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What is Hard Cider?

Cider (/ˈsdər/ sy-dər) is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples.

The juice of any variety of apple can be used to make cider, but cider apples are best. The addition of sugar or extra fruit before a second fermentation increases the alcoholic content of the resulting beverage


What is Fermentation?

Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar to acids, gases, or alcohol. It occurs in yeast and bacteria, and also in oxygen-starved muscle cells, as in the case of lactic acid fermentation. Fermentation is also used more broadly to refer to the bulk growth of microorganisms on a growth medium, often with the goal of producing a specific chemical product. French microbiologist Louis Pasteur is often remembered for his insights into fermentation and its microbial causes. The science of fermentation is known as zymology.


What is Blending?

Blending is a common process in winemaking, it involves taking two unique wines whether that be single varietal or different fermentation or aging processes, and blending them to make one even more unique and amazingly delicious wine. Our blending process takes our ciders to a higher state of deliciousness.


Where can I get spoke+spy cider?

Our tasting room is currently the only place you can experience Spoke+Spy ciders, we are open on Saturdays from 12-5 and yes, we do plan on expanding our hours in the future as we scale up our cidermaking process and hire some fantastic cider people! We do not sell cider in cans or bottles, so for now if you want it to-go you will need to buy a 32oz growler in the tasting room. We do also plan on distributing our cider locally to bars and restaurants soon!


What are cider apples?

To quote our friends over at Cider School, "While a ‘cider apple’ could be any apple that ends up in a cider, it’s a bit more instructive to ask what a cider-specific apple variety is.  Cider-specific apples are, typically, those apple varieties that have been cultivated specifically for making into cider, and which have certain characteristics–high levels of acid, tannin, or sugar–which make them desirable for fermenting into cider. Also referred to as ‘spitters’ due to the astringency and bitterness imparted by their tannins, these apples are typically not desirable for eating (think of–or try!–the experience of biting into a crab apple straight off the tree as an example). But in a cider, they add color, body, mouthfeel, and–in the right proportion–balance to a cider that might otherwise be too thin, too sweet, or too one-dimensional in flavor."


What's the story with your cool building?

The story of this building starts in 1896 .. with the Keating Wheel Company, a bicycle manufacturer that became one of the first motor cycle manufacturers in the USA! The first all-electric factory in the USA with a power plant installed by Thomas Edison, that sounds pretty cool! Click over to the blog section of the site where we will post some more information about our buildings history.


Can I rent the Cidery?

If you are looking for a place to have a party or meeting we can definitely help you out!
contact Ronald@spokeandspy.com for more information!