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Swan Valley ciders

27 November 2018

By Rachel Seeley

In a region best known for its award-winning wineries, talented brewers are setting a new benchmark for delicious and innovative ciders. A handful of venues across the Swan Valley are producing top quality brews known for their approachable, fun and refreshing taste.

At Funk Cider, two young country guys are on a mission to show Perth just how awesome cider can be. Dustin and Martin Michael began making cold pressed juices at their family farm in 2012 before branching out into unpasteurised, sulphite-free ciders as an alternative to commercial brands.

 

At Funk, you’ll really be able to taste the difference in their natural, preservative-free, wild fermented and fruit infused ciders – they’re vibrant and juicy, and fresher than any cider you’ve ever had before.

Funk’s seasonal line-up includes all-time favourites like the sparkling sweet pineapple cider and the punchy, tangy passionfruit cider. For something a little more unique, there’s Sex Machine – aged in French oak for a smooth vanilla finish; and James Brown – made with five varieties of apples and fermented with a funky yeast for a complex, balanced flavour.

If you love a classic cider that tastes just like juicy apples, you’ll want to head to Oakover Grounds. Their Sidekick cider is made from local apples and hits that ideal note between sweet and dry. Relax in their picturesque surrounds and enjoy a freshly poured pint, as this cider is only available on tap.

Mash Brewing has been pouring craft creations since 2006, delivering on their promise of super fresh frothies. Their Bad Adams Cider is a wonderfully tasty creation – clean, crisp and clear with a refreshing medium finish.

At the beautiful Fig Tree Estate, you can try an easy-drinking boutique style pink lady apple cider. Winemaker Lloyd Jenkins has been producing wines in the Swan Valley for more than seven years, and now counts this popular cider among their favourites.

 

Made from fresh southwest apples, the small batch cider is crushed, basket pressed and fermented manually, with no additives. This means no sweeteners or flavours, just a sparkling all-natural cider that smells and tastes like the freshest fruit.

Sourcing apples from the region gives Homestead Brewery’s cider a fantastic flavour. Pressed just days before the fermenting process begins, the result is a clean and crisp brew. The variety of apples selected varies throughout the seasons, for a subtle difference in flavour depending on when you visit.

Sweet tooths will be in heaven at Ironbark Brewery, where their rich and indulgent salted caramel cider is incredibly popular.

 

Brewer Graeme White has been in the business since 2009, and takes an experimental approach to crafting unique flavours. Taste your way through Ironbark’s seasonal favourites like mango, passionfruit, and watermelon, then try some of the more out of the box creations – like desert lime cider, made with boiled and mashed desert limes from a local farm; or the intriguing Shiraz cider, made with concentrated Shiraz grapes.

Whether you’re after a classic juicy apple cider, or an innovative flavour experience, these craft brewers in the Swan Valley will capture your tastebuds with their unique and refreshing ciders.