2011

We start making our own Hard Cider, and learn about cider apples.

So after researching on how to make hard cider, we put our new found knowledge to work and started producing our own.

Now we live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and more importantly we are in Eastern Washington - and if there is anything we are known for, it is our ability to grow some of the best apples in the world. And so we assumed using some of the best apples in the world, we would be able to makes some of the best hard apple cider in the world. We started making small batches of cider. 1 to 5 gallons each, trying to find just the right combination of apples to create the perfect hard cider.

And our experiments were successful, if you hold that every experiment gives you information, even if it is on what not to do.

What we did not do was create a perfect hard cider. I can't say we even got one decent cider out of everything we did. But that was not going to stop us from trying.

So we bent back to the drawing board and did more research.

And we figured out at least one place where we were making assumptions; the apples we were using. While Washington did grow some of the best apples in the world, what they did not grow were cider apples. No one was growing them, and least no one who would sell us some. So we going to have to grow our own.

Back to the drawing board and more research.