This fall, we’re going to get you to think outside the box a bit. Or outside the apple, if you will? After you see the list below, believe us, you will.
We wanted to highlight a couple of amazing cideries that are brewing really interesting cider right now, and introduce you to a few names you may not have heard of before.
Spirit Tree Cidery
Where to begin? Not only do they do an amazing dry-hopped apple cider, but they’re also doing a truly stellar crabapple cider right now. Get your hands on it at their cidery in Caledon.
West Avenue Cider
Seriously though, what aren’t these people doing? Their cask-conditioning, barrel-aging, (aggressively) dry-hopping, and are showing no signs of slowing down. Check in with them often, or you’re likely to miss something really cool. Our current favorite, the Cherryosity, just won people’s choice at the Craft Cider Awards!
These folks are also making a dry-hopped cider right now, with ‘Hop-X’, a brand new Ontario varietal, which gives off flavours and aromas of orange, strawberry, and lychee. They’re also making a cider called ‘Spirit of the Woods’, a collaboration with Dillon�s Distillery. Get this : they’ve aged their cider on spent gin botanicals (from Dillon’s Gin 22) for an infusion of clove, citrus rind, and vanilla. If that’s not thinking outside the box, I don’t know what is.
Shiny Apple Cider
Alongside their more traditional apple cider, Shiny also does a cider ‘avec Pinot Noir Wine’. We haven’t had a chance to try this cider yet, but it’s definitely on the to-do list. Their pinot cider is described as having notes of strawberry, plum and candied fruit.
Georgian Hills Vineyards
Here’s a secret : Wineries are really good at making cider. Georgian Hills makes great wine, but they’ve also started making a sparkling apple cider (and have a pear cider on the way!) that’s really popping off. Plus, while you’re up there you can stop in at the Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery tasting bar for some of their Forbidden Artisanal Hard cider, made from Grey County apples.
Want to learn more? Check in with the OCCA. The Ontario Craft Cider Association�s mission is to support and promote the interests of Ontario Cider Producers and foster a sustainable cider industry within the province. OCCA acts as a vehicle to develop and promote the Craft Cider industry in Ontario and as an educational forum for the consumer as well as industry members.