Today’s Beer: okay so it’s not a beer, but this cider from Howling Moon is definitely craft. I stopped by the cidery in Oliver a few weeks ago for their opening. The owners are charming and have big plans for their property including a teaching orchard where growers in the valley can come to learn more about cider apples. With farmer’s struggling to make ends meet with dessert apples, it makes sense to look at cider apples, which bring in much better prices! This cider is their dryest version, tart and slightly tannic made with 60% cider apples. I’m not a fan of sweet cider, so this English-style is perfect for me.They also do an off-dry for those who prefer some sweetness and an apple wine blended with late harvest Pinot Blanc grapes. If you’re in the area stop by and say hello!
Well after about 50 hours of labour picking, sorting, washing, crushing, juicing, fermenting, racking, bottling and all the cleaning in between… We have cider! That actually tastes good! Made 72 bomber bottles in all, some dry hopped with Azacca. It was definitely a learning process and I know now what not to do next year, but I think overall it was a success and I’m pretty pleased its all organic and from my own yard!