The first batch of Anthem Cider was kegged March 10, 2010 on the belief that we at Wandering Aengus Ciderworks can make a great draft cider without comprise.
So what is a great draft cider without comprise? Basically, it is a cider made the way people expect a cider to be made; starting with actual apples, pressing them, and fermenting the fresh juice only days after. This simple and traditional process done well (our main goal) creates a cider with the dominant character of fermented apple and the tart background of the apple’s naturally occurring malic acid.
Since the character of apples vary widely between varieties, harvests, terroir, and keeping, our cidermaking is geared to accent those differences, not hide them. We hope you and your palate learn to appreciate and savor the diversity. By staying true to traditional forms of cidermaking and true to the character of a cider made traditionally, we believe we will be true to your expectations of what cider is and should be. With all those trues packed into that sentence, here is some more truth:
- We know the varieties of the apples (and other fruits and hops) we use and list them on every bottle and keg.
- We select apples varieties that ferment well from the common apples you know such as Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji, and Golden Delicious. The local availability of specific varieties varies throughout the year as will the apples we use in each batch of cider and thus the resulting flavor profile.
- We know where our apples, pears, cherries, and hops are grown (only Oregon and Washington) and if available and within our budget we choose organically grown.