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Heirloom Hard Cider

Heirloom Hard Cider  



Origin of NC2:  There was a boy named Neil Collins who grew up in the town of Bristol in the West Country of England which is very much cider country. Not murky apple juice cider, but the fermented version. When Neil moved to the central coast of California, he was disappointed to find none of the traditional beverage of his home, of which he had been known to partake on occasion. So in 1994, Neil began making small batches of cider from local apples under the Bristols name. Bristols Cider is a part of the Lone Madrone winery in Paso Robles, owned and operated by brother and sister Neil and Jackie, and Neil's wife Marci.  

          Meanwhile, another boy named Neil Collins was busy playing in the hills of coastal sage near his home in Southern California. Here, he developed an interest in plants and ecology and this turned into a passion for growing things. After college, he gravitated toward farming and his enthusiasm for organic heirloom apple trees flourished as he managed Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery in Northern California, continuing the tradition when the owners retired. The business was renamed to Trees of Antiquity and it is owned and operated by Neil and his wife Danielle in the wine (and cider!) country of Paso Robles.   

         It was only a matter of time that the two Neils would meet to blend their talents. We are excited to offer hard cider made from heirloom apples of the highest quality, sourced from local orchards up and down the coast of California. The ciders are from unique varieties of apples, fermented in different casks--retired bourbon casks, retired white wine barrels-- but most in stainless steel. All ciders are 100% apple juice and fermented on the native yeasts of the fruit. They are traditionally dry, elegant ciders, English style.  If you are looking for sweet, jolly rancher-like cider this may not fit the bill!


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