There is no doubt that Paso Robles has some of the finest wines in the world. Yet, if you’re looking for a little break from the many wine tasting and craft beer opportunities in Central California, the area has a rich abundance of hard cider tastings as well.
Central California’s prime growing climate has made the area’s local wine and craft beer industries boom. Now, these experts are expanding their crafting and growing creativities by finding hard cider fun to make.
Here are some of the Paso Robles area’s cider companies:
- The Pour House: The Pour House has a total of 21 taps and an impressive collection of specialty bottles. For those looking for a unique blend, there are local cider and wines are available.
- Tin City Cider Company: Tin City Cider has been created through a collaboration between winemakers: Curt Schalchlin, Mikey Giugni, and Andrew Jones. Curt, owner and vintner of the heralded winery, Sans Liege, is known for his critically acclaimed Rhone varietal wines. Mikey’s fascination in wine and the ocean resulted in his winery and cidery, Scar of the Sea, which emphasizes where the grapes and apples are grown. Andrew, winemaker of Field Recordings spends his days planning and planting vineyards and has stood foot in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast. Together, they produce Tin City Cider, a carefully crafted cider made with the best California apples.
- Bristol’s Hard Cider: This venue’s ciders are 100-percent apple juice and fermented on the native yeasts of the apple. Ciders are fermented in different casks: some in retired Bourbon casks, some in retired white wine barrels, but most in stainless steel. Small batch ciders are made from locally grown apples. Bristol’s Hard Cider is a part of the Lone Madrone winery, which is owned and operated by Neil and Jackie. The brother-sister duo grew up the town of Bristol in the West Country of England, which is certainly cider country.
- Kelsey See Canyon: Kelsey See Canyon rests in the heart of apple orchards in See Canyon, making their cider natural and fresh.
There are also other locally made ciders that the area’s restaurants and bars carry. Check out these local cider brands:
- Reef Points Hard Cider: This small production of ciders is made from apples harvested from family owned orchards in Watsonville and Paso Robles, California.
- Scar of the Sea: Scar of the Sea’s ciders are made very naturally with great influence from the sea. Their orchards have maritime soils and climates, producing wines and ciders that are unique to the Central Coast of California.
- Jean Marie Cidery: The cider company has roots from the dreamy sceneries of the Big Sur.