bristols cider house

tastings - pints - bottles - cans - growlers

Bristols Cider House is the original 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, Black Beard, and Green Fairy varieties as they are served on tap only.  Our tastings will take you through a selection of 5 of our current ciders, a great way to sample what we have to offer and how different each cider is. Our staff love to share their knowledge of cider, its history,  and how it is made, so be sure to ask them if you have any questions.

3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA  93422 (805) 400-5293

Open 7 Days a Week!

Sunday-Wednesday 1:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday  - Saturday 1:00pm - 10:00pm

We are dog friendly at the Cider House and always welcome our Canine friends. We do however respectfully request that dogs are on leash at all times when at the Cider House.

our ciders

bristols cider features unique artisan ciders

rooted in tradtion - inspired by thirst

 

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On tap Only (All ciders are seasonal, and current tap list may vary)

Antiquity - This cider is aged in new american oak spirit barrels giving it an unmistakeable smoky aroma and finish.

Carnie - Released once a year right before the mid-state fair. This cider is aged bourbon barrels for a full year then dry-hopped with citra cascade and amarillo hops. 

Colony - Orchard select blend of apples that are fermented in a farmhouse style with gentle notes of Brett and layered depths of flavor.

Cure For Scurvy - Granny smith, Braeburn, and Honey Crisp apples crushed with organic Kaffir limes then co-fermented with gin botanicals.

Granata - Barrel fermented Newtown Pippin apples and Pomegranates, andesine gemstone color and incredible fresh tart pomegranate flavor.

Granny Smith - As it’s namesake suggesst this cider is all Granny Smith apple! We are introducing new varietal ciders where we try to showcase one apple at a time. This cider is light, refreshing and very crisp!

Green Fairy - Cognac barrel aged cider, and fermented with rye whiskey bitters and a blend of secret botanicals. You will have to come in and ask about it to find out! 

Mangelwurzel - Beets co-fermented with San Miguel Granny Smith to create a truly unique experience. Rose Pink derived from the Belatonin in the beets, this cider has an earthy nose and a fresh crisp palate

Merry Hell - A blend of apples co fermented with fresh gin botanicals such as juniper berry, peppercorn and cardimum. A crisp spicy cider. 

Pinky Barton - Cider that has been aged in a wine barrel that was first used for genache, then used to make gin by Krobar distillery, then given to Bristols to make cider!

Westy - These apples were hand picked by our cider makers on the west side of Paso. Unfiltered, providing smooth mouth feel and strong fruit forward flavors.

 

On Tap and in Bottles

Anne Bonny - One of our two bourbon barrel aged ciders, the Anne Bonny marries the elegance of the specific varieties of apples that are blended with a more mellow bourbon experience. Not to be fooled, she is a cider that packs a punch with Abv. varying per batch from 8 - 10%! 

Bristols Original - Over 55 types of culinary and heritage apples sourced from as far north as Sonoma County down to See Canyon. Our "OG" was created as a homage to the drier English ciders that inspired it in to being in the first place.

Barti Ddu - Pronounced ' Barti Thee' this cider named after the welshman Bartholomew Roberts is dry hopped using only English hops. The tea like hops impart a perfumed elegance that supports the Granny Smith's delicateness..                             

Rackham - Dry hopped Monterey county Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples blended with organically farmed San Luis Obispo Braeburns.

NC2 - Known as "NC squared" this cider calls homage to the two people involved in its becoming. Neil Collins the owner of Bristols Cider house and Neil Collins the owner of Trees of Antiquity where these apples were sourced. 

 

Bottles Only

Black Beard - 18 months bourbon barrel aged blend of Arkansas Black, Black Twig, Honey Crisp, Newtown Pippin, and Granny Smith bottle conditioned with a blend of Champagne yeast and Brettanomyces. Can be laid down for years to increase the ciders already powerful complexity.

Black Bart - This bottle conditioned version of our Barti Ddu, Black Bart is 100% Granny Smith from north county, hopped using English hop varieties and conditioned with a saison yeast.

Skimmington - True West Country influenced scrumpy or farmhouse cider. The Skimmy is non-carbonated with an intense apple skin aroma. We inoculate with two seperate strains of Brettanomyces, B. Drei and B. Lambicus.

Mystery Cider: Come into the cider house and ask about the cider club! Every shipment (3x a year) our club members get to experience a brand new EXCLUSIVE cider that no one has ever had before!

 BRISTOLS CIDER HOUSE NEWSLETTER

our story

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 an extensive 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 and Northern California on occasion. 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! 

The Wine Enthusiast article "The Central Coast Cider Surge" by Matt Kettmann

All of our ciders are produced using apples from San Luis Obispo County, including San Miguel, Paso Robles, and See Canyon.  The processing happens right at the cider house, using an old fashioned press and pumping the cider directly into the tanks located in the tasting area, making for a truly unique environment combining the production aspect into the tasting room experience.

 

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To Purchase Bristols Cider - Here

To order your favorite ciders click the above link, this will take you to our sister site at Lone Madrone where you can place your order.

 

 

connect with us

location:

3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone:

(805) 400-5293

hours:

Sunday          1 - 8pm

Monday        1 - 8pm

Tuesday        1 - 8pm

Wednesday  1 - 8pm

Thursday        1 - 10pm

Friday            1 - 10pm

Saturday        1 - 10pm

email:

Info@BristolsCider.com

Cody@BristolsCider.com (manager)