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 these products, but we are seeking the finest quality. While our first three years of harvest are dedicated to our brandy, we devoted part of our 2014 harvest to support a cider release in 2015. We make our ciders worth the time invested in them.
The 2014 vintage cider is available in 750 ml bottles at Fox Valley Winery, southwest of Chicago in Oswego, Illinois, where they were made. They have a lovely sampling bar and retail area. Fox Valley Winery can also ship our bottled cider to addresses in lllinois, Iowa, and Minnesota, as well as Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.
Our 2015-vintage release is available in kegs only. It will be on draft in Whole Foods Market stores in Wisconsin and select stores in Chicago — those with tap lines. It will also be at select restaurants in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago starting in early June.
If you visit Farmhouse Taverns in Chicago or Evanston, as well as their Farm Bar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, and ask for the Farmhouse ciders you are drinking our cider since we private label cider for them.
We are releasing The Cider Farm Classic cider, made from a blend of our tart Liberty apples with bittersweet juice from our tannic English cider varieties of Major, Sommerset Redstreak, Kingston Black, Dabinett and Chisel Jersey. Our Priscilla blend is made from the tart and aromatic Priscilla apple with bittersweet juice from our tannic English cider variety of Tremlett’s Bitter. We will have limited releases of our Oak-Aged Cider and our Hopped Cider, both with only organic apples. In August or September, we’ll be releasing cyser made with local honey.
Please join our mailing list to learn the specific restaurants that will be serving The Cider Farm ciders on tap. Always ask the wait staff, “Do you carry The Cider Farm ciders?” If not, they should!