Alpenfire Cider • Port Townsend, WA

Our March CIDRBOX was curated by Alpenfire Cider in Port Townsend, Washington and shipped direct from their organic orchard and cidery on the Olympic Peninsula


Join us for a cider session with the Bishops of Alpenfire Organic Hard Cider »

The west’s first certified organic cidery, growing old world cider apples since 2003

Cidermakers Steve "Bear" and Nancy Bishop

Port Townsend, Washington

48.0824046, -122.878284

As Washington state natives who grew up a short ferry ride away from the Canadian border, the Bishops—Nancy and Steve (known as Bear to his friends)—were introduced to cider by their neighbors to the North. 

In 2001 they toured the cider countries of Europe to learn more about traditional production methods and discovered that many cideries were producing on a small scale, driven by family orchards. This was perfectly suited to what they had in mind. 

And they learned something else, equally important: That true cider apples were key to producing the cider they loved to drink. A hard cider rich in tannins, lively acids, and aromatics that, when properly fermented, allowed the flavor of the fruit to shine through.   

After studying with renowned UK cider producer and educator Peter Mitchell, Nancy and Bear invested in 900 French and English cider apple trees and laid down their first orchard acreage near the town of Port Townsend, just opposite Seattle on the other side of the Puget Sound. The Bishops committed to organic orcharding practices at the outset, and in 2007 Alpenfire became the first certified organic cidery in the Pacific Northwest.   

Today the cider varieties that the Bishops planted in the early 2000s continue to thrive in the low nitrogen, bare bones soil of the Olympic Peninsula where they grow their Dabinett, Foxwhelp, Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black, Brown Snout, Vilberie, Muscadet de Dieppe and other heirloom apples. In recent years they have also laid in early American Varieties and five types of Perry Pear trees. 

From this fruit has emerged a line of cider varieties named after the wildfires that Bear and his son Philipe once battled as Wildland fire fighters, or Hotshots, across the US, and which gave birth to the cidery’s name: Alpenfire. We look forward to sharing Alpenfire’s award winning, organic American heritage cider with you in March. Expect delivery of your cidrbox the week of March 20th.  

outside the box

In March we're also featuring Alpenfire Pirate's Plank Bone Dry Organic Cider outside the box for only $10 per 500ml bottle—a rare cider at a rare price. 

Expect delivery the week of March 20th—orders close soon, or as soon as it sells out.