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33 Acres Cider Co

15 W 8TH Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 1M8

 

This Vancouver based brewery does their own take on a English Scrumpy style under the brand 33 Acres of Cider.

CiderMaster: David Varga

Philosophy: Our vision was born out of enjoyment for the binding elements of life. The spirit of community sharing; Drink, food, conversation, space, and ideas. We carry a strong appreciation for the boundless limits created by hard work. We’re influenced by the natural elements of our surroundings, fuelled by creative thinking, and drive to make the highest quality product.


BC Tree Fruits Cider Co

880 Vaughan Ave
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 7E4


BC Tree Fruits Cider Co was created with one thing in mind: to hand craft a premium hard cider from 100% BC apples picked from their own orchards and crushed their mill. A cider as traditional as the sixteen foot ladders climbed at harvest time. The brand name Broken Ladder.

BC Tree Fruits, is a cooperative of more than 500 grower families

Cidermaker: Bertus Albertyn

 

Blue Moon Estate Winery

4905 Darcy Rd.
Courtenay, BC
V9J 1R5


A fruit winery, which opened in May 2009, owned by George Ehrler and Marla Limousin. It is part of the picturesque Nature's Way Farm, an organic berry farm near Courtenay, that has been operated for several years. Natural Way is a certified Organic farm

They produce fortified dessert wines with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, and a table wine with blueberries and apples. They recently launched a cider called Harvest Moon.

Winemaker: George Ehrler

Philosophy: We use classical wine making traditions and local fruit. We love tradition as much as experimentation, so come and taste what we are doing. Drink to the pure expressions of the fruit! 

 

The Bricker Cider Company Ltd

6642 norwest Bay Rd,
Sechelt, BC
V0N 3A85

 

The District Municipality of Sechelt is located on the lower Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Approximately 50 km northwest of Vancouver. Here is where 3 guys Nick, Morgan, Bronson, Russell, and a lady Chris, started their cider house. Anne Bricker was Chris' mother and Morgan, Bronson and Russell's grandmother. Nick Farrer is the founder and cider master.

They produce,Dry, all natural, craft style cider

Cidermaster : Nick Farrer
Philosophy: Making clean, dry, approachable ciders that appeal to both the seasoned cider drinker and the cider novice

 


Burton City Cidery

5470 Highway 6
Burton, B.C
V0G 1E0



Their Grand Opening was in May 2016 and is owned by Barbara and Alan Ross. A farm based cidery that crafts small batches of all natural cider. They do not add water or sugar and use local ingredients whenever possible.

Ciders - Classic Apple
            Apple -N-Rye
            Ginger Apple
            Cider Makers Special  - a seasonal cider that is currently a dry hopped cider

The area in the West Kootenays where they are located had a town that was incorporated in 1895 as Burton City. At that time there were lots of apple orchards in the valley and they were a big supplier of fruit to Western Canada. The valley was flooded in the '60s and Burton City is now underwater. The cidery is reclaiming the history of the area by growing apples and making cider

CiderMaster : Barbara Ross

Philosophy: A great cider takes the time it takes!



Bx Press Cidery and Farm

4667 East Vernon Road
Vernon BC

 


This Vernon orchard was established in 1949 by the grandfather of current owner David Dobernigg. The orchard is located in Vernon's BX district consisting of 12 hectares.

The district is named for the former 2,428-hectare (6,000-acre) ranch previously operated by the owner of Barnard’s Express & Stage Line. Once the largest stage line in North America, it closed after 50 years in 1920 when trucks and railroads took over. The name lives on in the district and now in a cidery. (1)

David and Melissa realize that apple production in the Okanagan is now a difficult business and they needed to turn to Cider production to ensure a profit. They did the research before construction of their facilities commenced. Their initial ciders 10,000 litres were made in 2013.

They received training from Washington State's Peter Mitchell.

Cider-masters: Davis and Melissa Dobernigg

Philosophy: Our cider is pressed only in the fall when select varieties of apples are ripe. We then ferment it over the winter, releasing it only when it's had a long, slow maturation to mellow and develop it's complex flavours. 

 


Central City Brewery & Distillery

11411 Bridgeview Drive
Surrey, BC
V3R 0C2

 

In 2003, Central City Craft Brewpub opened in Surrey, BC. Their craft beer grew so popular that in 2005, they launched a canning line, sold at their own on-site liquor store, and beyond. They achieved great success with the Red Racer beer brand. By 2009 they had reached full capacity at the current BC brewery – a 3,500 sq. ft. space.

In 2012 and 2010 they were Canada’s Brewery of the Year, and won the 2012 World Cup of Beer’s Gold & Bronze Medal winner.

Central City’s Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider (6.5% ABV) is a dry-sweet cider blending Yakima Valley hops with fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest.  Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Cider is cold fermented from scratch, using Northwest Apples, Yakima Hops and a special yeast. The dry hopping process used adds a nice hop aroma onto the dry sweet, cider, complementing the cider’s natural tart flavour

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Dominion Cider Co

10216 Gould Avenue
Summerland, BC

 

The Summerland cider company is owned by three friends Robin, Luke, and Mike. They are a small producer that makes one type of cider and we think we make it well. But no two batches are ever really the same. Dominion Cider is a dry, English-style pub cider. It has a light golden colour.

The cidery was named after the Dominion Experimental Farms an agricultural network stretching from coast to coast created in the late 1800s to support Canadian farmers.

 

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Double Cross Cidery at the Junction

3363 Springfield Road
Kelowna, BC
V1X 5L4


 

Glenn, Loretta, Michael and Alycia Cross own Cross Orchards, home of the Function Junction Fruit Stand. In 2011, when they thought of expanding to apple cider and fruit wine, they contacted Richard Bullock, another apple grower, for advice. The Bullock family had opened the Raven Ridge Cidery on their East Kelowna orchard in 2003. To the surprise of the Crosses, the Bullocks were closing Raven Ridge. The Cross family jumped at the opportunity to purchase Raven Ridge's equipment.

Signature ciders   Fuji iced cider & Braburn iced cider 

Their plan is to produce both fruit wines and ciders . They also operate a fruit stand with products from their 48 acres of    apples, peaches, apricots, blackberries, tai berries, raspberries, corn, cherries and veggies 

Cider master: Glenn Cross

Philosophy: Work hard, play hard        



East Kelowna Cider Company

2960 McCulloch Road,
Kelowna, BC
V1W 4A5

 


Orchard owners Theresa and Dave Ross turned to cider when it became apparent selling apples alone would not be profitable.
Theresa and her husband David own 9 acres in an area rapidly being developed for homes. The property has been in the family since 1942 originally purchased by Dave's grandfather. His picture appearrs on the label of the Ross Hard Apple Cider their main product. Iced Cider is also made exclusively from dessert apples.



Faustino Estate Ciders

14000-14014  97th Street, 
Osoyoos, BC
V0H 1V2

 

The desire to produce cider came as a result of the couple’s loss of several years’ worth of fruit crops due to uncontrollable weather damage from frost and hail. High quality fruit was rendered useless for fresh market sales due to the hail marks – but those marks only affected the appearance, not the incredible taste of the fruit. The couple knew there had to be a way to use this fruit to produce a quality by-product that the consumer could enjoy. Hence, the idea to produce a quality cider using their own fruit was born.

CiderMaster : Jack Faustino Relvas

Philosophy: To use our own quality grown fruit to produce high quality ciders



Fraser Valley Cidery Company

22128 16 Ave
Langley BC
V2Z1L3

 

The Langley based cidery is owned by Rachel Bolongaro it is the first cidery in the Fraser Valley. The Bolongaros purchased the 12 acre farm in 2014 and began establishing their orchard. The orchard was planted with 1800 trees that consisted of over 25 different varieties of English and French cider apples.

Rachel produced a pacific northwest style cider.  They currently have five blends, dry, off-dry, raspberry, elderflower and honey .

CiderMaster Rachel Bolongaro

Philosophy: Making the best cider we possibly can using sustainable produced heritage apples from our orchard




Howling Moon Cider

7952 Highway 97
Oliver, BC
V0H 1T5



A family run business whose dream started in 2011 with plantings followed by opening the tasting room in 2014.

 

 

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Left Field Cider Company


Mamette Lake, BC
V1W 4A5

 


Established in the heart BC's interior, Left Field Cider Co. is a family owned business, making traditional cider in small batches. Proprietors are Gordon and Debbie Garthwaite, Kate Garthwaite, Theresa Pedersen two sisters and their parents.Yearly production is 1,500 cases

The idea of producing cider came to Kate out of nowhere, thus the name Left Field from the expression Out of Left Field. Kate spent a year in Herefordshire, England apprenticing with a well-known cider maker and is most knowledgeable in apple varieties and blends. All the owners have a role in producing their cider.

The cider-house is open from May long weekend to Labour Day on Fridays from 3pm-7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6pm. They are happy to give customers a tour of the facility.  All of the products are full juice. They do not use concentrated or artificial flavouring. They blend English and French cider apple varieties with dessert apples that are typical to BC.

Winner of Best Beverage at the 2012 Okanagan Fest of Ale

Signature Ciders: Big Dry and Little Dry

Cider-maker: Kate Garthwaite

Philosophy: Real cider is made from apples. We don't capitalize and pride ourselves on making a full-juice cider



LoneTree Cider CO

501 – 68 Water Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1A4


Lonetree Cider is an Authentic Dry Cider - straight from an old growth apple orchard in the Okanagan Valley. Opened in 2011

the name "Lonetree" because we think we stand alone in our belief in a 100% BC quality product. And we use the phrase "old growth orchard" because many of the apple trees are nearly 80 years old

types of Cider produce: Authentic Dry, Ginger Apple, Cranberry Apple, Pear & Apple

Philosophy: These days, it seems like everything has to be high speed, highly efficient to produce a higher yield. In our opinion, all this rushing can sometimes hurt the quality of the final product. That's why LONETREE is made from authentic cider apples, still grown the old-fashioned way – carefully, and with plenty of respect for the land.



Merridale Estate Cidery

1230 Merridale Road, RR 1
Cobble Hill, BC
V0R 1L0


Merridale, nestled in the mouth of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Located in Cobble Hill, just 40 minutes from Victoria the cider house provides a unique venue, surrounded by the orchards. Merridale is said to be BC's first estate cidery. Founded by Albert Piggott in 1987 and now owned by Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes who took over in 2000. They wanted the business to be something they would be passionate about and provide a healthy lifestyle for their family

Some of the varieties of apples grown include Dabinett, Tremlett's Bitter, Frequin Rouge, Hauxapfel, Chisel Jersey and Bulmer Norman, to name a few.

Signature Ciders: Scrumpy, Summerset

In 2007 the Brandiehouse was opened to produce fortified wines - Brandy. Aging is an important factor in producing fine quality brandy. The process of aging in oak enhances many of the characteristics of the brandy and slowly adds a distinctive caramel colour. The choice of barrel is important in the end product. Some of their brandies will be aged in French Oak, others in American Oak. Merridale will also be the first to age some brandies in Canadian Oak. They will call the brandies Oh de Vies a play
on eau de vie or water of life.

Cider Master: Rick Pipes

Philosophy: Merridale Ciders are handcrafted, all natural and made from 100% undiluted juice.


Naramata Cider Company


Aikins Loop, RR#1 S5 C18
Naramata, BC
V0H 1N0


Naramata Cider Co, ciders are made from crisp apples, ripe pears, a little Okanagan sunshine. The cider is owned by Miranda and Del Hallady who own Elephant Island Winery. Brain Selwood is also a partner.

The snail (found on every label) is emblematic of Cittaslow: a network of communities around the world that value slow living. Naramata is pretty stoked to be one of only two towns in Canada to have Cittaslow accreditation.

Being a Cittaslow community means we care about our town, the people who live in it and everyone who visits it. We work together to preserve the unique spirit of this place.

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Nomad Cider

8011 Simpson Rd
Summerland, BC

"We are nomads, endlessly exploring food, drink and culture. Our thirst for knowledge and new experiences continually inspire us to create great tasting ciders."

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Persephone Brewing Co.

1053 Stewart
Rd Gibsons, BC


Persephone Brewing Co. (PBC) operates an 11-acre farm and craft micro-brewery in the community of Gibsons on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Our farm consists of two hop yards, an apple orchard, market garden and flock of laying hens. Two acres of cider apples leased from another local farm are used to make their cider. Another cider apple orchard is being planted on the farm and and will cover approximately 2 acres producing bitter-sweet and heritage apples to help grow their cider production.

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Ravenskill Orchards


1240 Coats Drive
Gabriola, BC
V0R 1X4

 


The Gabriola Cider is owned by Keith and Marti MacKenzie, who began building their dream – an orchard of heritage apples on 27 acres in 2002.

They started with uncultivated scrub brush. They tilled the land and created locally sourced compost to feed the soil. They built a nursery and trellised rows for a unique stock of heavy fruiting dwarf trees. Finally they built a cider barn and roadside stand to sell the crop and ciders, the orchard has over 1,000 trees across two acres, with 25 different varieties of apples.

They released their first cider in the Summer of 2015. Jonas Greig the cider maker has produced two styles of cider one Dry with the RS of 14g/l and a  Dry Dry cider of only 4g/l RS.

They also make a sweet apple cider caramels

Cider-maker: Jonas Greig


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Rider Cider CO

1165 Ethel Street,
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 2W4

 

 

A Kelowna company that likes to support biking events.



Salt Spring Wild Cidery

151 Sharp Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 2P6




Gerda Lattey and Mike Lachelt are the owners of this new island cidery. The name comes from the times they would pick apples from wild trees on Salt Spring. They make 5 varieties of dry ciders, practicing organic methods.

The tasting room is located in an historic farm house.

Cider master: Gerda Lattey and Mike Lachelt

Philosophy:   Slow ferment, delicate flavours. All our ciders are dry.    




Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

2487 St Michael Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M 1T7

 


Sea Cider opened its farm gate for business in 2007 when owner Kristen Needham purchased the property with a vision of creating an organic farm and orchard producing traditional fermented artisan ciders. Since then, they have grown to an annual cider production of over 7,000 cases. Sea Cide continues to pride themselves on crafting traditionally fermented ciders from organically grown apples, and with their award-winning cider now available throughout B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Washington State, Illinois and Oregon. 

"Kristen is a sixth generation farmer, having inherited the family orchard in 1986. At the time, she wanted nothing to do with farming. Instead, as a teenager, she went off to boarding school in Wales. "I drank my first cider but never dreamed that one day I would become a cidermaker. Rather, I focused on my studies and began a career in environmental management and international development. I worked mainly on food security projects and spent several years working in rural Ethiopia with farmers. I never thought that one day I would return to farming myself. "

The first Sea Cider orchard was located on the pristine shores of Eagle Bay on Shuswap Lake BC.  In our family for 3 generations, we grew culinary apples.  In 2003 we replanted our Shuswap orchard with bittersweet cider varietals. The next Sea Cider orchard was established that same year on Oldfield Road on Victoria’s Saanich Peninsula, where we had a squash farm.  Then in 2004, we purchased a farm a few miles away on Mt. St. Michael Road for the site of our Ciderhouse and main orchard.

Previously a loganberry farm and sheep pasture. we planted 1,000 cider apple trees on the site that first year. We have since added several hundred more trees, comprising over 60 varietals of cider apples and heritage varietals. Construction of the Ciderhouse began in 2005, and the Tasting Room opened in 2007. The property is 10 acres and consists of the orchard, the forest, the Ciderhouse and gardens.


Sea Cider is a certified organic farm in compliance with Canada’s National Organic Standards through the Pacific Agricultural Certification Societ (PACS). Our organic practices focus on minimal intervention and prevention of disease and insect infestations through soil health and attentive tree maintenance. In particular, we maintain the health of our trees by encouraging and nourishing soil biodiversity and preventing soil erosion.

“Terroir” is also important in Sea Cider’s approach to cidermaking and apple growing.  Our site is well suited for a cider apple orchard. The orchard is protected by forest shelter to the south, and its east-facing aspect provides good air movement off the waters of Haro Strait.  The seas also moderate our micro-climate, preventing dangerous freezes and allowing the apples’ acids and sugars to develop in abundance. The topsoil is rich with organic matter and nutrients, and just under the topsoil layer is three-foot layer of glacial till which provides good soil drainage. Below this, a deeper layer of fine clay holds moisture during our dry summers and provides an exceptional source of nutrients for the trees’ taproots to access.

Sea Cider is focused on:
- Growing apples organically
- Making traditionally fermented artisan ciders
- Promoting local agriculture on the peninsula
- Supporting the local community
- Providing high quality cider, excellent service and encouraging visitors to the cider house for a ‘cider experience.’

Cidermaker: Kristen Jordan

Philosophy
: Sociability, sustainability, and community involvement have been the three pillars of Sea Cider's business philosophy and mission.




Scenic Road Cider Co

770 Packinghouse Rd
Kelowna, BC


Harv and Marina Johal along with Taylor and Caroline Sebastian have opened Scenic Road Cider Co in Kelowna


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Summerland Heritage Cider Company

3113 Johnson St,
Summerland, BC

 


The cidery is a collaboration of three orchard owners Tom Kinvig, Bob Thompson and Ron Vollo who began making cider nearly twenty years ago.  Their desire to improve the quality of their cider led to research which revealed not only that they  needed to improve their cider-making techniques but that there exists a large number of apple varieties that are used exclusively for making cider they needed to grow. They managed to obtain a small amount of grafting wood and over a number of years were able to graft more trees.  They currently have about 2 1/2 acres of cider apples   

Opening in 2012 the owners  selected a name that referred to their location and one that would reflect the heritage aspect of the fruit used in their cider

Signature Cider is Tuesday's Original

Cider master Bob Thompson

Philosophy: Uncompromising quality.   We strive to produce the best cider possible and wish to redefine what cider is in this area



Sunday Cider

1575 Vernon Dr
Vancouver, BC


A a few years back three longtime friends and fellow cider lovers figured there simply wasn’t enough proper craft cider to go around – so they started making their own.

Two of the founders owned Bestie – a friendly little sausage and beer parlour in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Sunday was the only day the restaurant was closed. Therefore Sunday was the only day they could work on their cider.




Tod Creek Cider

273 Prospect Lake Road
Victoria, BC
V9E 1J7


Named after the creek that runs through the orchard grounds, Tod Creek Craft Cider is a new beginning for this property. Formerly a working dairy during the 50’s to 70’s, it has now become Vancouver Island’s third commercial cidery. The cidery uses only BC apples. Owned by Chris Schmidt.

For five years he focused on restoring the land and its surrounding buildings before embarking on his cider venture. The property was a working dairy farm from the 1950-1970’s. Schmidt took the original milk barn and converted it into the home of what is now Tod Creek Cider.

Long, slow fermentation brings about great flavours in the traditional way. We typically ferment each batch for about four months. If you want the super-sweet, watered-down canned stuff, we can’t help you. Our ciders are all-juice blends to bring a clean, crisp, enjoyable drink that goes great with dinner, friends, or all by itself

Brand label: Bamfield Bound

The project began in 2012 by Chris Schmidt cider production has begun as they work on establishing visitor facilities.

Cidermaker: Chris Schmidt


Tree Brewing Co

1083 Richter Street,
Kelowna, BC.

 

This Kelowna based brewery know for its beer does cider under Fireweed Brewing using the Duke Cider Dry Apple Cider. abel. Founded on 1 January 1996

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Twisted Hills Craft Cider

2080 Ritchie Drive
Cawston, BC

 

Kaylan Maderia is the owner and cider master at this Similkameen Cidery

Her husband Joe Schneider, a fifth generation Cawston grower,  learned about apple production while growing up on his parents’ orchard, Heart Achers Farm at 2080 Ritchie Drive, the location of Twisted Hills’ tasting room

Twisted Hills’ Kingston Twist won the Judges’ Choice Award for Best Cider at the 2015 and 2016 Okanagan Fest-of-Ale celebrations.

Signature Ciders: Pippin’s Fate, Kingston’s Twist and Calville’s Winter 


Cider Master: Kaylan Madeira

Philosophy: We believe that the quality of cider will never surpass the quality of the apples used to make it.




Wards Hard Cider

2287 Ward Rd
Kelowna, BC
V1W 4R5

 

Part of the View Winery family. The View Winery is on a piece of property that has been in the Turton/Ward family for 5 generations. Historically, apples were grown on the property. In the mid 1990's a transition began and orchard rows were replaced with vines. The winery currently is in the heritage packing house that also doubles as a cidery.

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William Tell Family Estate

PO Box 204
Creston, BC
V0B1G0

 

 

JRD Farms is located in Creston, British Columbia:  a small rural farming community in the south-east corner of the province. The property was selected for its ability to grow grapes for wine as well as grow fruits.

Currently they produce old fashioned hand crafted Sparkling Apple and Pear Cider, Apple & Pear Cider Vinegar from fresh BC apples and pears.

The vineyard is planted with three different clones of Pinot Noir; 115, 667, and 777.  The vines are own rooted unlike most vineyards in British Columbia which are planted with grafted vines. JRD Farms believes that using own rooted vines is a truer expression of the fruit compared to using grafted vines. Also using own rooted vines is a benefit in cool climates

CiderMaster William Tell

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