About Our Ciders
As a goal, we use apples and fruits grown in Ohio and we look forward to continued support of our current orchardists as well as adding orchardists to our contact list as we grow! Ciderhouse’s ciders are produced at West End Distillery by lead distiller and cider maker, aka Zymergist, Kelly Sauber. Currently, Ohio orchardists we purchase apples from are growing primarily eating varieties, including Melrose, Cortland, Fuji, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, multiple Reds, Winesap, Grimes, Jonathan and Jonagold, Pink Lady, McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu, Goldrush. We support efforts of current and potential orchardists to plant cider apple trees and look forward to producing quality single variety ciders in the future. Our main suppliers as of 2019-2020 are Hirsch Fruit Farm, Hugus Fruit Farm and Hidden Hills Orchard.
Along with our New World Modern Dry (Kelly’s Dry) and Semi-Sweet (B-Yard) Ciders, we also make many “Fruit Ciders”.
Staying with our “Grown in Ohio” values, we use fruits that are either farmed in Ohio or wild-harvested fruits from Ohio. These include Currant, Elderberry, Persimmon, Plum, Strawberry, Pawpaw, Raspberry, Pear, Blueberry, and Peach. These fruits have come from Integration Acres, Shade Winery, Chester Hill Produce Auction, Cherry Orchards, Wagner Fruit Farm and Hirsch Fruit Farm. We are always looking for new local fruits, so if anyone wants to harvest any Mulberries, Gooseberries, Serviceberry, miniature Kiwi and any other Ohio gown fruit, give us a call!
Another interesting line of ciders we produce falls into the “Spiced Cider” category.
These include our “Zingiber”, which is a refreshing Ginger/Lemon Cider, and our seasonal Winter Mulled Cider, for a warming winter treat. Spicebush is in the upcoming works.
Our Ciders range in sweetness levels including Dry, Semi-Dry, Medium, Semi-Sweet, and Sweet, to appeal to a range of palates. The carbonation levels also vary from Still, to Petillant, to Sparkling.
We do not filter our ciders. We feel that filtering disrupts the natural flavor and aroma of a cider by stripping out all the particles of goodness. In the same vein, we use no sulfites and no Potassium Sulfates, these preservatives affect flavor and are unnecessary since we serve locally and from draft only.