Bull City Ciderworks Hike – done by Ryan Bogard
We cut down a tree every year for Christmas. We head up to Lee’s Trees in West Jefferson, NC, hike up the mountain to pick the perfect tree, chop one down, carry down the mountain side, load it up and head back. This year after trimming the tree we had a lot of branches that we would normally toss into the woods, so we decided to make a spruce cider. The tips of the spruce branches were trimmed and steeped inside the Brite Tank.
The cider consists of 100% North Carolina apples from Perry Lowe Orchards in Wilkesboro, NC. The apples used in this cider (Spruce Bringsteen) were Staymen Winesap, Pink Lady, Fuji, Golden Delicious and Limbertwig. After fermentation and filtration, the tips of branches from the Christmas tree were added to the Brite tank and steeped for 5 days. The cider was then coarse filtered inline to keg. The flavor is herbaceous and refreshing with citrus notes. The needles from the tree have very high levels of Vitamin C which contribute to the citrus flavor.