Interview with Chris Lehault on Serious Eats

Photo: David White of Old Time CiderThis week we were featured in the first-ever cidermaker's interview on Serious Eats' The Cider Press. Chris brought up some great questions with Lars about our history, our ciders, and where we think the cider industry may go in the future.

Check out the full article and read their descriptions of our Orchard Select and Semidry ciders here.


In the press again!

Photo by Chris HooverSeattle Magazine's September issue has an article on Washington's hard ciders. Finnriver, Red Barn, Westcott Bay and WildFire are included as well. 

It's amazing how cider keeps popping up around every corner. Some more corners to watch for are Cider Summit Northwest Sept. 11 (just heard there will be 50 ciders there!), Wenatchee Downtown Association's Taste of the Harvest Sept. 18, Vashon Ciderfest, and Ivar's Salmon House's Fall Cider Celebration.


And speaking of being in the press, our early season apples are ripening up and will be going into a press of another sort in the next week or so…


Northwest Cider Makers' Dinner Recap

Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of feasting and exploring Northwest ciders at The Herbfarm in Woodinville. The main purpose of the dinner was to honor Dr. Norton, Gary Moulton, and Peter Mitchell for their service to improving the quality of Northwest ciders over the past several decades.

This was our first experience with a 6-course, 4 ½ hour dinner event. To start the evening off, we toured their formal herb garden where we sampled various herbs and flowers that would be used with the dinner and heard a little bit of their story.  The first course was a trio for cider which featured emmer blini with housemade fresh chevre and various toppings with a champagne-style cider from Finnriver. The second course featured farmstead rabbit paired with Wescott Bay’s traditional cider. The third course was squab paired with Wildfire Semisweet Ember and our own Cliffbreaks Blend. The fourth course – pork with Red Barn’s Burro Loco. We had a cheese and house-made prosciutto paired with Wandering Angus Bloom cider.  For dessert, balsamic bing cherries with Bavarian cream paired with Blue Mountain’s cherry cider.

The presentation for each course was elegantly done and many of them had a cider reduction to compliment the entree. The portions were sized appropriately so as not to have overeaten. The Herbfarm did the best the best job that I have experienced so far in pairing cider elegantly with food. It was a very enjoyable time and it was hard to believe that it was after 11:00 when we left. The hard part was keeping alert for deer on the 3-hour drive home.

The dinner event at The Herbfarm was definitely a highlight to our dining experiences and a great opportunity to connect with other cider makers and enthusiasts. There were several people capturing photos of the evening, we'll try to connect with them soon and share the feast visually. A very big thank you to Nancy Bishop of Wildfire Cidery and Sharon Campbell of Tieton Cider Works for organizing such a wonderful event.


Snowdrift Cider on the menu at The Herbfarm June 29

"#1 Destination Restaurant in the World" - National Geographic

Years ago when Peter and Mary Ann lived in Seattle, they could only dream of dining at the Herbfarm, with the restaurant being so sought-out that reservations were regularly booked 6-9 months in advance!

Now our cider has the honor of being selected as part of the menu at the Herbfarm's upcoming Northwest Cider Maker's Dinner on June 29th. This will be a night of incredible seasonal Northwest food centered around cider pairings, all in honor of some of the most key people to bring about the Northwest's current resurgence of great ciders – Dr. Bob Norton, Gary Moulton, and Peter Mitchell. We are absolutely grateful for their work in the realm of cider.

Reserve your spot for Tuesday night and come visit with Peter & Mary Ann and other great cider makers and cider lovers, and enjoy the dinner of a lifetime!




See you at Washington Brewers' Fest!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we'll be over at the WA Brewers' Fest, at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. This year, they've expanded the program to include cider and wine, and we're one of the six cideries and two wineries that'll be sharing our wares through the weekend. Besides beer, wine and cider, the event will be rounded out with food, music, and a root beer garden. 

For more information on the schedule, parking, etc. head on over to their site.

Friday, June 18, 4 - 9pm 21+ only
Saturday, June 19, 11am - 9pm All Ages
Sunday, June 20, 11am - 6pm All Ages

St. Edward State Park
14445 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028