It’s practically every day that we hear of a new craft beer hitting store shelves, so it’s nice to see that craft cider is making a big entrance with a new cider made from 100% Okanagan fruit.
The folks over at BC Tree Fruits, an 80 year old, 500+ co-operative of fruit growers based in BC’s Okanagan are responsible for most of the local apples, cherries, nectarines and pears found in produce aisles across Canada. With no small amount of work on their plate, they’ve decided it’s time to enter the cider game.
Enter BC Tree Fruits Cider Co., a venture that has been years in the works. This new company includes a partnership with wine and cider master Bertus Albertyn, a labour intensive recipe process, many taste tests and the build out of the in-house processing and bottling plant in Kelowna, BC.
The result will be their first cider offering titled Broken Ladder. It’s made of a secret blend of 6 different local apple varieties all picked from their Okanagan orchards. Nothing else. The results is a balanced, golden coloured cider with no added sugar or additives.
“The hard cider category is one of the fastest growing in the beverage sector,” shares Chris Pollock, Marketing Manger, BC Tree Fruits. “We are an authentic homegrown producer – apples are locally handpicked and pressed right in our own cidery, resulting in a premium cider.”
“We wanted to look at making a cider the same way you would a wine,” explains BC Tree Fruits Cider Company Project Manager, Mike Daley. “We envisioned a cider true to its natural form. The taste is as real as it gets.”
Broken Ladder will soon be available to the public with the first batches currently being packaged and shipped to BC Liquor store shelves, private cold beer and wine stores and select pubs and restaurants. Starting April 1st we’ll all get a chance to taste what this new recipe has in store.