Traditional cider is a naturally fermented beverage made from apple juice. It was THE drink for Americans from Revolutionary times until Prohibition. Montana CiderWorks honors 100 years of sustainable agriculture in Montana by offering exceptional English-style ciders crafted from Bitterroot Valley apples. Awards...
North Fork, Semi-Dry English Style Cider:
Golden, gently bubbly, with true cider flavor. Expressive bittersweet apple character with wood, grass & smoke notes; this semi-dry cider balances faintest sweetness against sharpness, astringency, and tart fruit. Alcohol 7% by volume. 750ml and 500ml bottles.
Our North Fork traditional cider received a Gold Medal in 2013 and a Silver Medal in 2015 at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.
The blend includes hard-to-find traditional cider apples & crab apples alongside Bitterroot Valley apples.
North Fork offers a clean, aromatic finish that enhances the flavor of savory foods. Pairs wonderfully with spicy (ethnic) foods, game bird dishes, and hor d’oeuvres with strong cheeses.
Darby Pub Cider, Semi-Dry New World Style Cider: An approachable, effervescent cider made for sharing with friends. By coaxing subtle flavors from a blend of Bitterroot Valley apples through a gentle fermentation process, then adding back a bit of sweet juice, we created a fruit-forward experience perfect for drinking anytime. Appley with wood, spice & Mac notes; a medium semi-dry cider. Alcohol 5% by volume. 500ml bottles.
Our Darby Pub Cider was awarded Silver Medals at the 2014 Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition and at the Northwest Cider Awards. SIP Northwest magazine awarded it Best Traditional Apple Cider, 2014. In 2013 it received a Gold Medal and Best of Show Honorable Mention at the Portland International Cider Cup.
The crisp clean flavor of Darby Pub Cider is a prefect complement to light fare, and a wonderful après de lawn mowing refreshment.
McIntosh, Medium Sweet Single Variety Cider :
Our McIntosh cider features Bitterroot Valley apples, long considered the world’s finest growing region for this heirloom cider apple. It is here this fruit fully develops its characteristic flavor and floral aroma. The intensely flavorful juice ferments to a medium- sweet cider that is both fruity & tart with a note of cinnamon. Alcohol 6% by volume. 500ml bottles.
McIntosh earned a Silver medal at the 2015 Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. SIP Northwest magazine awarded it Best Varietal Cider in 2014 & 2015.
Delightful on its own or paired with grilled pork or poultry.
Small-Batch - Spartan Dry-Style; Limited Release, Single Variety Cider :
Spartan Dry-Style is very different from our other ciders because it’s dry… crisp, green and herbaceous. It is reminiscent of Northern Italy’s Sauvignon Blanc; piercingly clean with racy flavors. Green apple, zesty-citrus and white peach flavors with subtle herbaceous notes like gooseberry and lemon grass. Oak-aging rounds out its flavor profile with vanilla and pie crust notes. The cider will show its best flavor after a year or so in the bottle. Alcohol 5.5% by volume. 500ml bottles.
The Spartan apple was long thought to be a cross between 'McIntosh' and 'Newtown Pippin', but recent analysis shows 'Newtown Pippin' was not one of the parents. Its identity remains a mystery. The Spartans in this cider were harvested from low-input/low-yielding Montana orchards.
Spartan Dry-Style with its herbaceous notes pairs well with similar green herbs. The cider’s acidity shines with rich bases. Try a cucumber salad dressed with yogurt-dill sauce or the classic pairing of Crottin de Chavignol with a glass of Spartan Dry-Style.
Small Batch - Newtown Pippin (sold out): This was our first production of limited release ciders featuring a single variety. Newtown Pippin is an heirloom variety widely grown and praised in colonial America. Thomas Jefferson wrote from Paris “they have no apples here to compare with our Newtown Pippin”. This crisp and refreshing cider with classic earthiness and tangerine notes is perfect anytime.