First Cliff Goodman offered up his popular microbrews, and now Vashon’s only commercial cidery has its first bottles on the shelf.
Dragon’s Head Cider — hard cider made and bottled by Islanders Wes and Laura Cherry — is now available at Vashon Thriftway and may hit other retailers or restaurants this summer.
The Cherrys, a young couple with a two-acre apple orchard at their home near the famed Mukai Farmhouse, have been developing the brand for about two years. In the process, they’ve taken classes from Peter Mitchell, an international authority on cider-making and award-winning producer from England, and gotten help from local fruit expert Bob Norton.
Laura Cherry said she and Wes have gotten positive feedback from friends who have tried their cider, and they’re excited to finally offer it commercially. They chose Thriftway, she said, in part because it has a growing cider section.
“The next outlets we’ll look at are speciality bottle shops in Seattle and probably smaller restaurants,” she said.
The Cherrys describe Dragon’s Head as a more traditional dry, English-style cider. Though their own orchard isn’t ready to harvest yet, Laura said, they used the same types of apples they will harvest next year to make this year’s batches. Dragon’s Head is sold at Thriftway in 750 ml bottles.
“It’s great for sharing,” she said.