At The Cider Farm we spent 13 years grafting and growing true cider apples organically to produce our ciders and cider brandy. True cider apples have tannins or acids, if not both, like a wine grape has. Clearly, buying or growing table fruit would have been a quicker, simpler path to producing our products, but we are seeking the finest quality. While our first three years of harvest were dedicated to our brandy, we devoted part of our 2014 harvest to support a cider release in 2015 and expanded that with our 2015 harvest. We make our ciders worth the time invested in them! We offer “cider refreshment with wine complexity!” Read about each of our ciders following where to find them.
Where Can I Find The Cider Farm Cider?
You can now enjoy our ciders on tap in select restaurants and Whole Foods Markets with tap lines in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, and that feature local, organic, finely crafted foods and beverages. We are releasing our “Classic Dry” cider as well as four other dry ciders and one cyser, all described below. Next year we will be adding bottled ciders made from our 2016 harvest, which is underway. Watch our website for regular updates, join us on Facebook, Instagram, BeerMenus, Untappd and join our mailing list as well.
In Madison, our ciders rotate in and out at restaurants such Lucille (just off the Square on the corner of King St.) and at Whole Foods Market in Madison. Yes, Whole Foods has tap lines – six of them! You’ll find our “Classic Dry”, “Equinox” or “Oak-Aged” on rotate in at Forequarter, The Old Fashioned, Jac’s, HopCat, and Brasserie V. Also look for a cocktail with our Classic Dry Cider at Forequarter on East Johnson Street.
Milwaukee and nearby
In Milwaukee, visit Lost Valley Cider, Wisconsin’s first cider bar, to enjoy our ciders. Visit with Stuart and Chandra for a line-up of many great ciders on tap and in bottles unlike anywhere in the Midwest! Classic Dry is on tap at 8th Street Ale House in Sheboygan, where it was the “go-to cider” during a recent cider week. Find Classic Dry on tap in the Whole Foods Market-Wauwatosa and at My Sugar Maple. Watch for it soon at Whole Foods Market Milwaukee, Palm’s Bistro and Bar, and Palomino.
Our Classic Dry Cider is on at SmallBar (Logan Square). The Northman, Chicago’s first cider pub and bistro, featuring the most extensive menu of ciders anywhere in the Midwest, also features our ciders! The Northman, The Publican and Pub Royale have all been enjoying our rare release, Tremlett’s, a treat for the cider connoisseur.
Whole Foods Market in Chicago has 16 stores with tap lines that is starting our cider in their West Loop store!
If you visit Farmhouse Taverns in Chicago or Evanston, as well as their Farm Bar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood (West Wellington Ave.), and ask for the Farmhouse ciders, you are drinking ciders we make with and for them exclusively.
About Our Ciders
All apples in our five ciders are certified organic.
- Our Classic Dry Cider includes a blend of five English cider apples, all known for their tannin profiles. These tannic apples give the cider complexity and mouthfeel unlike any table apple. These apples are Major, Kingston Black, Somerset Redstreak, Chisel Jersey and Dabinett. The base apple is Liberty, a tart apple developed by Cornell University, that gives the cider the acids and sugars needed to blend with the tannins.
- Tremlett’s is a blend of Tremlett’s Bitter– an English cider apple that lives up to its name!– with the tart and aromatic Priscilla apple. Cider connoisseurs immediately recognize that this is special. It is also our most limited release.
- Our Oak-Aged Cider was aged for 2 months in medium-toast American oak and untoasted French oak, with 20% of the cider aged in our Apple Brandy barrel from our 2015 Brandy release.
- Equinox is our hopped cider, named for the Equinox hops we chose to give this cider herbaceous and lightly citrus aromas, that push the cider in the direction of a Sauvignon Blanc. Indeed, cider refreshment with wine complexity!
- Haralson Dry is named after the Haralson apple, a 100-year old Minnesota apple, organically grown by our friends Harry and Jackie Hoch just over the river in La Crescent, Minnesota. The Haralson apple is joined by Honey Gold and Regent apples.
Ask For It!
Please ask when you are in restaurants and fine taverns if they carry The Cider Farm Ciders.