Summer Switchel Cider

Just this week we delivered our first kegs of Summer Switchel Cider. You will be able to find it first at Three Magnets Brewing Co., Schilling Cider House, The Eastside Club Tavern, and Gravity Beer Market.

It's pouring right at Three Magnets, and Eastside is soon to follow today or tomorrow, the rest will add them to their rotations as they get to them but you certainly request it..

Our Summer Switchel Cider is made with a cider base fermented from 100% Gravenstein Apples. Akin to a cider shrub it is full flavored, crisp and refreshing, and sweet, sour, and a little spicy all at once, and finishes clean. Best of all at only 4.6% abv you can drink enough Switchel to cool down and beat the Summer heat. If you like Cider, Sour Beer, Radlers, Shrub or Shandys you are sure to enjoy Whitewood Cider Co.’s Summer Switchel Cider.

A bit about Switchel: Switchel’s history in Colonial America is nearly as old as Cider. During the 1600’s it was a very popular thirst quenching summer drink. Switchel soon became the traditional drink to serve farmers during harvest earning the nickname Haymaker’s Punch. Most often Switchel was made using water, cider vinegar, ginger, and any number of regional sweetener ingredients, however recipes also existed that called for a base of good cider.

Reviving those traditions Whitewood Cider is excited to offer you a delightfully refreshing, thirst quenching, new/old Summer favorite.


Sunday Afternoon Tasting at Dillinger's in Oly.

This Sunday March 23rd and again on March 30th from 2-3 our one and only Heather Ringwood will be guiding tastes of Whitewood Cider flights.

She'll be taking folks through our brand new Gravenstein Single Varietal (2012 Harvest), local hero and favorite South Sounder (2012 Harvest) made entirely from apples found in South Puget Sound, and this year's flagship blend Northland Traditional (2012 Harvest) made from 100% traditional European cider varieties.

Chef Lela is pairing the ciders with delectable small bites. Best of all the 4th taste of the flight is a sample of ice cream made with our Northland Traditional. Come on by say hi, taste a bit and learn a little about Whitewood Cider Co. from Heather.

These ciders will soon be gone... Especially the South Sounder and Gravenstein. Get a taste and talk with the source. You can read more about our ciders below.


Old Fangled Series - 2012 Harvest Single Variety Heirloom Cider from Gravenstein apples grown in Washington State. ~ 6.7%

Our Gravenstein Single Varietal is a brilliantly clear pale straw, the aroma is a straight forward very clean citrus. The flavors we are getting are also clean, crisp, and very dry with notes of Meyer lemon, grapefruit, under-ripe satsuma oranges, and sharp green apple. There are some similarities to the Old Fangled Blend as "the Grav" contributed heavily to it, however it is different and we've bottled a good deal drier too.


Made from 100% traditional cider apple varieties ~ 6.8% ABV

Our Northland Traditional Blend is traditional as it gets. European cider apple varieties blended at the press, fermented through the winter, racked, blended again and matured into early Summer. Lightly back-sweetened for balance and bring out fruitiness.

Floral spicy sweet nose, with strong characteristics of sweet apple, stone fruit, ripe orange and a tropical fruit acidity and wine-like tannic/bitter notes balanced with a crisp clean finish.


South Puget Sound Grown & Made ~ 6.5% ABV. Made with 100% community grown apples provided by farms and friends of South Puget Sound.

South Sounder is as native to South Puget Sound as it gets. This unique cider experiment is made from 100% locally sourced apples from our friends and farms in and around Olympia and the South Sound.

Our 2012 South Sounder blend exhibits flavors of apricot, green grape, with a tannic bite and bitter spiciness provided by Oly's antique heirloom apple selection, the South Sounder blend finishes clean with a ripe meyer lemon acidity set against a light yet rich fig-like sweetness.