I was there on a Tuesday afternoon with my husband, during our Winter Break. I got a flight, as usual.
<left to right: Dragon’s Head Manchurian, Number 6 Peach, Sea Cider Sassamanash, Alpenfire Traditional Heirloom, Elemental Acai, and 2 Towns Naughty & Nice>
Dragon’s Head (Vashon WA) Manchurian (6.9% ABV): This is made from Manchurian Crabapples, and also available in bottles. Dry. Moderate tartness and high acidity. Mild flavor, with notes of citrus, honey, stone fruit, and floral.
Number 6 (Seattle WA) Peach (unknown ABV): This appears to be a draft-only cider, but I couldn’t find anything online about it. Semi-sweet to semi-dry. Definite moderate peach flavor, but it finished with an odd sourness I wasn’t a fan of.
Sea Cider (Saanichton, B.C., Canada) Sassamanash (9.9% ABV): This is a new seasonal release, with cranberry and hibiscus, and also available in bottles. On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Mild cranberry flavor with a hint of floral. I enjoyed this more once it warmed up a bit, and you’d never guess it was nearly 10% ABV.
Alpenfire (Port Townsend WA) Traditional Heirloom (6.9% ABV): This is the name for their rotating draft-only cider from heirloom apples. Dry. Low tartness and moderate acidity, with some mild tannins. The flavor was very mild, mostly citrus with some floral. This one was also more enjoyable once it warmed up a bit, as it was less sharp. I’ve had this previously, but it was likely a different batch; see here.
Elemental (Woodinville WA) Acai (6.0% ABV): This appears to be a tap-only release. Semi-dry. I don’t know what acai tastes like, but I found it to have a mild pomegranate-cranberry flavor. Moderate tartness and acidity.
2 Towns (Corvallis OR) Nice & Naughty (10.5% ABV): This is an imperial spiced cider, also available in bottles. Semi-dry. Apple-forward with some mild pie spices. I’ve had this before, see here (and I’ve also had the draft-only barrel aged version of it; see here).
I also got a larger pour of Reverend Nat’s The Passion, which I’ve had previously (see here). Then, my friend and manager of the cider house Sarah shared some ciders.
Reverend Nat’s (Portland OR) The Passion (6.9% ABV): This cider is made using passion fruit juice, coconut, and vanilla, and also available in bottles. On the drier side of semi-sweet. Moderate tartness. Moderate passion fruit flavor with hints of coconut, vanilla, and pineapple. Yummy!
Carlton Cyderworks (McMinnville OR) Summer Set (7.1% ABV): This is made from heirloom apples. Semi-dry. Moderate tartness and high acidity. Sharp heirloom apple flavor, with notes of citrus, floral, and honey.
Oliver’s (Hereford UK) Desire (4.2% ABV): This is a keeved English cider, which drank similar to a French cider, except it was still. Semi-sweet. Lovely rich bittersweet apple flavor with some caramel and brown sugar notes, and even some tannins. Awesome!
My favorites were the selections from Sea Cider, Alpenfire, Reverend Nat’s, and Oliver’s.
Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says! Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?