Shed your preconceptions about cider
If you're looking for cider that tastes like Tree Top apple juice spiked with vodka, you'll want to look elsewhere! At Tilted Shed, we make mostly dry, tannic, nuanced, lean ciders that defy most Americans' expectations. We love Old World-style ciders made from traditional cider apples, and our style reflects their rich heritage but with a decidedly Californian edge. 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!
Note: Our ciders take up to one year to ferment and age, so they are released at different times of the year. You likely will not find all ciders at the same time, nor at every location. In general, look for January Barbecue Smoked Cider in early winter; Graviva! Semidry Cider in late spring; Lost Orchard Dry Cider in late summer; and Barred Rock Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cider in mid-fall.
NOTE: WE MAKE HARD CIDER. CONTAINS ALCOHOL. YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO BUY OUR CONSUME OUR PRODUCTS.
Barred Rock Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cider • 2012 Harvest • 8.8% ABV • 400 gallons • Release date: Nov. 1, 2013
January Barbecue Smoked Cider • 2013 Harvest • 7.5% ABV • 400 gallons • Release date: Feb. 15, 2014
Black Pig Smoked Cider • 2013 Harvest • 7.5% ABV • 25 gallons • Release date: March 5, 2014 • Only at Zazu
Graviva! Semidry Cider • 2013 Harvest • 7% ABV • 1200 gallons • Release date: May 1, 2014
Lost Orchard Dry Cider • 2013 Harvest • 8% ABV • 100 gallons • Release date: Sept. 1, 2014
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.
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