Updated: Nov 17, 2018
We're coming to you from Northern California today, where we're tasting a flight of local ciders at Slice of Humboldt Pie, an empanada/cider bar in Arcata. Winter is definitely settling in at home in Minnesota, so what better place to be than the West Coast? Not only is it warmer here, we have access to a multitude of unique styles and flavors we can't get at home. Case in point are the ciders from Wrangletown Cider Company, another Arcata business.
We first encountered Wrangletown last year on our trip to Arcata, so it's fun to see what they're up to this year.
Pat Knittel is the force behind this line of ciders, produced entirely of Northern California-grown heirloom, culinary and cider apples. Aside from the cider itself being a stand-out product, the label is amazing.
As we continue to learn more about cider, and try new ciders whenever we get the chance, I'm heartened to encounter other women in the industry who are developing this classic drink into something for a new audience. Although the process of making cider is new to me, I feel certain that the long line of home preservationists and fermenters who have taught me a thing or two have given me a good foundation for learning a new set of craft skills.