Scrumping, gluten intolerance and the ingenuity of two sisters helped launched Santa Cruz Cider Company in 2010.
Scrumping: Taking apples from a forgotten orchard that is owned by someone else.
When Nicole Todd and sister Natalie Henze found a forgotten orchard loaded with apples, they decided to go scrumping. That orchard is now owned by a friend and since then they have been offered to use an even larger family orchard dating back to 1880! The apples trees from both orchards are at least 100 years old and you can taste the terroir.
The sisters and family hand pick all the apples and press using a Bladder Press.
Nicole and I did a vertical tasting of the Barrel Aged Gravenstein Cider. We discuss the use of champagne yeast and the competition that took place in the barrel between the champagne yeast that was pitched and the wild yeast culture that was already in the bottle.
What’s an Apple Pretzel? Taking a shoot/sucker on an apple tree and wrapping it around in a pretzel shape while pruning. In time, the pretzel fuses, enlarges and helps provide more growth on the tree…and also creates a nice hand hold for apple pickers.
Where to get Santa Cruz Cider?
Go to the following link to find all the locations in Santa Cruz where it can be found on tap. In 2017 the company expects to be expanding their reach of distribution. Do stay tuned.
Contact Info for Santa Cruz Cider Company
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/santacruzciderco/
Bivouac is slated to open in April of 2017. Look for a full service Tasting Room and Restaurant. It will be located in the North Park region of San Diego, just a 10 minute ride from the Airport.
Contact for Bivouac Cider
Note that Bivouac will be ramping up its website. For now you might find a fusion of the cider info and a bit of Mathew’s other passion…working out and outdoor adventure.
Bivouac just launced a KickStart campaign check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1572305384/bivouac-ciderworks-a-craft-cidery-in-san-diego-ca
Mentions in this chat:
Jeff’s Cider Recipes via BBC Food Recipes This link provides over 275 recipes for incorporating cider into your cooking.
Ask for the following 3 #CiderGoingUP Campaign cider supporters – By supporting these cider makers, you in turn help Ciderville.
Big Apple Hard Cider – NYC
Kurant Cider – Pennsylvania
Oliver’s Cider and Perry – Herefordshire/UK
Santa Cruz Cider Company – California
The Cider Project – California
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