Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?

Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?

The iconic Washington apple gets a turn in the limelight this week as the Cider Summit Seattle kicks off the sixth annual Washington Cider Week in South Lake Union on September 8th. With fall fast approaching, there are plenty of reasons to soak up the last rays with a crisp cider. Cider festivities affiliated with Seattle Cider Week will be held around the Seattle area from September 8 – 18th. Beneficiaries of the event include the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research., Northwest Cider Association, and Seattle Humane. Be on the look-out for some of the local favorites and whether you try them in your backyard, in the tap room, or at the Washington Cider Week make sure to enjoy with company that is just as refreshing as this orchard elixir.

Locust
No additives – just apples and fruit. Locust features small batch creative session ciders. The cider is made with Washington and Oregon apples at their Woodinville cider house. Picks like the Original Dry, Dark Cherry, Thai Ginger, and Wabi Sabi are available year round but visitors can also sample rotating seasonal specialties like Pina Picante, Red Wine Barrel, and Moroccan Mint Green Tea.

Besides serving quality, flavorful ciders, Locust uses a portion of funds to help those affected by Hydrocephalus. Among those impacted is 17 month old Lucy, the daughter of founder Jason Spears. Locust’s passion to find a cure for Hydrocephalus has helped elevate their cider and while fighting for an important cause.

We loved the Red Wine Barrel cider but the award winning Dark Cherry is just as memorable with tart, barely sweet notes great for summer and winter.

Seattle Cider
Seattle’s first cidery since prohibition. Blazing the trail for what has become a continuously growing industry, Seattle Cider is a leader on the scene. The Woods Taproom (shared with Two Beers Brewing) is a pup friendly place to hang out and enjoy the fruits of Seattle Cider’s labor. With pool, shuffle board, darts, and a decadent menu from Bread and Circuses, this community hub will not disappoint.

We loved the year-round staple Citrus Cider (it’s great for cocktails, too) with flavors from grapefruit and lemon. Now that fall is coming we’re ready to try the seasonal Pumpkin Spice that gets fermented with spices like nutmeg and cloves.

This year, Seattle Cider also teams up with Skillet Chef Nick Novello for the Backyard BBQ series taking place on Friday’s through September. The series will deliver a cider soaked menu for a collaboration that celebrates the apple and turning of the seasons. Guests will enjoy menu items like a 28-day dry aged bone-in NY strip and grilled peaches with whipped black pepper mascarpone, Seattle Cider Co. Semi Sweet Hard Cider reduction and candied basil. Featured cider cocktails include the Giada with Seattle Cider Dry, vodka, grapefruit, vanilla simple syrup and cardamom bitters.

Schilling Cider
Schilling Cider has become one of Seattle’s most well-loved with tasting rooms in Fremont and Auburn. The fresh pressed Washington apple cider is GMO free and doesn’t contain any added sugar. For those interested in cider making Schilling offers classes that include a growler, air-bubbler, juice, yeast, instruction, tastings, and snacks for small groups looking to take the love for cider to the next level. Try the award winning chai cider Schilling collaborates with Portland’s Dragon Chai to make this rooibos infused fall favorite. Try it as a cocktail:

Owls Hate Sweaters

1 oz. 3 Howls Spiced Rum
12 oz. Schilling Chaider
Heat to 140 degrees, serve in an over-sized mug and garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg

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