In the Summer of 2017, Shaun and Amy were asked to make cider for a friend’s wedding. Shaun had worked with hard cider at Hard Row to Hoe and was up for the challenge of making cider for a crowd.
Why not make a cider that employs the same methods that a fine wine does? And more specifically, a fine champagne? Using these ideas, Shaun crafted the first small batch of cider in the winter of 2017.
Madrone Cider works with Bellevue Farms, located on the Northern end of San Juan Island, for their local hard cider apples. These apples are used for special blends and single varietal Hard Ciders. Outside of Bellevue Farms, Madrone exclusively sources their apples from Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee. Only fresh, natural fruits and ingredients are used during production, to preserve the purity of flavor.
Cider should be appreciated for its acidity, depth of flavor, and food pairing capabilities.