I was here on a Monday afternoon with my husband and a friend from out of town. We skipped work to hang out with our friend at Pike Place and the cider bar. I ordered most of the ciders they had that I hadn’t previously tried. It appears that most if not all of these are draft-only.
<left to right: Schilling Brut, Independent Barreled Blackberry Perry, Channel Marker Quince, Finnriver Bourbon Barrel Aged Heritage, and Cider Riot New Wave>
Schilling (Auburn WA) Imperial Brut (8.5% ABV): On the sweeter side of dry, tart, with rich bittersweet cider apple flavor
Independent Cider (Dryden WA) Barreled Blackberry Perry (5.9% ABV): On the sweeter side of semi-dry, with berry, and a hint of oak (barrel), but no detectable pear
Channel Marker Cider (Seattle WA) Quince (7.8% ABV): Dry to semi-dry, tart, with mild general fruitiness
Finnriver (Port Townsend WA) Bourbon Barrel Aged Heritage (9.5% ABV): Semi-dry, with heirloom apple flavor with some tannins and bitterness
Cider Riot (Portland OR) New Wave (5.1% ABV): Dry to semi-dry with sharp heirloom apple flavor
I liked the Blackberry Perry, but wasn’t too into the others, mostly as they were on the drier / tart / sharp / bitter side. I probably should have just ordered something I knew I would like, but I like to try new ciders, especially at the lower price of a taster. I was more excited about the bottle shopping I did – I picked up a bunch of Dunkertons (an English cider which is a favorite of mine that hasn’t been available for quite awhile) and Alpenfire (a local favorite), plus a few others.
Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says. Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?