Bristols Cider is a part of the Lone Madrone winery, owned and operated by brother and sister Neil and Jackie and Neil's wife Marci. Jackie and Neil grew up the town of Bristol in the West Country of England which is very much cider country. We are not talking murky apple juice here but the fermented version.
When Neil moved to California he was disappointed to find none of the traditional beverage of his home, of which he had been known to partake on occasion. So in 1994 Neil began making small batches of cider from local apples under the Bristols name. Since that time it has evolved into a small line up of ciders. These ciders are all from select varieties of local apples, primarily from See Canyon and Paso Robles, although we have played with fruit from Oregon. All ciders are 100% apple juice and fermented on the native yeasts of the fruit. We ferment different ciders in different casks, some in retired Bourbon casks some in retired white wine barrels but most in stainless steel.
Bristols can be found on draft at a number of the central coast's finest watering holes and select restaurants. The more obscure and quirky bottlings are to be found when available at Bristols Cider House only. If you have the passion it will be worth the trip!
BRISTOLS CIDER FEATURES UNIQUE ARTISAN HARD CIDERS
Crafted from a variety of local apples including Ida Red, Braeburn, and Granny Smith, Bristols Original is our flagship cider. Mostly dry but slightly sweet, this is our best seller and a favorite of many.
New to the Bristols line up in 2014, Brigstock is a slightly sweeter version of our ever popular Bristols Original.
Granny smith apples are fermented until dry and then meet Golding, Fuggles, and Belma hops to create the Barti Ddu. This cider is crisp and refreshing on the palate with a hoppy finish.
Another of our dry hopped ciders, the Rackham is made with Braeburn apples which meet Belma, Citra and Amarillo hops during fermentation to give this cider the distinct aroma of an IPA and flavor of citrus.
Named after the famous female pirate Anne Bonny, this cider is heavy on flavor and bursting with personality. Made with a single varietal of apple, Granny Smith, Anne Bonny is the result of aging apple cider in bourbon casks for a minimum of two months. The result is a bright and tart beginning and a finish perfect for any bourbon fan.
A traditional offering found in many cider houses in Western England, Scrumpy is often unfiltered, still rather than carbonated, and more tannic than other ciders. Ours is crafted from Braeburn apples and features that signature earthy flavor of a scrumpy. Scrumpy was often featured in the songs of The Wurzels, a folk/comedy/country group from South West England, especially in the song "I Am A Cider Drinker", and the song "Drink up ye Zider".
This semi-dry cider is produced from 100% Gravenstein apples sourced from the steep hillside of the Changala vineyard on the West side of Paso Robles.
Fruit and vegetable collide to create the Mangelwurzel, a combination of Granny Smith apples and organic Bull's Blood beets. The resulting cider is light and tart with an earthy and slightly sweet finish and beautiful magenta hue. It was so popular last year that we are bringing it back this fall, so look for it at the Cider House in October. CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
Named after one of the most successful pirates of the 18th century, Black Bart is one of our two bottle conditioned ciders. Granny Smith apple cider is fermented until dry, hopped, and then bottled with the addition of Saison yeast and aged for at least four additional months undergoing secondary fermentation. The resulting cider is bone dry, tart, and refreshingly crisp.
Named after the famous pirate who was born in Neil and Jackie’s home town of Bristol, England, Blackbeard is a truly unique creation with a cult following. Made with Arkansas Black apples, this cider spends at least eight months in bourbon casks before it is bottled with a combination of 80% champagne and 20% brettanomyces yeasts and undergoes secondary fermentation. Strong in alcohol and flavor but smooth going down and with just enough sweetness from the apples, Blackbeard is one of a kind.
bristols cider house
Come visit us for a tasting, a pint, or to take home a bottle or growler!
Bristols Cider House is the only cider pub on the Central Coast of California, serving all of our ciders as well as many of the wines produced by Lone Madrone. Bristols Cider House is also the exclusive home of the Brigstock, Mangelwurzel, Changala, and Scrumpy varieties as they are served on tap only.
3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA (805) 400-5293
Wednesdays - Sundays 1.00 -8.00
what's happening at Bristols Cider House
Friday, December 4th
5 - 8 pm
Release Party - Skimmington and Mangelwurzel
The long awaited release of this years Mangelwurzel and the first release of our new Skimmington Cider is finally here!! Don't miss this opportunity to taste and purchase these two prodigious new ciders
Gypsy Flame Pizza will be there with their Wood Fired Pizza
Sunday, December 6th
4.30 - 7 pm
Bristols is proud to present three talented musicians from Europe.
The Acoustic sounds are melodic with keyboard fun and beautiful harmonies.
The set includes original music from Heidi, Camille and Pat.
** No Cover charge**
Vineyard Events will be serving their famous
Rustic Stew and hush harbor bread - $10
from 5 - 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 10th
5 - 8 pm
Invitation to our Industry Friends to
celebrate the holiday season with us
We invite you to wear a Santa Hat, or other festive attire - ugly Christmas sweaters especially welcome!!
Use your industry discount to buy the gift of cider for your friends and family this holiday season.
Drop your business card in Santa's sack to enter a raffle for fun prizes.
We have partnered with a few local caterers to provide our guests with delicious food Thursday - Saturday to enjoy with our cider.
Curry and a Pint: Chefs Jeffery Scott and Natale Koch from Vineyard Events or Chef Jeffry Wiesinger of Jeffry's Catering serving from 5:30 - 8pm. Currently they are serving a different variety of curry every week. From Chicken Tikka Masala to Vegetarian Thai Green Coconut Curry to Pork Madras, each week is different and oh so tasty. Check our Facebook page for a preview of the week's curry selection.
Industry night: Each Thursday we celebrate the local wine industry with 20% off all ciders for our industry friends.
Gypsy Flame Wood Fired Pizzas: Every Saturday Gypsy Flame fires up the grill with unique varieties of grilled pizzas from 5-8pm. Whether you prefer the traditional Margherita or are more adventurous (macaroni and cheese pizza anyone?) Gypsy Flame pizzas never disappoint.
Live Music at Bristols - Second Saturdays with Bob Duffy: On the second Saturday of each month, Bob Duffy is on site playing live music from 5 - 8pm. On occasion he will be joined by his wife Diane, and they become JStreet Slim and The Leisurenaut!
Rustic Stew with Hush Harbor Bread: Each week Vineyard Events will be serving a delicious stew, perfect for the cold winter evenings. Made with all fresh local ingredients. Check our facebook each week to see the Sunday Stew for that week.
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3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 8