Hard Cider tasting in San Luis Obispo County
–Looking for a sweet and bubbly alternative to traditional beer and wine tasting on the Central Coast? Hard Cider is trending and new cider breweries are popping up throughout the county. The local region is perfect for producing excellent apples which create crisp, clean and delicious hard cider. Local beer and wine experts are branching out and finding hard cider is just as fun to make. We’ve complied a list of the best hard cider tasting spots and companies throughout San Luis Obispo County, check them out below:
The Pour House – Paso Robles
The Pour House is committed to providing it’s patrons with an exceptional beer and hard cider inspired experience. With 21 taps and an outstanding collection of specialty bottles, one is sure to find something to satisfy their tastes. Local cider and wines are available for those looking for something a little different.
525 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 805-239-1000
Tin City Cider Company – Paso Robles
Tin City Cider is 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.
3005-A Limestone Way Paso Robles, CA (805) 293-6349
Bristol’s Hard Cider – Atascadero
All ciders are 100-percent apple juice and fermented on the native yeasts of the fruit. 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 from locally grown apples. Bristols Cider is a part of the Lone Madrone winery, owned and operated by brother and sister Neil and Jackie and Neil’s wife Marci. Jackie and Neil grew up the town of Bristol in the West Country of England which is very much cider country.
3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA (805) 400-5293
Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo
Nestled among apple orchards in the heart of See Canyon, Kelsey See Canyon winery is minutes from Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean – a short drive through one of the most beautiful areas in San Luis Obispo County. Their hard cider is created with unique apple-grape blend producing a light and refreshing taste.
1947 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA (805) 595-9700
Other locally produced ciders – try these at local restaurants and bars!
Reef Points Hard Cider – Paso Robles
Reef Points is a small producer of hard cider located on the central coast of California. It is a creative vision shaped by adventure and travel on the high seas. Their ciders are made from apples harvested from family owned orchards in Watsonville and Paso Robles, Calif. All of Reef Points labels, packaging design and imagery are originally conceptualized and designed.
Scar of the Sea – Paso Robles
These wines and ciders made by Scar of the Sea are crafted with minimal manipulation. Balance is achieved through working directly with growers at carefully selected vineyard sites, and the wines ultimately show where they are grown. All the vineyards and orchards are influenced by the sea, with maritime soils, and climates, producing wines and ciders that are unique to the Central Coast of California.
Jean Marie Cidery – Paso Robles
It all started with a spontaneous trip to Big Sur, in the mountains of California overlooking the pristine Pacific Ocean. Connor shared his dream of starting a cider company, and with Branden’s business sense the two came together amongst the gorgeous scenery of Big Sur to make said dream become a reality. Bottle conditioned, dynamic and unique.