The farmers of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative have been growing fruit in the Okanagan for more than 100 years, so it only makes sense that when they took those centuries of knowledge into the cider business the result was truly special.
What began as one apple cider in 2014 has since expanded to three distinct varieties: Broken Ladder Apples, Broken Ladder Apples & Hops, and Broken Ladder Pears & Peaches.
The industry has taken notice, and the cooperative’s ciders have won dozens of awards across North America.
But BC Tree Fruits is, of course, deeply rooted in the Okanagan. That’s why the cooperative has now found a way to give locals a special sneak peek at its newest creations.
As the cooperative’s Shannon Forgues explains, BC Tree Fruits’ Kelowna tasting room offerings have been expanded. It now boasts a whopping eight taps, allowing it to offer exclusive selections from its small-batch, cider-makers’ select series for both tastings and growler fills.
“The cider makers have been set loose and given free reign to play with new recipes, and they are creating some uncommonly delicious ciders,” Forgues says.
Visitors to the tasting bar, at 880 Vaughan Ave. in Kelowna’s north end, now have a chance to discover ciders like the surprise hit Rose, Hibiscus, Double Hopped and others, including the soon-to-be-released Juniper. Every variety on tap is available for growler fills, a convenient way to take home freshly tapped cider. Growlers are available for purchase in the tasting bar in one- or two-litre sizes, or cider lovers can bring in their own growlers.
“People are loving the fact that they can come in and fill their growlers and choose from not only the three core ciders but also a selection of our select series,” Forgues says.
While the three core Broken Ladder ciders are available in four-packs at liquor stores across the province and Alberta, the cider makers’ select varieties are the only ones available at the tasting room.
The small-batch ciders keep to the BC Tree Fruits philosophy. They’re made right on site at the Vaughan Street cidery, using 100 per cent Okanagan fruit.
“BC Tree Fruit ciders are truly orchard to glass,” Forgues says. “They’re free of added water, sugars, colours and artificial flavours, so people know they’re getting something both pure and delicious.”
She adds: “Our cider makers are so excited to share their new blends, but they are made in small batches and supplies are limited, so we encourage cider lovers to stop by frequently and to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @BCTFCider to learn about upcoming releases.”
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