Methow Valley Ciderhouse

DSCN1402

Methow Valley Ciderhouse is a little ways out of Winthrop, but definitely worth visiting. Beautiful countryside and a lovely orchard, with a low-key tasting shed and comfy sofas and chairs set around under a big tent. Sweet spot to hang out. It looked like they sometimes have live music there too.

DSCN1405

The tasting shed.

DSCN1403

Cider bottles from all over.

DSCN1404

Yep, they like cider!

The owners started the orchard four years ago with the intention of making cider. A couple of years ago had enough to sell and have been keeping at it as the orchard produces more. They have 13 kinds of English cider apples, which means they are not sweet apples so you probably wouldn’t want to just eat them. Apparently there are something like 9000 apple varieties, and the University of Oregon, where they got many of their apples, has a few thousand.

DSCN1406

Custom taps for their four ciders.

DSCN1407

Sampler – dry to sweet: Eagle Screeching Scrumpy, Pinnacle Goat, Howling Wolf and Honey Bear

They blend juices, and at the moment have four different ciders. I had a sampler to try all four, and actually (perhaps a bit oddly) liked the two ends, the driest and sweetest. It was really fascinating how different they all were.

DSCN1410

DSCN1412

Sweet vintage Subaru Brat.

DSCN1411

DSCN2057

Couldn’t go home empty handed!

This entry was posted in drinks, travel and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s