Shed your preconceptions about cider
If you're looking for sweet, fizzy hard cider, we're sorry to disappoint! At Tilted Shed, we make mostly dry, tannic, complex, lightly effervescent ciders that defy most Americans' expectations. We love Old World farmhouse ciders made from traditional cider apples, particularly those from West Country (England) and Normandy (France), and our style reflects their rich heritage. Click here to learn more about our apple varieties.
Lower in alcohol than wine — and unlike beer, gluten-free — our ciders pair well with a wide range of foods. All our ciders are lightly carbonated and best enjoyed slightly chilled. 50 to 55 degrees, and even warmer, is the sweet spot for releasing our ciders’ aromatics and fruit notes.
We believe that cider can elevate the apple to greatness, and our mission is to craft ciders that are revelatory and sublime. Our biggest thrill is hearing a customer say, “Wow, I never knew cider could taste like this!” That's what we aim to do ... please let us know your experience!
January Barbecue Smoked Cider • 2012 Harvest • 8% ABV • 200 gallons produced • Release date: Jan. 15, 2013
Graviva! Semidry Cider • 2012 Harvest • 7% ABV • 400 gallons produced • Release date: May 1, 2013
Lost Orchard Dry Cider • 2012 Harvest • 8% ABV • 100 gallons produced • Release date: Sept. 1, 2013
Autumn-gold, bone-dry, tannic, savory, vinous, and lightly effervescent, Lost Orchard Dry Cider is reminiscent of Old World ciders, but also has its own distinct character that reflects the nuances of Sonoma County's climate and soil, as well as our love of acidity and tannin. This is a blend of several traditional cider and heirloom apple varieties from local "lost orchards" planted decades ago with high hopes but nearly forgotten since. Bittersweets (high tannin, low acidity) and bittersharps (high tannin, high acidity), including Nehou, Muscat de Bernay, Porter's Perfection, Tremlett's Bitter, and Kingston Black, provide structure, acidity, and a long finish.
Exceptionally food-friendly. Pair with pork, charcuterie, oysters, Dungeness crab, salmon, aged cheeses, and hearty fare. Serve at no colder than 55 degrees to heighten the aromatics and flavors.
Barred Rock Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cider • 2012 Harvest • 8.8% ABV • 400 gallons produced • Release date: Nov. 1, 2013
Cold weather calls for savory sippers, and Barred Rock is the perfect winter warmer. This aged cider is a blend of 100% fresh-pressed late-season Sonoma County organic heirloom apples — including Arkansas Black, Black Twig, and other varieties — half fermented in neutral oak barrels, then blended and aged for several months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This cider was fermented to dryness, no backsweetening, so your palate will experience all that the barrel aging has to offer, without any cloying effects. It's a plush, full-bodied cider with notes of vanilla, amaretto, and toasted marshmallow, its velvety mouthfeel brightened by a touch of acidity.
Wonderful on its own or with the cheese and dessert course of harvest and holiday dinners. Perfect with warm apple crisp and vanilla ice cream! Serve at no colder than 55 degrees; the more it warms up, the more delicious and richer it becomes!
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