We have partnered with the Certified Pommelier Education program of the American Cider Association to select ciders we have made and to chat about them with on Webinar December 8.
2021 Bridge Block is a field blend from the orchard we lease through the Land Conservancy. We fermented it with native yeast in a barrel. The land we are now farming is the ancestral home of the Chumash people. It resides in the flood plain of San Luis Obispo Creek. The majority of the trees are twenty year old Braeburn, with a scattering of Granny Smith and an as yet unidentified dark red apple with red streaking on the flesh that gets a purple cast when covered with native yeast (It's probably not an Arkansas Black). 2021 was the first year we farmed the orchard, when we didn't know how to turn on the irrigation, so we dry-farmed by default. We never tasted a better Braeburn apple.
2021 Yarlington Mill single varietal cider from Sierra Cider's orchard in Mariposa County. The apple was named for a mill where this apple was found growing in the village of Yarlington in Somerset county, England. Not surprisingly, that mill became a hot spot in the 1880s because the cider made their with this apple was so tasty. (Thanks to Darlene Hayes for this historical info, and read more about this apple in her Cidercraft Magazine article.) This apple has more tannin than the apples growing in our orchard so it is a great comparison.