgill in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Come on in, belly up to the counter and order a digital (or literal!) drink on us.

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