It’s always exciting to discover an estate cidery; a place where the apples are grown, picked and make into cider righ there next to the vineyard. Alpenfire, located on Olympic Peninsula outside the small town of Port Townsend is just such a cidery.
Somewhere around 1,000 apple trees form the backbone of the Alpenfire orchard. They are primarily English and French bittersweet apple varieties with some American heirloom and perry pear tries planted most recently. The Alpenfire crew claims to produce Washington’s only Organic hard cider. Whether or not that is true, it’s a fact that their orchard and production facility have been certified organic.
The Cider Journal’s first venture into the Alpenfire line-up proved to be very enjoyable. The three ciders we tasted and reviewed (reviews linked below) all show a remarkable and consistent purity of ripe (note cooked, not sour) apple aromas and flavors.
Alpenfire makes at least 8 different ciders, ranging from smoked barrel-aged cider and an amber-colored single variety Hidden Rose Cider to Semi Sweets and ultra dry ciders. We look forward to sampling the rest of the Alpenfire line up. If they are as good as the three reviewed above, we are looking at one of the best cideries we’ve yet encountered in Washington State…and that’s saying something.
AlpenFire — Port Townsend, Washington