Seattle is fast becoming a cider town—the number of locally made ciders has exploded in the last few years. With a growing enthusiasm for experimentation, cider distilleries can offer tempting tastes and varieties for everyone (over 21). Because cider is naturally gluten-free, customers who can't tolerate beer or ale can quaff their thirst sampling any number of Washington's amazing apple crop in liquid form.
Seattle Cider Stops
Seattle Cider Company has four year-round ciders as well as a number of seasonal varieties. Visit the tasting room, called The Woods, to try both the ciders and beer from Two Beers Brewing. Bread & Circuses, a popular food truck, also has a brick-and-mortar location at the tasting room. No. 6 Cider makes a variety of flavors, from traditional to pomegranate to coffee. Head to the adjacent Citizen Six for No. 6 Cider, food and cocktails from Six Spirits Distillery, also located next door. The spot sits along train tracks with Elliott Bay beyond, and there are some fun views out of the restaurant. Schilling Hard Cider has a number of varieties available year-round, including ginger, pomegranate and rhubarb. The Schilling Cider House has a huge selection of cider on tap in addition to more than 300 bottles. Schilling also offers cider-making classes a few times a year if you'd like to learn some new skills to take home.
Tucked Into Woodinville Wine Country
Among the wineries of Woodinville, you can also find cider spots. Elemental Hard Cider has eight to 12 ciders on draft at any time as well as deli-style sandwiches if you’re hungry. Elemental’s cider is cross-flow filtered and slightly effervescent, so it may remind you of Champagne. The cidery recently launched a NW Atomic line of hard cider inspired by soda. The current draft list is on the website—check out what eight to 12 ciders are on tap before visiting. Also in Woodinville is Locust Cider. This spot has a cider house with an ever-changing selection of ciders, including experimental flavors. Try flights or tasters before indulging in a pint—there are at least nine ciders on tap at any time. Cider varieties include Dark Cherry, Thai Ginger, Apricot and the more traditional Original Dry and Sweet Aged Apple. While there’s no food on site, delivery is available and a food truck is there on Sundays.
Have some spare time and a bit of wanderlust? Drive just 3 hours south to check out the Cider Rite of Spring this Saturday, April 6, in Portland, Oregon. Over 100 ciders from 30 cider makers will be on hand to tempt your taste buds with every flavor imaginable. Tickets start at $25, plus fees.