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!
bristols cider features unique artisan ciders
bristols original - brigstock - barti ddu - rackham- anne bonny - skimmington - black bart - black beard
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 UK Challenger, 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 British farmhouse-style cider made from Granny Smith and Braeburn apples fermented with brettanomyces. Non-carbonated.
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.
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 with a hint of hops.
*Blackbeard - Sold Out (but coming soon)
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 flavor, smooth going down and with just enough sweetness from the apples, Blackbeard is one of a kind.
* only available at the cider house
bristols cider house
tastings - pints- bottles - growlers
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, 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
Wednesday - Sunday1 - 8pm
what's happening at bristols cider house
- grub at the cider house -
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 - industry night
Curry : Chefs Jeffery Scott and Natale Koch from Vineyard Events or Chef Jeffry Wiesinger of Jeffry's Catering serving serving a different variety of curry every week from 5:30 - 8pm. 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 friendsaturdays
cider press sandwiches and a pint
cider press sandwiches and a pint: On Fridays we will have the wonderful Duet of cider press sandwiches and a pint of cider - $15 for the pair. Using fresh local ingredient Chef Jeffrey Scott of Vineyard Events will be creating different versions of this cider press sandwich each week.
gypsy flame wood fired pizzas - live music
Wood Fired Pizza: 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?)
Live Music 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!
bristols cider can be found at the following locations:
Santa Marguerita: Dunbar Brewing
Baywood: Baywood Ale House
Santa Maria: El Camino Liquor
Buellton: Industrial Eats
Ojai: Ojai Beverage Company
Camarillo: Jerez Liquor
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3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
Wednesday 1 - 8pm
Thursday 1 - 9pm
Friday 1 - 9pm
Saturday 1 - 9pm
Sunday 1 - 8pm