We are a small start-up cider company here in Napa Valley California. We are a team of 5 (3 winemakers, 1 grape grower, and a brewer). Each of us enjoyed drinking and making cider when we weren't making beer, growing grapes and making wine in our day jobs. We all got together in one of our guys garage to collectively make some cider that we wanted to drink. When we started to share this cider with others, we received really positive feedback. When our first batch was ready to show to the world we entered it into the Napa Home Brewers Classic, We won the People's Choice Award!
This was proof enough that we needed to work on building a local cider business. We built Sawhorse Cider! Because of our current scale and self-distribution, we have reached out to only a few Napa establishments.
The cider is made by hand. You can see some images and videos of the team and process on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. We work directly with local orchard owners to pick the fruit ourselves or receive pre-picked small lots of apples and pears for use in our blending. The fruit is sourced from Napa, Sonoma, and Yolo counties. We do 100% of the milling, pressing, and fermentation on Howell Mountain at Robert Craig Winery under an alternating proprietorship. The cider is fermented very dry, retains a bright acidity and loads of apple character.
We produce Sawhorse as a vintage product (you will see '2017' on the keg collar). We hope to capture the growing season in each release of Sawhorse.