Cideries & Meaderies

The cider revolution has hit the Inland Northwest with full force

Co-owner Neal Hennessy shows off bottles of One Tree’s hard cider. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
Co-owner Neal Hennessy shows off bottles of One Tree’s hard cider.

Hierophant Meadery Their journey as herbalists led Jeremy and Michelle Kyncl's founding of Hierophant Meadery, which brews session meads based on whatever's flowering — elderberry, raspberry, peach, rose hip — in nearby Green Bluff. The dry, lightly hopped result might then be infused with such things as chamomile, lemon balm, cardamom or vanilla.  16602 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. , Mead, Wash. • 294-0134

Liberty Ciderworks With the distinction as the first Spokane cider taphouse, Liberty Ciderworks has gained a steady following for their American and English-style cider. Their downtown tasting room is a favorite stop on First Fridays, and their cider appreciation classes are a tasty way to learn about cider styles, flavor components, tasting etiquette and more.  164 S. Washington St. , Spokane, Wash. • 321-1893

North Idaho Cider After several months of world travel, Greg and Mara Thorhaug returned to Greg's native Idaho with a love of all things cider. Their North Idaho Cider blends old world appreciation with new world know-how. Renaissance, for example, gets its complexity from more than 25 varieties of Idaho-grown cider apples, while Lake City reflects the trend towards dry, hoppier styles.  11100 N. Airport Rd., #5 and #6, Hayden, Idaho • 208-818-7798

One Tree Hard Cider If you love cider with bold flavors, the fast-growing One Tree Hard Cider has a few options that could do the trick, from their bombastic Cranberry cider to the Lemon Basil, which is just as sweet and delicious as it sounds. Along with seasonal specials like Huckleberry or Strawberry Mint, One Tree has an ever-growing line of cider, easily found throughout the area on store shelves or on tap. Or just stop by their Spokane Valley tasting room and sample what's new.  9514 E. Montgomery Ave. #25, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 315-9856

Summit Cider When they first opened in 2015, the demand for their two primary ciders nearly outpaced their output. Now available at a growing list of area restaurants — Bardenay, Crafted, Enoteca, and Seasons among them — Summit Cider continues to add to their line with Tomahawk and Hop Peak.  3884 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-590-7475

Twilight Cider Works Located amidst the apple orchards of Green Bluff, Twilight Cider Works makes crisp, well-balanced ciders that are a refreshing alternative to the overly sweet, mass-produced ciders you'll find on grocery shelves. The Inland Empire pairs well with barbecued fare, or pour their New Traditions as an alternative to Champagne the next time you have company over for dinner. Seasonal offerings like Seasonal Peach take advantage of what's fresh and in season.  18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. , Mead, Wash. • 570-8748

Whiskey Barrel Cider Co.  Using apples grown in the Columbia River Valley, Whiskey Barrel makes hard ciders ranging from semisweet Dam Hard Cider to the potent, whiskey-barrel-aged Whiskey Cider. Toss in a couple of seasonal brews and a tasting room that also serves personal pizzas and other light fare, and you have yet another reason to love Pullman.  588 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman, Wash. • 509-339-6102

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