Cider or Hard Cider

Cider or Hard Cider

2/12/2016  By Erin Marinan


Cider or “Hard Cider” is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation of apple juice.  This beverage has become extremely popular so much so that according to the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, cider production rose from 1.2 million gallons in 2010 to 2.5 million gallons in 2011.  In Washington State alone there was nearly two hundred thousand gallons of cider produced in 2011.  Those numbers are even higher today, which is why Northwest Naturals has done development work in this area. 

Northwest Naturals now has available two variety apple concentrates specific for cider.  Heritage-Style fermenting juice and Finishing-Style juice

The heritage style is processed in a way to increase the concentrations of tannins already present in the apples.  Our Finishing style is a special crafted blend of apples that are picked at the peak of harvest and processed in a way to capture the fresh, crisp apple flavor consumer have come to expect.

Different varieties of apples make for better ciders.  Our two cider concentrates use a blend of predominantly Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples.  Varietals can also vary in tannins and sweetness levels that will effect your finished cider.  This becomes important when selecting whether to make a sweet or dry cider.  The addition of sugar and/or other fruit and flavors added before a second fermentation, can increase the alcohol content.  This addition can also be added as infusions before filtering and carbonation after fermentation.

Northwest Naturals has formulated a variety of flavor combinations that are currently being used as “infusions” to ciders.  These infusions are added to your cider base to provide flavor, aroma and color.  Most of our blends are used at 2-5% by volume after fermentation but before filtering. 

Blends available include:

  • Apple Pie Type
  • Asian Pear Type
  • Pear Cider Type
  • Pumpkin Pie Type
  • Jalapeno Lime Cilantro Type
  • Blood Orange Blend
  • Rhubarb Spice Blend
  • Ginger

If your looking for quality apple juice concentrate to enhance your cider or a blend for a infused flavor the Northwest Naturals product development team can help.  Explore our product list to generate some ideas or contact our customer service and/or the sales team for a conversation on how we can help you maximize your product's flavor potential.