Cider’s resurgence in this apple-growing state has been swift and strong. Plenty of Seattle bars have a local cider on tap, while others make it the main event, showcasing a new generation of local cider.
Capitol Cider (*818 E Pike St; capitolcider.com) dedicates most of its 30 taps to various cider styles by smaller producers from the Pacific Northwest to Spain. Drafts are usually a mix of everything from the friendly and accessible—say a cherry cider from Yakima’s Tieton Cider Works—to more acquired tastes like Britain’s dry scrumpy—a carbonated type of cider.
In the heart of Fremont, Schilling Cider House (708 N 34th St; schillingcider.com) is both a tap room for its own cider brand (the ginger version is a favorite) and a 32-tap cider bar, where you can create your own flights.
Another local cidermaker, Seattle Cider Company (4700 Ohio Ave S; seattlecidercompany.com) recently opened a tasting room in SoDo (shared with brewery Two Beers). It has games, like pool and foosball, and pours its classic dry and semi-sweet flagships, plus seasonal offerings like oaked maple cider or versions made with basil and mint.
At the new Number 6 Cider (945 Elliott Ave W, Ste 203; 6cider.com) in an industrial pocket of Interbay, groups sit around tables resembling massive log crosscuts and play Jenga while sipping a variety of in-house cider styles, from classic and apple-forward to creative versions flavored with black cherry or even cold-brew coffee.
Some of the city’s best beer bars have also become cider destinations: Chuck’s Hop Shop (656 NW 85th St and 2001 E Union St; chucks85th.com) in Greenwood and the Central District, The Pine Box (*1600 Melrose Ave; pineboxbar.com) in Capitol Hill, The Noble Fir (5316 Ballard Ave NW; thenoblefir.com) in Ballard, The Sixgill (3417 Evanston Ave N; thesixgill.com) in Fremont, and Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California Ave SW; beveridgeplacepub.com) in West Seattle. These spots offer plenty for both hop heads and apple lovers.
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