Founded in August 2020 by CEO Caitlin Braam and crafted by Head Cidermaker Monique Tribble, Yonder Cider makes savory, subtly sweet and high ABV ciders in Wenatchee with a taproom in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, which is shared with Bale Breaker Brewing from the Yakima Valley. Crafted using a blend of bittersweet cider apples and juicy dessert apples, Yonder ciders are hardly simple, and never straightforward, but you can always count on them being interesting. “Cidermaking is a playground of the pretty and the ugly, the bitter and the sweet: It’s never a one-note song when done well, says Braam. “Our apples reflect the striking, complex terroir of Washington’s apple country — from juicy dessert fruit to biting, spirited cider varieties. Simply put, apples contain contradictions. And it’s when we follow their every wild and quiet possibility, and seek out juxtapositions of flavor, that we find our most delicious end result.” Stop by Peaks & Pints for an in-house flight of Yonder Cider that we’re calling Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Yonder Cidery.
Peaks and Pints Monday Cider Flight: Yonder Cidery
When the scents and colors of Mexico become pure flavor, it means you’re drinking Agua Fresca from Oaxaca. This popular Mexican drink can be made with a variety of ingredients such as fresh fruit, coconut, horchata, and chili liqueur mixed with mezcal. Inspired by the mezcal cocktails of Oaxaca, Yonder’s Coulee brings notes of juicy tropical fruit and bright citrus with hints of coconut, subtle spice, and a light tannin finish.
Palisades cider is a blend Fuji, Honeycrisp, Roxbury Russet, Dabinett, various red fleshed apples and Pacific Northwest blackberries, all of which is supported by an herbal hint of sage. The semi-sweet cider pours a clear ruby red with heavy carbonation. Moderate to strong berry hits the nose, followed by strong tart berry flavor with a hint of sage in the finish.
Inspired by a vermouth enjoyed at one of Caitlin Braam’s favorite California wineries, Scribe Winery, Mazama brings bright botanicals together with orange peel and a subtle pear finish for a cider unlike any other. Made with their base apple blend, Yonder adds Winesap and Marie Menard apples to enhance the citrusy aroma and give a pop to the finish of this springtime seasonal.
Yonder’s winter seasonal Cashmere is inspired by one of Yonder founder Caitlin Braam’s favorite cocktails, the Negroni. Made with tart cranberry, dark cherry and a hint of bitter orange, Cashmere hits the nose with orange peel and berry, pairing beautifully with notes from one of her favorite cider apples, Ashmead’s Kernel.
Yonder grabbed their Negroni-inspired winter seasonal — Cashmere — and blended it with Fast Penny Spirits’ Amaricano amaro to create Velvet Cashmere. Tart with notes of cranberry, dark cherry and bitter orange, the addition of amaro brings a beautiful richness to this cocktail-like creation. Aromas of toasted sugar and dark fruit shine through while hints of truffle, vanilla bean and Mexican chocolate mingle with a savory bitterness.