California

California the golden state with its beaches, movie stars, Disneyland and extensive agricultural areas throughout the state and especially in the San Joaquin Valley also has over 100 apple orchards and numbers of other fruit and nut orchards and growing areas. Though it has been called "The food basket of the World", the San Joaquin Valley has not been nationally recognized for the diversity of its produce. Oranges, peaches, garlic, tangerines, tomatoes, kiwis, hay, alfalfa and numerous other crops have been harvested with great success. With this agricultural abundance available, California also now has 40 large and small cider producers that create quality ciders from apples, pears and a number of other delicious fruits grown in the state.





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http://www.acecider.com/ 
Ace Cider from California Cider Company- We have been making ACE ciders for 21 years in the beautiful Sebastopol area of Sonoma County in California; right along side some of the world’s most renowned wine makers. Thanks to Ace Cider – America’s Best – the cider business in America is growing rapidly. There really is a refreshing alternative to beer and wine and it’s ACE! Unfortunately, some ciders never see an apple and are poor representations of the category. They’ve really given hard cider a bad name. Many ciders are far too perfumy (almost Jolly Rancher-tasting) and are quite a  put-off to those seeking a crisp alcoholic refreshment. Some ciders are very dry and barnyard tasting, especially some of the imports. We challenge you to take a taste test of your own if you don’t believe ACE ciders are truly America’s Best! 
2064 Gravenstein Highway North, Building 4
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 829-1101 

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   THE CIDERS:

Ace Apple- has an apple nose and a clean dry finish. It tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc. It is made out of 100 per cent apple juice and is all natural, gluten-free and low-calorie like the rest of our cider range. Ace Joker- is our driest cider, made from 100% apple juice; it has champagne characteristics, yeasty with an alcohol of 6.9%. It won the 2013, San Diego Cider and Beer Festival and took a Gold Ribbon as the Best Cider in the competition.
Ace Perry- First released in 1996, this is the first Perry cider made in California. It became very popular very quickly, as it is so refreshing. It is made from apple and pear juices. We use champagne yeast in all our ciders and ferment for 10-14 days.
Ace Berry- This cider is a sweeter cider at 5% alcohol by volume. We ferment the apple juices for 14 days to dryness and then add back fresh blackberry and raspberry juices to produce a light purple cider.. Ace Apple Honey-  With a dry fermented apple base we add Gipson’s Sonoma Wildflower Honey, which is getting more and more expensive. We finish up with a golden colored cider at 5% alcohol by volume with a slight spritz because of the density of the honey. The cider starts the palate with sweetness and then finishes dry. Ace Pumpkin- We add cinnamon, cloves and allspice to fermented apple juice to produce a 5 per cent cider which tastes like pumpkin pie. It is orange in color with a full rich taste that makes you want more….we carbonate the cider, cold- filter it four times before we bottle and keg it. This cider is released after Labor Day and is ideal for Halloween through Thanksgiving; although some customers think we should make it year round.
Ace Pineapple- is another first [thirst] for the California Cider Company. We believe it to be the original pineapple cider made anywhere in the world! We add pineapple juices to our fermented apple base to produce a 5% ABV cider that has a great pineapple nose and a semi-sweet initial taste with a tart finish. It is extremely refreshing and very quaffable for cider, beer, or wine drinkers. It is delicious when consumed ice cold. We got the idea for the cider on one of our many visits to the beautiful and inspiring Hawaiian Islands. It’s the ideal tropical drink especially in hot and humid climates.
   

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http://www.philoapplefarm.com/index.php 

The Apple Farm- It was the cold wet winter of 1984 when we first began to tame the wild and neglected property that we call simply “The Apple Farm.” There were apple trees, but it wasn't much of a farm. Over a quarter century, we have come a long way. To our delight we now have three generations working together in ever greater harmony with the land. Our years of working the farm led us from conventional practices, through transition, and on to many years of being certified organic. We want to continue to evolve and have chosen biodynamic farming as a framework in which we can further develop our relationship with our farm. It is an endlessly fascinating endeavor and we are all energized by the new and old ideas that we unearth. 

18501 Greenwood Road
Philo, California
95466

(707) 895-2461 


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   THE CIDER: Bates and Schmitt Hard Cider

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AppleGarden Farm - Tomales, CA
 


 http://www.applegardenfarm.com/
Applegarden Farm, We grow organic apples for our own brand of hard cider. Our apples are the heritage varieties such as Kingston Black, Kerrys Irish Pippen, Nehou, Stayman Winesap, Roxbury Russet and several other russet-type apples, as well as various crab apples which add tannins and body to the lighter apple juice. We have a few sweet apples for early picking, but the majority of the apples are too bitter and sharp to enjoy as dessert fruit. Our orchard is certified by Marin Organic and our cider is made using all natural yeast. We harvest the apples over a long period of time in the fall,  picking each variety as it becomes ripe and storing for a few weeks so that the natural sugars increase.
3875 Tomales-Petaluma Road Tomales, California
94971 
 
(707) 878-9152


















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    THE CIDER: Applegarden Farm Hard Cider- Our “style” of artisan cider is a still, dry, farmhouse variety with apple “notes” which is very different from the commercial brands which tend to be sweet and “fizzy.” This cider pairs well with many of the sharp cheeses as well as spicy foods. It is especially nice with the local oysters!

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https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/
Bonny Doon Vineyards- Founded in 1983 by Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vineyard made its mark on the vinous world with its pioneering efforts with Rhône varieties. Grahm was one of California's original Rhône Rangers. Since adopting Biodynamic® farming practices in 2004, Bonny Doon Vineyard wines evince a deeper sense of place, complexity, and varietal expression and a noticeable sense of organization. We aim to make the most soulful wines we can possibly muster—wines of vibrant vitality.

 

450 Highway 1
Davenport, California
95017

(831) 471-8031
























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   THE CIDER:

Query Sparkling Hard Cider, 2011 and 2013- What might a blend of apple, pear, and quince taste like naturally fermented (with indigenous yeast)? Result (not surprisingly): The ethereal suggestion of pineapple quince; the pungent, heady, dusky perfume of pear; and the earthy succulence of apple. I never thought I'd see... a pome as lovely as Querry. Crisp in acidity and bone dry, Querry is the perfect accompaniment to, well, essentially everything. It is composed of virtually everything, but most significantly: 58% pear, 33% apple, and 9% quince.  Winter Nélis Sparkling Perry- Most elegant, classic, traditional, bottle-finished perry with a subtle, spicy pear aroma; exceptionally refreshing. 

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Boonville Cider House - Boonville, California

 
http://www.bitehard.com/
Booneville Cider House-  With an orchard first mentality, Boonville Cider House uses its favorite varieties of apples to put the finest cider into every can, bottle, and keg. Made with gumption, and drank with gusto, the Boonville Cider House is less a place and more a state of mind. Right now the radical folks at N2 Wines in Yountville are sharing their facility with us, until we break ground in Boonville on our dream facility. So crack a can and taste Autumn in Boonville, taste us wassailing beneath the stars, and taste the hard work and great times that go into every gallon.

PO Box 564
Booneville, California
95415

(707) 901-7756
















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THE CIDER: Bite Hard Apple is a crisp, semi dry cider, slow fermented from heirloom Northern California apples in an English tradition. Made from tannic and full bodied fruit, this cider carries its distinctive BITE with a clean and unique apple finish and citrus notes. We take the time to seek out and preserve the best that Autumn has to offer.

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http://www.lonemadrone.com/bristols-cider/ 
Bristols Cider- is a part of the Lone Madrone winery, owned and operated by brother and sister Neil and Jackie and Neil's wife Marci. Jackie and Neil grew up in the West Country of England which is very much cider country. We are not talking murky apple juice here but the fermented version. When Neil moved to California he was disappointed to find none of the traditional beverage of his home, of which he had been known to partake on occasion. So in 1994 Neil began making small batches of cider from local apples under the Bristols name. Since that time it has evolved into a small line up of ciders. These ciders are all from select varieties of local apples, primarily from See Canyon and Paso Robles, although we have played with fruit from Oregon. All ciders are 100% apple juice and fermented on the native yeasts of the fruit. We ferment different ciders in different casks, some in retired Bourbon casks some in retired white wine barrels but most in stainless steel. 
2485 Highway 46 West
Paso Robles, California
93446

(805) 238-0845
 

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   THE CIDERS:  

Bristols Cider Semi-Dry- Made from various local apples, fermented and aged in a combination of retired wine and bourbon barrels along with stainless steel, this semi dry cider is refreshing with a hint of vanilla brought by the bourbon cask a light effervescents and a pile of apples makes for a tasty treat on a summer day.
Black Bart Cider- is 100% Granny Smith and dry-hopped with a Saison yeast bottle finish.
Anne Bonny- is made from 100% Granny Smith apples. Crisp and refreshing it is the perfect beverage with food or on a hot summers day.  
Blackbeard Cider- Made from 100% Arkansas Black apples and barrel aged in Bourbon barrels this is a serious cider!!
Calico Jack Cider- is 100% Granny Smith and dry-hopped.  Hibernation- is a seasonal winter cider consisting of a blend of crab apple juice and Bristols original. Unlike the other Bristols ciders, Hibernation is a slightly sweet, yet nicely balanced with the tartness and high acidity of the crab apple. 

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https://www.facebook.com/BrooksDryCider/timeline

Brooks Dry Cider- Brooks is not sweet, but fine and dry. Brooks is not heavy, but has firm legs and a solid body. Brooks is crisp, light and has a mighty good bite. Get Brooks Dry.

 
San Francisco, California 

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THE CIDER: Brooks Dry Cider

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http://www.CiderBrothers.com

Cider Brothers- Michael and Paul Scotto’s experience as 5th generation vintners enables them to take a winemakers approach to creating hard apple ciders. That’s why their artisan ciders are like award winning wines – refreshing, aromatic, well balanced and food friendly. The Cider Brothers create true craft ciders, produced from a five-apple blend of fresh juice from Golden Russet, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples. The Cider Brothers do not use apple or pear concentrate, one of the traits that separate their ciders from the mass-market brands produced by the large brewers and cider companies. Their Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider is produced using 15% California Pinot Grigio with their freshly fermented apple cider, adding a unique dimension of flavor complexity, body and food compatibility.
Lodi, California
 

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   THE CIDERS:

Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider- is a true craft cider, produced from a five-apple blend of fresh juice from Golden Russet, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples.   William Tell Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider- Our signature cider is a unique blend of freshly fermented Hard Apple Cider and premium California Pinot Grigio. We start with fresh juice from five types of apples and ferment it in three lots, each with different yeast to add flavor complexity. Then comes the creative touch: we add 15% of our Pinot Grigio and then Frost Ferment the blend to concentrate the fresh apple and wine character and enhance the flavors. If Frost Fermentation doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because we invented this technique to create our Pinot Grigio cider.

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Common Cider Company - Drytown, CA

http://www.commoncider.com/
 
Common Cider Co. - We don’t brew ciders, we craft moments. If it has anything to do with bringing people together, sparking conversation, bolstering friendships, and creating memories, it has everything to do with our approach to cider. Just ask Fran. As founder of Common Cider, Fran Toves was inspired into the cider realm by a simple desire: to utilize her foodies’ passion for flavor experimentation and her love of shared times to create something rare and delicious. Her dream was a portfolio of ciders painstakingly designed to pair beautifully with food while moving people to find common ground and celebrate the simple act of being human. In 2012, Fran shared her dream with the world at homebrew competition in Reno, NV. And the response, three ciders placing in the top 10, was all the validation she needed to go all in. Thus Common Cider was born. In Fran’s world, flavor is everything. Surprising flavor, adventurous flavor, flavor as gift to one’s family and friends. And it’s in the “layering of flavors,” as Fran likes to call it, where her artistry fully expressed. Only the juiciest, fresh-pressed, locally sourced apples. Only the choicest, natural fruit extracts and botanicals – local and organic wherever possible. Flavor profiles that lean more towards wine than beer. Light, crisp, a sweetness hinted but never overstated. These are ciders that taste like poems, enjoy them in the spirit of togetherness. 
16030 California 49
Drytown, California
95699

(775) 359-1111































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   THE CIDERS:

Apple Saison- While it is our most traditional cider, don’t be fooled!  The apple notes are soft and smooth, with a very clean finish.
Blood Orange Tangerine-This is what joy tastes like. One of our most popular varieties. We use just enough juice to capture the essence of citrusy fruit flavor, but not so much that it turns this blend red. And unlike some cider makers, we’d never use red dyes or colorants to make believe that the juice has made it red!  Lemon Saison- A hint of lemon makes this a crisp, dry cider. Enjoy it with a chopped chicken salad or Chinese take-out.
Hibiscus Saison- Get ready to smile. Get ready to talk and laugh and be human for a change. Let this artfully brewed, effervescent hard apple cider with witty hints of Hibiscus be your starting point. Brings out the uncommon best in any food. Brings out the magic in any gathering.  Cranberry Orange- Tart with more subtle pear notes, crisp with a sweet finish. This flavored pear cider retains a creamy flavor, but finishes on a brighter note. A seasonal offering only, hurry while it lasts!

 

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https://www.coturriwinery.com/index.html
Coturri Winery- For 25 years, Coturri has been a name to trust for pure wines - big, fullbodied, superrich, complex fruit filled wines that capture the taste of the vineyard (“terroir”). Coturri is California’s leading cult producer of “real wines” - old world wines using organically grown grapes, natural yeast fermentation, and no additives. Traditional handcrafted wines in small lots – Tony Coturri is a 3rd generation winemaker and takes a minimalist approach to winemaking. Carrying on centuries of tradition - little if any intervention is involved and the wines are untreated and completely handmade– only 5,000 cases annually. • Coturri Winery does it the old fashioned way with muscle and hard work. We do not use modern winemaking machinery and technology. No mechanical harvesting – no conveyor belts - no stainless steel tanks – no must pumping – no laboratory manipulations – no filtration devices - no automated corking or bottling lines. Coturri wines are truly handcrafted - bottled by hand, hand corked, and labeled by hand.

6725 Enterprise Rd.
PO Box 396
Glen Ellen, California 
95442

707-525-9126 

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 THE CIDER: Aeplz- a method artiZanale, wild fermented cider made in collaboration with the (bejkr).

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http://www.crispincider.com/ 

 Crispin- Classically refined, but not styled as a traditional "sweet beer" beer alternative, Crispin ciders are crisp and clean, not sweet and sticky and never sacrifice superior quality refreshment satisfaction for overbearing complexity. Always true to the apple, Crispin Hard Ciders naturally fermented in the USA use fresh pressed apple-juice, not from apple juice concentrate, from a premium blend of US West Coast apples, with no added malt, grape wine or spirit alcohol. Crispin’s unique USA produced ciders are smoothed with pure apple juice or from natural sugar sources like organic honey or organic maple syrup, and contain no added colorants, sorbate or benzoate preservatives.

Crispin Cider was purchased by MillerCoors Company in 2012. Fox Barrel pear ciders were fully subsumed as Crispin ciders in 2014.
Colfax, California
95713

(800) 648-0800

   
















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 THE CIDERS:

Brown's Lane- Authentically British from it's bespoke British Racing Green tailoring to its superb craftsmanship, but most defined by its World Champion racing spirit. 100% pressed, fermented and produced in England, Crispin Browns Lane is a deliciously dry, classic English cider. Crispin Original- Crisp over ice. A classically styled, but untraditional hard apple cider. Fruit forward, with a fresh, crunchy appley nose and a deliciously creamy, refreshingly crisp mouth feel. Crispin Brut- European-style extra-dry over ice. The ”champagne” of ciders; combining subtlety and sophistication; the epitome of unforced elegance. A crisp fresh apple bouquet with a brisk, refined finish that lingers on the palate.
Crispin Light- Bright over ice. America’s first light cider. Refreshingly light. Invigorating and full-flavored. A clean and cool, brisk and modern cider with delicate undertones that’s deliciously bright and refreshing and usually served with a lemon slice for a long cold spritzer-style refreshment.

Crispin Honey Crisp Artisanal Reserve™- is a small batch, hand crafted, super-premium hard apple cider smoothed with real organic honey for a rich, creamy, full-bodied crisp taste. Smooth over ice.

The Saint- is a uniquely debonair & elegant cider, a cider to convert skeptics. Naturally fermented using a premium blend of fresh pressed apple juice, not from concentrate, and fermented with Belgian Trappist beer yeasts, The Saint boasts a sweet floral bouquet that develops a yeasty, herbal complexity.
Pacific Pear- Naturally elegant and refreshingly adult with a sparkling natural pear finish and a subtle woody complexity, complemented by an intense fresh pear bouquet. Naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider.

Blackberry Pear- Naturally elegant and refreshingly adult with a sweet-sharp blackberry tang and mouthwatering juicy complexity, complemented by a luscious pear-berry bouquet. Naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate, or flavored hard apple cider.

Lion Belge- A subtle yet complex pear cider. Unfiltered using racked pear-wine and an authentic Wit yeast fermentation with natural orange-peel, coriander and smoothed with pure honey. Soft, round orange gives way to a rich, earthy pear with strong notes of wit and spice. Finishes smooth with lingering notes of coriander.

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Devoto Orchards


http://www.devotocider.com/      
Devoto Orchards Cider- We are a small family farm and cidery, but the largest cidery in California that uses exclusively CA-grown certified organic apples. Since 1976, we’ve grown nearly 100 varieties of heirloom and cider apples that we use in our farmstead cider blends. Our commitment to integrity and stewardship of the land holds true in every bottle of Devoto Orchards Cider. Our ciders are an expression of the terroir, microclimate, and intensive farming techniques that we employ. Made from our estate-grown apples, we approach cidermaking from a winemaking prospective and only ferment ciders when apples are at the peak of their ripeness and fresh off the tree from the months of August-November. Our small-batch, artisanal ciders are meant to be enjoyed with friends and family because they’re extremely versatile, refreshing, and food-friendly. 
655 Gold Ridge Road
Sebastopol, California
           
(707) 634-4858



















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   THE CIDERS:

Gravenstein- Single Varietal Cider. Made from 100% Gravenstein apples, an heirloom apple variety that our county was once famous for but is now disappearing as the orchards are being pulled out and replaced with wine grapes. So we are calling it "SAVE THE GRAVENSTEIN" as part of our mission is to increase awareness for the variety. Backyard- is a blend of local residents’ rescued backyard apples. Every year in west Sonoma County, thousands of pounds of backyard apples are wasted because the average person cannot use all the fruit from their trees, so we were inspired to put these historic apples to use.
1976- is a hommage to the year Stan & Susan Devoto left Berkeley to move ‘back to the land’ and planted our family’s first orchard in west Sonoma County. Visionaries of their time, they valued biodiversity and cultivated vegetables, flowers, and 55 heirloom apple varieties that we still grow today.
Cidre Noir- In November, as winter draws near, we bundle up and harvest the last and most charismatic of our apples.  These hearty varieties hang on the tree for nearly 7 months, slowly developing deep and concentrated flavors.  The Arkansas Black, Black Twig, and Black Jonathan apples make up the backbone of the Noir.  Thirteen more heirloom varieties balance body with refreshing crispness.

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https://www.facebook.com/domaine.lemieux

www.seecanyonhardcider.com
Domaine Le Mieux- After purchasing the small See Canyon Farm in 2006, Karen and Wayne Le Mieux were unexpectedly gifted with a bountiful apple crop. They gathered the Le Mieux family, young and old, to pick, press and produce both sweet and hard cider. Our Ciders are crafted from premier apple varieties picked at the peak of ripeness. The unique See Canyon climate produces apples with exceptional balance and clarity.
 
2885 See Canyon Rd.
San Luis Obispo, California 
93405

(805) 706-0411

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       THE CIDERS:

Vin De Pomme- Determined to make an apple wine that is interesting as a grape wine, we set out on an adventure to learn about wine making and traditional Champagne techniques. Our Vin de Pomme  “Apple Champagne” was born. Vin de Pomme has delicate apple aromas and flavors. It is crisp, dry and 100% apple providing antioxidants and nutritious minerals. A California apple sparkling wine, it rests in the bottle for at least six to twelve months marrying the delicate flavors. 11.5% ALC.  See Canyon Premium Dry Cider- Using both handpicked premium apples and native yeasts, this dry cider is sure to please both new comers and cider heads. Only the best apples were selected from our family farm in See Canyon and hand pressed. The wild yeast used for fermentation has been naturally developing on the skin of apples in the canyon for over 150 years and creates a stone fruit flavor with a slight nutty finish.  See Canyon Hard Cider- Our newest addition is our See Canyon Hard Cider. Our Cider is a refreshing, apple forward hard cider with the perfect blend of tart and acidic finish and a little champagne tingle.  The 7.5% ABV is higher then most mass produced ciders but smooth and stimulating.  It is naturally gluten- free and 100% apple.  

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Mendocino Pinot Noir. from left: 2010 Drew Morning Dew Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir; 2010 Straight Line Mendocino Pinot Noir; 2010 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Photo: Craig Lee, Special To The Chronicle
 

 
 http://www.drewwines.com/
Drew Winery,  Our connection to the land does not end with wine. We are also apple farmers. Our 15 acre orchard was planted in the early 1960's. Named after the original Blossom School that was first located adjacent to this orchard where the children of the orginal homesteader families on this ridge attended kindergarten thru third grade. There are 6 varieties of apples planted here that include Gravensteins, Golden Delicious, Rhode Island Greenings, Jonathans, Rome Beauties and Red Delicious.  So what does the next chapter hold for this beautiful heritage orchard? We love our orchard and want to do right by it; we feel we have become orchard preservationists by default. Apples are not a really a viable business unless you make something with them. With that experimental vision,we are currently conjuring up a vintage sparkling cider.  Check back for updates!
9000 Hwy 128
Philo, California
95466

(707) 877-1771























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   THE CIDERS: Coming Soon, 2015!

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http://www.everettfamilyfarm.com/ 

The Everett Family Farm- specializes in growing and selling high-quality organic produce, free-range pastured eggs, flowers, apples, and persimmons. Our roots run deep with apples, we have a passion for growing and preserving heirloom varieties. We currently grow over 13 different varieties of apples. Some of our trees are over 70 years old, although we have planted most over the past 10 years. We use 100% organically grown apples from our orchards at Everett Family Farm, hand-picked to perfection, pressed in our cider mill and made into the hard cider we have named, “Soquel Cider”. Laura Everett and David Hartzell have combined their talents and energy to make this hard cider, which is blended using several different types of heirloom apples from the orchard. We are focusing Soquel Cider to be a dry, refreshing cider with notes of the original apple flavors we are using.

2111 Old San Jose Rd
Soquel, California

(831) 566-0472


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   THE CIDER: Soquel Cider- 100% organic apples hand picked (some by you!), sorted, pressed and fermented all on the farm. We know you'll enjoy it. Please consume well chilled. Contains fresh pressed apple juice, naturally occurring sulfites, non GMO yeast and is Gluten Free! This is our 2014 vintage-  6.9%ABV

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https://www.facebook.com/foxcraftcider 
FoxCraft Hard Cider- is a premium craft cider, handmade from fresh pressed apples. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
 

409 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, California
95401

(707) 528-8588 


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   THE CIDERS:

Apple Blossom- Crafted with the finest Pacific Northwest Apples and finished with Natural juices to bring you a truly premium hard cider.  Blood Orange- Elegantly dry hard cider with a refreshing citrus finish of blood orange. Nicely balanced, sophisticated hard cider. 
Cranberry- Delightfully refreshing Cranberry Hard Cider with hints of oak, less sweet than most ciders.  Pear- This bubbly Pear Cider has layers of Cider taste. The Pear shines through, and the aroma is breathtaking. Made with Pacific Northwest Apples, and finished with Pear Juice. 

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http://www.drinkgoldenstate.com/ 
Golden State Cider- California is our home, our inspiration and our playground -- so we set out to create a cider that goes great with outside and doesn't compromise on flavor or integrity. We crafted an ingredient list you can pronounce and count on one hand, then packaged it in cans so you can take the Golden State with you on all of your adventures. We start by pressing 100% fresh West Coast apples, and well, that's about it. NO added water. NO added sugar. NO concentrates. NO bad juju. It's everything you want and nothing you don't. 
Sebastopol, California 
95472

(617) 519-1348


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THE CIDERS:

Mighty Dry Hard Cider- Goes great with outside. Pretty much everywhere and anywhere. Crafted with miraculously crisp West Coast apples, fresh vim and California vigor.  Seasonal Releases- feature those fruits that are in season for brief windows of the year.  We are inspired and intrigued by the rare and eclectic variety of fruits that California farmers are growing in their unique micro climates - even during the winter.  We highlight fruits you wouldn't necessarily expect in ciders and work directly with small family farmers to plant and harvest those fruits exclusively for us.  Our seasonals will always vary slightly year to year with the growing conditions - and we celebrate that - because our cider is an agricultural project, not a chemistry project. 

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http://www.gowanorchards.com/ 
Gowan Orchards- Award-winning Gowan apples are some of the best dessert and cullinary apples, and used to produce top-quality juice, spirits, and apple cider. Gowan apples have been grown since 1876 when the Gowan family orchards were first established in California’s lush Anderson Valley, now a world-famous appellation. This 7th generation sustainable family farm nurtures heritage orchards that produce over 50 different varieties, with some trees that are over 150 years old. The coastal climate, rich soils and protected valley form a very special microclimate that allow apples to mature at a natural pace, developing a full premium flavor profile. And now, with 1000’s of new trees being planted, including classic cider varieties, Gowans look forward to providing more of their signature quality fruit: tree-ripened, hand-picked and award-winning apples from heritage Gowan family orchards. 

6350 Hwy 128
Philo, California
95466


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   THE CIDERS:

Gowan's Apple- Gowan's 1876- 
Gowan's Gravenstein-  Gowan's Sierra Beauty- 

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Hard Pressed Cider Company (Gordon Biersch Brewing Company)- produced for and distributed nationally by Trader Joe’s. Made from fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest, Hard Pressed Cider company has a refreshing take on cider. Fresh pressed apple juice is fermented with brewing yeast and the resulting cider is slightly sweetened by adding back unfermented apple juice. That’s it. 

357 East Taylor Street
San Jose, California
95112 


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THE CIDER: Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider- The finished cider is clean, crisp and delightfully enjoyable.

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https://horseandplow.com/ 
Horse & Plow Winery and the Gardener- merge the best of old and new world techniques to produce authentic, hand-crafted wines from Northern California. We utilize organic farming, small lot fermentations and traditional techniques to make balanced, food friendly and site specific wines. The North Coast, including Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino Counties, is where we live and work. Our goal is to make world class wines from organically grown grapes. 

1270 Gravenstein Hwy N
Sebastopol, California
95472

(707) 592-0568


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THE CIDER: Horse & Plow Farmhouse Cider

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http://www.humboldtcidercompany.com/
Humboldt Cider Company-  Humboldt Counties only cider producer. We pride ourselves on creating delicious refreshing craft cider.  We press the majority of our apples on site, capturing the essence of the variety as well as experimenting  with new blends and interesting flavors. Our goal is  to provide something for every palate. From dry to sweet, fruited, to hopped and everything inbetween. Our product is unique-  we want to have fun with our craft, blending traditional cider making techniques with new creativity. We hope you are able to try some, if not all, of our concoctions.
3750 Harris Street
Eureka, California


(707) 616-0749

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   THE CIDER:

Macintosh- 6.9% Alc., Showcasing the wonderful aromas of a Macintosh apple this cider is semi dry, having a nice clean finish.  Jonathan- 6.9% Alc., Crisp, clean and delicious our single varietal Jonathan is semi dry with earthy notes and a little more bite.  Sierra Beauty- 6.9% Alc., This amazing apple makes you feel like you're in paradise. Mild sweetness accompanied by tropical notes such as Mango and passion fruit. 
Expecting Confidence- 9.8% Alc., Delicious and robust- this dry english style cider has similar notes to a rich white wine accompanied by earthy tones and hints of Sherry. Fermented from our highest sugar content Jonathan Apples.  Humboldt Blend- 6.9% Alc., Made with all Humboldt apples, featuring Mitchell Grove, this blend is semi dry with an array of apple flavors. Using, Macintosh, Kings, Red and Green Gravensteins, Fuji, and more!  Wild Beauty- 6.9% Alc., Crisp and refreshing with amazing tropical notes. A blend of wild fermented Jonathan and Sierra Beauty, these two were made for each other. 
Work Juice- Semi Sweet, 6.5% Alc., A light sweet start with a mild pucker at the end- easy drinkin’.  Hopped- 6.5% Alc., Our house blend dry hopped with Citra and Simcoe.  Pineapple- 6.5% Alc., In Collaboration with Slice of Humboldt Pie-We gave the girls boxes of fresh pineapples, they then turned them into an amazing concentrate for us to blend! 
Cherry- 6.5% Alc., This cider was made with tart cherries giving it a slight mouth puckering sweetness.  Honey- 6.5% Alc., In collaboration with Collett’s Humboldt Honey’s Wild Flower Honey this cider is a little on the sweeter side with amazing aromatics  and a tart finish.  Double IPC- 7.5% Alc., Made for 2014 StrangeBrew- our deliciously hopped cider was catering to all those hop heads out there.  Dry Hopped with simcoe and citra hops. 
Tart Lacto-Berry Blast, 8% Alc., Made for 2014 StrangeBrew- Lactobacillus  fermented in a small batch we created this sour berry cider. Just enough tartness to make you pucker your lips and want more!  Cereza Pina Ocho- 10% Alc., Made for 2014 StrangeBrew- In collaboration with the beautiful ladies from Slice of Humboldt Pie this amazing cider included  8 delicious pineapples a in a five gallon batch. Then Blended with a black cherry fermented cider.  Blueberry vs Pink Lady- 6.9% Alc., Made for 2014 StrangeBrew- this was a wild battle between delicious organic blueberries and the fiesty pink pearl apples. 

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http://www.indigenyreserve.com/ 
Indigeny Reserve-  set in the breathtaking hills of Sonora – is the perfect destination for intrepid travelers, hard cider and brandy fans, families, groups, and Tuolumne County residents. Founded by the Watson family in 2007, Indigeny Reserve™ is a lush 160-acre preserve. The name “Indigeny ” comes from “indigenous,” meaning occurring naturally in an environment. “Reserve” means to set aside for a future time or place. Our name reflects our mission to celebrate, share, and renew nature’s bounty for generations to come. Our crisp and refreshing hard cider is gluten-free. Indigeny’s apple brandy is organic and sustainably-produced. We use artisan double copper-pot distillation and traditional aging methods – creating an elegant and mellow taste, and a deeply satisfying experience for newcomers and connoisseurs.
14679 Summers Ln,
Sonora, California 
95370
 
(209) 533-9463


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THE CIDER: Indigeny Reserve Hard Apple Cider- is hand made in small batches, gluten-free, and dangerously delicious available now.  Our commitment to hand-made artisan beverages is strong and it shows.

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http://julianciderworks.com/

Julian CiderWorks- Artisan Cider & Perry. Made from Julian Apples & Pears! The Julian CiderWorks tasting room will open fall 2015 official (and commercial) grand opening. For 2014, we will be blending the Hyslop with the Granny Smith, Golden Russet, White Winter Pearmain, Golden Delicious, and possibly the Gravenstein apple cultivars.  Other varieties may be also added to balance the cider blend further. 

17550 Harrison Park Rd.
Julian, California
92036


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THE CIDERS: Julian CiderWorks Apple Cider and Perry, Coming Fall 2015

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https://www.facebook.com/JulianHardCider?fref=ts
Julian Hard Cider- Since the first American settlers arrived to our country over 300 years ago until prohibition in the 1920′s, hard cider was the original drinking man’s beverage on the farm, in the factories and through our coastal shipyards. Located in the frontier gold mining town of Julian, California, our growing company continues the American tradition of handcrafted, quality hard cider production using the finest ingredients, painstaking attention to detail and good old fashioned hard work. The recipe originates from 1670 colonial America and is comparable to the finest British ciders. Unlike many “impostor” hard ciders on the market, it is easy to have more than one pint of Julian Hard Cider as we do not use concentrated apple Juice or additives which leave the drinker with a lingering sugary film and after-taste. One taste of our premium hard cider and you will experience why Julian Hard Cider is “American to the Core”.

4470 Julian Rd.
Julian, California
92036

(760) 765-2500


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   THE CIDERS:

Julian Harvest Apple Cider is lightly carbonated, slightly tart, perfectly blended cider with a clean, dry finish. In the finest tradition of American cider-making, we source our Harvest Apple cider from only the freshest apples in the United States. Drink what the Founding Mothers and Fathers used to enjoy after a hard day’s work. Made from only fresh-pressed apples with no juice concentrates or added sugars, Julian Harvest Apple Cider is the truest form of hard apple cider you will find on the market.  Our Cherry Bomb is a clean, crisp, hard apple cider infused with juice from the Montmorency Cherry, (a world-renowned “superfruit” loaded with antioxidants and prized for it’s intense, tart cherry flavor).  100% gluten-free, we make all our hard ciders from the freshest apples in the United States.  All our recipes have their roots in the rich, Colonial American tradition of cider making.  Julian Hard Cider Black and Blue- 100% fresh-pressed, with no apple juice concentrates, we make all our hard cider from the freshest apples in the United States. This gluten free, 100% natural hard cider is infused with the juice of American-grown and sustainably farmed Blackberries and Blueberries.  












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http://murrayscyder.com/
Murray’s Cyder was established in Sonoma County, California in 1998 with the guiding mission of making the highest quality, old-world cider from only organic apples. Our hand-crafted ciders are slowly fermented to fully express the intensity of the fruit and are aged to develop richness and complexity. The exceptionally fine bubbles result from a gentle secondary fermentation. Our ciders are gluten-free and are made without added sulfites. Direct Sales by phone.
2200 Pine View Way, Suite C
Petaluma, California
94954

(707) 820-4720

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   THE CIDERS:


Murray's Cider- Light crisp acidity balanced with honeyed fruit and earthy undertones, this semi-dry cider has roundness on the mid-palate, with a hint of sweetness and a clean finish. A lengthy in-bottle secondary fermentation has made for a long-lasting effervescence that livens the essence of the fruit on the palate. NCider- A light, crisp, American-style cider made from organic, Sonoma County apples. Murray's Reserve Cider- Slightly spicy, floral, with hints of pear, this 100% barrel fermented cider has bright acidity and a rich mouth fell.  If properly cellared, should age well for years to come. Very limited production.
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http://www.phantomales.com/ 
Phantom Ales-  We love fermenting things. Malted Barley, Grapes, Apples, Honey, Peaches, Pears,... I'm not sure where this will end. We are a nano Brewery, Cidery, Winery, and soon to be Meadery. We create fresh menus every week filled with items designed to pair with our great beers, ciders, and wine.

211 N Las Brisas St
Anaheim, California 
92806

(714) 630-9463

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THE CIDERS:

Hop Burst Citra Cider  Phantom Peach Cider  Dryhopped Cider 
Perry Cider  "07270" Dryhopped Cider  Pear of Aces Cider 

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http://redbranchcider.com/ 
Red Branch Cider- We believe that producing a quality hard cider of any variety is 90% art and 10% science. Toss in a bit of sweat and heartburn for good measure and you’ll have a typical small cidery. Crafting cider is a lot like crafting many other beverages, and our love of quality ingredients drives us to produce more than just an average cider, but what we believe, is the finest cider possible. Our passion is to create something special from one of the most natural substances on earth, and share it with everyone. Quality and consistency are the most important aspects of our products, if they aren’t good enough for us to drink or offer to our own friends and family, then we won’t sell it to you! Red Branch Cider Company offers both traditional and seasonal ciders with an innovative honey twist. 

1246 Birchwood Dr.,
Sunnyvale, California
94089

408-747-0770
 


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   THE CIDERS:

Red Branch Hard Apple and Honey Cider- This is out famous Hard Apple & Honey Cider, 500ML 6.9% Alc. by Vol. puts our hard cider in a category all on its own. Full of apple flavor, sweeter than most other hard ciders and a great full body. Don't settle for any other Hard cider. Pick the best. Red Branch Hard Black Cherry Cider-  One of the family of our award winning Apple and Honey Hard Cysers. 500ML at 6.9% Alc. by Vol. and extreme cherry taste make this the hard cider for lovers of cherries. Crisp clean and refreshingly dry we believe we have the only hard black cherry cider in the world.

Hard Raspberry- This award-winning cider uses juice from the finest raspberries available to give it a natural raspberry aroma, color, and finish. If raspberry is your thing, then you may have just found your new favorite drink.
Hard Lemonade- Reminiscent of the front porch classic, this cider has real bold lemonade flavor in every sip. Also a great base for mixing with our other ciders—Raspberry-Lemonade, Black Cherry-Lemonade, or whatever else your taste buds desire. Just imagine the possibilities…
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Reef Points
 

http://www.reefpointsinc.com/                   
Reef Points-  We make cider, the hard kind. It embodies a craft born from the relentless wind and wave. From our galley to your belly, may you drink and return to the sea. Reef Points is a small producer of hard apple cider located on the central coast of California. The ciders reflect the glimmer of creativity found in our passions and adventures. Ships in California only.
51 8th Street
Cayucos, California
93430

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   THE CIDERS:

Kid Neptune- Fermented in a blend of stainless steel and oak barrels. It is a mix of Pippin, Braeburn and Granny Smith apple varieties hailing from Watsonville, CA. Smooth and bright, essence of lemon zest and green apple.  Soundings- A barrel fermented field blend of Anna, Red Astrachan, Gala and Braeburn apple varieties grown in Paso Robles, CA. Traditional style, subtle hints of earth and mild pear notes. 

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 http://santacruzciderco.com/home.html
Santa Cruz Cider Company-  Our family has a great passion for using the local harvest, hand made products and anything with alcohol in it. So, hard apple cider seemed to be a perfect fit. We got our start with a pick up truck full of “found” apples and a borrowed press. We have now moved on to our own equipment and an unlimited supply of apples, thanks to Dave and Gretta for the apples and all of the 2013 harvest crew. We couldn't have done it without you!

820 Swift St. unit #C
Santa Cruz, California
95060
 


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THE CIDERS:
  
Lot 14- ABV: 6.9%, Our Lot 14 uses a mix of local apples to make a tart, dry refreshing cider. Aromas of ripe apple, medium bodied, with a crisp lingering finish.  Barrel Fermented Gravenstein- ABV: 5.8%, Aged in a Sauvignon Blanc barrel, medium bodied, dry with a crisp finish. Lots of white wine character comes through in this cider.  Black Cherry- ABV:6.9%, This delightful cider is our Lot 14 blend with Black Cherry juice added for a medium bodied, dry cider.  The Black Cherry flavor is subtle, tart and refreshing. 

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http://www.scaroftheseawines.com/ 
Scar of the Sea- wines is a shared vision between long-time friends and colleagues, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli. The mission for Scar of the Sea wines is to produce wine and cider that is unique to a place while being balanced, complex, and most importantly is fun and delicious to drink. With so much emphasis in today’s wine culture on singular elements of winemaking such as alcohol, whole cluster fermentation, or oak regiment; Scar of the Sea strives to shift the pendulum to focus on what is in the glass. The most important part of our wines and cider is where they are grown. Location, climate, and soils matter.  These wines and ciders are crafted with minimal manipulation.  Balance is achieved through working directly with growers at carefully selected vineyard sites, and the wines ultimately show where they are grown. All the vineyards and orchards are influenced by the sea, with maritime soils, and climates, producing wines and ciders that are unique to the Central Coast of California. 

Paso Robles, California

(805) 234-8636 

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   THE CIDERS:

The 2014 Scar of the Sea California Hard Cider- The vintage cider is a blend of Arkansas Black, Idared, Red Ashtrachan, Williams Pride and Mutsu from  Paso Robles. It is barrel fermented with native yeast in French oak barrels and barrel aged sur lie for 3 months. This cider is re-fermented in the bottle to add carbonation so it will likely be a bit cloudy. It is very bright, showing off aromas of bubble gum, banana runts, and apples. It is light, clean, tart, dry and sparkling.  The 2014 Scar of the Sea Dry Hopped Cider- The cider is a blend of Granny Smith, Arkansas Black and Idared apples from  Paso Robles. Fermented in French oak barrel with native yeast and aged sur lie for 5 months, with an addition of Amarillo Hops and Nielson Sauv to add to the aromatic complexity.  This cider is re-fermented in the bottle to add carbonation so it will likely be a bit cloudy. Made for wine geeks and beer nerds, this cider is a sommelier stumper. 

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Sonoma Cider - Healdsburg, California
 
                    http://sonomacider.com/
Sonoma Cider-  All Sonoma Ciders are 100% intense, free of gluten and fully organic, from select fruit though reclaimed ciderworks equipment. It’s not an easy trick but, for us, an easy choice. Both product and planet emerge better. All are personal, an idea nursed, through trial and error, to fruition. Each, though, is surprisingly distinct. They’re our children, Sonoma’s children, intense labors of love. We, naturally, can’t pick a favorite. That’s your job.
30C Mill Street
Healdsburg, California
95448
     

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   THE CIDERS:

The Hatchet Apple- Ah, a paradoxical case of small = large. Through patient, and occasionally wobbly tasting sessions, an epiphany emerged to David, Robert and our unfailingly curious crew – smaller apples. With more concentrated flavors, compact apples seem to yield more intense, distinctive flavors. And so, all obvious efficiencies and economics aside, The Hatchet was born. Using a unique blend of native organic apples, we handcraft each batch to bring out fresh, ripe apple aromas, carefully pairing sweet and tart varietals to ideal effect. The result is a clean, refreshing hard cider with noticeable complexity and a lively finish. All hail the little things. To our tastes, there’s simply more going on in here. Cheers.  The Pitchfork Pear- Cheers. Welcome to the put-up-or-shut-up show. Ever the purist, David was a little reluctant to include pear in the Sonoma canon. So they drew up a deal. If Robert could coax a pear proto-type close enough to give David a glimpse of something genuine, with real cider integrity, David would join the fray. The Pitchfork is our happy ending. It’s an apple connoisseur’s pear cider, hand-crafted with organic apples and a measured infusion of pear essence. It’s both intense and balanced, greeting you with the distinct aromas of both fruits. We’re convinced its fresh play of flavors, crisp start and creamy pear finish will inspire a fan club all its own. With David, the skeptic, presiding. Bottom’s up.   The Anvil Bourbon- To someone steeped in the art of barrel aging, The Anvil’s journey surprised no one more than the cider master himself. While the grape lends itself to wood aging, and gradual infusion, not so the apple. To get the intensity we wanted, only a healthy dose straight from the bourbon vat did the trick. Alas, we’d love to spin a romantic tale of vintage bourbon barrels in cloistered caves but, well, sorry. In compensation, we offer a bourbon cider with a real bourbon presence. It offers a clean, lively, aromatic profile with a layered smoky finish. It’s truly integrated and rounded, yet vitally distinct. Enjoy.   

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http://www.southcitycider.com/ 

South City Ciderworks- The brainchild of a couple of friends, South City Ciderworks started out of necessity. The necessity for an every-day-drinking, not overly sweet, and rationally sized canned cider. Our goal is to create a hard cider that can be enjoyed by everyone whether it's 100 degrees out or 30 degrees out. We strive to make a product that isn't overly sweet but not like a brute that leaves you yearning for sugar water after every sip. Our preferred method of delivery doesn't require you to devote large amounts of time, money, or energy to consume. Lastly, but most important, is our goal of giving back to our community. At South City Ciderworks we recognize the importance of community involvement and philanthropy which is why we are devoted to giving back.

SOUTH CITY CIDERWORKS. MAKE CIDER MAKE A DIFFERENCE. ™

1236 Montgomery Ave.
San Bruno, California
94066

(650) 238-5422 

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http://specificgravitycider.com/ 
Specific Gravity Cider-  As soon as you sip our ciders, you will know—we use the most exquisite Gravenstein apples in the world. We start with Nana Mae’s certified organic apples, dry farmed on small family orchards and hand selected at the peak of ripeness. We add nothing but natural yeast and a spec of sulfite. Then time and nature take their course, working the magic that brings you Sonoma County craft cider.
708 Gravenstein Hwy North #174
Sebastopol, California 
95472
 
(707) 823-3964


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THE CIDERS:

Specific Gravity 2013 Gravenstein- Sip our 2013 Gravenstein and immerse your senses in cool, refreshing aromas of crisp apple accentuated with hints of nutmeg and cardamom. Taste the delicate, semi-dry flavors with a luscious mid-palate and a lively finish. Best served chilled, our cider makes lovely aperitif or digest, spectacular on a cheese plate with Point Reyes Blue, Manchego and goat cheese.  Nana Mae’s Wild Side- Early Harvest Gravenstein- Nana Mae has nourished us for decades with Sonoma County’s finest heirloom apples. Now, celebrate Nana’s wild side with this limited edition cider that captures the distinctive flavors of 2013 early harvest. It offers delightful aromas of slightly sweet apple, hints of pie, full body and a lingering finish. 

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http://www.surfcitycider.com/home.htm 
Surf City Cider, Hallcrest Vineyards and Scrumpy's Hard Cider-  First and foremost, we are winemakers with a passion for also making cider. All of the Surf City Cider products are crafted at the historic Hallcrest Vineyards Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Continuous wine production has occurred on this property since 1945.  Our ciders have the unique privilege to come of age side by side with award winning Pinot Noir and Organic Wines. With over 35 years of innovative winemaking experience and the prestige of being the first organically certified winery in the country allows, our ciders are produced under these philosophies.  We choose to source only organically grown apples from the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. Much like vintages in wine, we acknowledge that each blend of apples will be slightly different depending on the year, even the time of year.  Much like the delicacies in white winemaking, we approach our cider fermentations with the emphasis on utilizing white wine yeast who contribute complexing aromas and fermentation health. 
379 Felton Empire Road
Felton, California
95018
 
(831) 335-4441
 

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   THE CIDERS:

Santa Cruz Scrumpy Organic Hard Cider- Our flagship cider product, the Santa Cruz Scrumpy Hard Apple Cider is blended using a winemaker’s approach by focusing on aromatics, balance, and food pairing.  Sourcing all organic ingredients, the apple cider leads off with fresh Golden Delicious apple aroma, with undertones of tropical fruits like pineapple and kiwi. Crisp apple greets you on the palate, getting sweeter as the flavor progresses before succumbing to soft apple acidity in the finish. The beverage is intentionally light in carbonation to balance the freshness without compromising the body and texture. 
Santa Cruz Scrumpy Pomegranate-  is the most complex of our current line of hard Apple ciders. Created by adding pomegranate concentrate to our base cider, the nose fills out with pomegranate and apple candy, while red licorice undertones lend a seductive edge. The palate is crisp, much like the bite of a pomegranate, with a solid backbone of acid. The cider picks up on the finish, with a cherry note melding into a dominant granny smith finish. The beverage is intentionally light in carbonation to balance the freshness without compromising the body and texture.
Santa Cruz Scrumpy Barrel Aged Dry-  is putting a complex twist on this typically sweet beverage. Prior to the harvest and pressing of the 2013 Santa Cruz Scrumpy Apples, three new barrels were selected to not only age the cider in, but also to serve as fermentation vessels. After the fermentation began in tank on a larger batch that would become Santa Cruz Scrumpy Apple Cider, the three new oak barrels were filled and placed into the cellar. The oak used was a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Santa Cruz Scrumpy Chider- Cherry- Made by blending Cherry concentrate to our base cider blend, the Chider is the sweetest of our ciders. The soda like aspect of the cherry brings out the Fuji and Red Delicious on the nose, with an overall hard candy appeal. The palate is dominated by sweet dark cherry with undertones of apple and watermelon. The finish is salivating and sweet, much as is the entire approach.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sutton-Cellars/119850398065677
Sutton Cellars- An urban winery and tasting room. Small lots of handcrafted wines since nineteen hundred and ninety six - that's fifteen years if you're counting!!! Also, small-batch farmhouse hard cider since 2010. The idea at Sutton Cellars has always been to allow the most character in what we make with the least amount of additions, processing, or manipulation. In the current zeitgeist of “natural” wines this may sound like a well worn trope. The last time we filtered a wine was in the late 90s, the last purchased yeast used was for a stuck ferment in 2004. Organic, dry farmed fruit is used, always hand harvested and sorted, and fermentations usually last three weeks or more. In the last decade the use of new oak has diminished to zero. We bottle unfined and unfiltered and the bottles are gravity filled and hand corked or capped. Very little, if any, sulfur is added. From aperitif, to cider, to dry and dessert wines there is a consistency that shows these practices.

601 22nd Street,
San Francisco, California
94107
     

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   THE CIDERS:

a clean straightforward 100% Gravenstein that shows all of that variety's crisp bright fruit, barrel fermented with wild yeast and bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no sulfites or other preservatives.
a Farmhouse style which is a blend of apples allowed to go slightly sour/tart in the barrel. Barrel fermented with wild yeast and bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no sulfites or other preservatives. ABV from 6% to 6.5%.

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http://www.tagandjug.com/home.html 
The story of Tag + Jug Cider Co. goes back over one hundred years ago to my paternal grandparents, William “Jug” and Thelma “Tag” Bryan, whom I barely knew.  My grandfather Jug died well before I was born and grandma Tag passed away when I was only 11 years old. Born and raised in Texas in the early 20th century, as young adults, they packed up everything they owned and moved to California, seeking a new life for themselves and for their family to come. Tag + Jug Cider Co. is my homage to them. In 2013 I found a family owned orchard in the Sierra Foothills and started making cider from a proprietary blend of their sustainably grown apples. Tag + Jug Cider Co. was born. 
San Francisco, California 

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   THE CIDER: Batch No. 1- our flagship dry cider, is fermented with Champagne yeast and aged in neutral French Oak barrels, crafted specifically to emphasize the bright and brilliant acid that is inherent in true cider apples. Batch No. 1 is great on its own, but really sings with food.

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Tilted Shed Ciderworks - Forestville, CA
 
Plus select sites in NYC/LA

http://www.tiltedshed.com/
Tilted Shed Ciderworks- is a small, Sonoma County-based cidery founded in 2011 by the husband-wife team of Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli. Famous for its wines, Sonoma County also has a rich apple heritage, and our mission is to elevate the apple to greatness through cider. Our heirloom apples are locally grown in old, organic, dry-farmed orchards. At our Sebastopol farm, we grow dozens of rare, traditional tannic cider apple varieties, which, like winegrapes, provide the structure and depth that common table fruit cannot. For us, apples hold secrets. They persevere through drought and pestilence, and every year they show us new ways to experience them. We are on a quest to explore their mysteries by making beautiful, nuanced ciders that reflect our principles, place, and point of view. Wassail!

7761 Bell Road
Windsor, California
95492

(707) 657-7796


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   THE CIDERS:

Lost Orchard Dry Cider- Not your mama’s cider. Roxbury Russet, Nehou, Muscat de Bernay, and other traditional “bittersweet” apples make this blend Graviva! Semidry Cider- The Gravenstein sparkles in this bright, crisp cider. The refreshing acidity is balanced with a touch of sweetness. We sourced the Gravs and other heirloom cider apples for this blend from organic growers in the Sebastopol area. The Grav lends its lovely aromatics, while a mix of “bittersweet” apples—which were specially developed over the centuries for fermented cider—imparts lively tannins.  unexpectedly complex, tannic, and brawny, with a long finish.  2013 Inclinado Sidra- Inclinado is Spanish for "tilted," and this is our California twist on a Basque sidra. 100% organic Gravensteins pressed during the 2013 harvest and barrel-fermented with natural yeasts. Aged in barrel for a year, then bottled conditioned using fresh juice from the 2014 harvest to approximate the spritz made by the traditional long pour. Straw gold, dry, deliciously tangy yet restrained, with notes of spiced apple and damp earth.  
January Barbecue Smoked Cider-  We first sampled this cider on an unseasonably warm winter day while grilling. Wow! This is one of our experiments gone awesome. We smoked a few apples from our farm over pear wood, then fermented and aged them with a base blend of fresh-pressed Sonoma County–grown cider and heirloom apples.   Barred Rock Bourbon Barrel-Aged-  Cold weather calls for savory sippers, and Barred Rock is the perfect winter warmer. This aged cider is a blend of 100% fresh-pressed late-season Sonoma County organic heirloom apples — including Arkansas Black, Black Twig, and other varieties — half fermented in neutral oak barrels, then blended and aged for several months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This cider was fermented to dryness, no backsweetening, so your palate will experience all that the barrel aging has to offer, without any cloying effects. It's a plush, full-bodied cider with notes of vanilla, amaretto, and toasted marshmallow, its velvety mouthfeel brightened by a touch of acidity. 2014 Black Pig Smoked Cider- A special collaboration with our friends Duskie Estes and John Stewart, owners/chefs/farmers at Black Pig Meat Co. and Zazu Kitchen + Farm in Sebastopol. Their humanely raised heritage pork Black Pig Bacon was wood-smoked with some apples, then the smoked apples (sans bacon) was placed a base cider for fermentation, then blended and aged.  All of the heirloom apples come from the certified organic and biodynamic Acorn Ranch orchard, in Mendocino County, where the Cinta Sienese pigs used for the Black Pig charcuterie are grazed. 

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http://troycider.com 
Troy Cider- Today, American apple growers are facing nearly as tough a time as Prohibition, and new cider apple plantings are minuscule. The Troy Cider label is our exhaustive effort to sustain the quintessential beauty of apples in America. Cider apples are not grown in industrial orchards. They are the gnarled, twisted, wonderful trees in tall grass, overgrown by mistletoe. They are green, yellow, brown, red, black, pink, orange; shriveled, knotted skin; tannic, sour, tremendously fragrant and sweet. Some have been on the ground for weeks, desiccating into fantastic concentration, others are picked right off the tree for a crisp brightness. Our ciders are a blend of the essence of California, nurtured from the roots of lonely wild trees found in abandoned orchards and swampy hillsides. We hope our ciders will preserve the magic in these trees for a long, long time. 

850 River Road,
Fulton, Sonoma County, California
95439

(323) 907-7741 

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   THE CIDERS: Troy Cider MMXIII- This pome fruit medley is comprised of wildly organic heirloom apples and pears from Sonoma County, married with beautifully fragrant quince picked from the original plantings of legendary horticulturist Luther Burbank. Cold fermented to dry with only native yeasts and aged in neutral oak barrels for 8 months on the lees. The result is a shockingly mellow, yet undeniably complex cider that is reminiscent of tropical pineapple, guava, and vanilla. 

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T.W. Pitchers' Snake Bite - San Francisco, CA

http://www.twpitchers.com/
T.W. Pitcher's Snake Bite- T.W. Pitchers' Snake Bite is a sssinfully delicious blend of bold lager beer and crisp apple cider made by two guys who hate being thirsty. Refreshing. Easy to Drink. Tempting. We weren't afraid to mix things up. You shouldn't be either.
W.G. Barr Beverage Company
Re: T.W. Pitcher's Snake Bite
2480 Spring Mountain Rd
Saint Helena, California
94574 
 
(415) 999-2009

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   THE CIDER: T.W. Pitcher's Snake Bite- Bartenders began mixing draught beer and hard cider in the United Kingdom, where it quickly became a favorite among generations of pub-goers. T.W. Pitchers' Snake Bite™ is a new American take on this classic British beverage, bottled for the first time. The genius of T.W. Pitchers' Snake Bite is in the recipe. The perfect balance of light lager and apple cider allows the drinker to simultaneously taste the characteristics and complexities of both ingredients.

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http://www.tworiverscider.com/
Two Rivers- Our Hard Apple Cider is a favorite among those who have tried it. By using only the freshest apples, milled locally in Apple Hill, California and no additional sugars or concentrates, we’ve produced a one-of-a-kind cider that is perfect for all occasions. Our flagship cider is medium dry, slightly tart and effervescent with a lovely apple aroma. Two Rivers Cider is also preservative-free! Once you’ve tried our Cider, we are confident you’ll make it your favorite like so many folks already have!
4311 Attawa Ave Suite 103
Sacramento, California
95822

(916) 456-1614

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   THE CIDERS:

Original Hard Apple Cider- Made from a blend of 100% fresh pressed apple juice from Barsotti Ranch in Apple Hill. A proprietary blend of apples with a balance of tartness and sweetness to create a gold medal winning Hard Cider. Seasonal Ciders- Seasonal products include McIntosh, Gravenstein, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith ciders, as well cyser, made with honey and fresh-pressed apple juice. Blood Orange Cider- Deep in color with a bright citrus nose and just enough sweetness to balance the natural acidity.
Huckleberry Cider- A rare and wonderful fruit. The sweet aroma of berries and a delicious floral mouthful. You will enjoy it till the very last drop. Raspberry Cider- A popular cider that warms the tummies of our most discreet fans. A distinct palette of raspberries yet not overwhelming. Pear Cider- This fruit cider is close to a true Perry as you can get without traveling to England. Lovely pear aroma with hints of vanilla and a soft aftertaste.
Dry Oak Cider- This seasonal cider is aged in American and French barrels over the winter. A dryer cider with obvious oak overtones that are reminiscent of a fine wine or champagne. Very popular with the true cider enthusiast. Pomegranite Cider- Another award-winning cider that is growing in popularity as fast as we can make it. It is a light, slightly tart cider with a subtle pomegranate aroma and flavor. A cider to be enjoyed for any occasion.
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