I’d stumbled upon Republic of Cider but found several of their cider flavours intriguing. First cider place I’ve seen that offers a winter melon cider. They’re located in the same facility as Fall Line Winery and T2 Cellar.
We dropped in on a Friday (around 4:00pm) and were greeted right away. There’s lots of tables inside (the room is split into two areas) along with a couple more tables outside. Service is friendly and they seem to enjoy engaging with their customers.
18 ciders on tap (10 regular, four rare finds and four from Woodinville Ciderworks).
Several flavours lean toward the Asian palate. Cider bottles and cans ranged from $5.00 USD to $20.00 USD.
A taster set is $10.00 USD for four (4 oz).
6x Tasters ($2.50 USD each)
We went with the hibiscus rose julep, la ma (spicy mama), plum & pucker, sassy peaches, kwas sour and cabell d’angel. Our favourite was the kwas sour (sour mash toasted bread fermented with raisin) followed by the sassy peaches. The rest left us wanting more. Not enough flavour and oomph to their ciders. Especially the la ma (winter melon and Szechuan peppercorns); heat was very subtle and just didn’t get much winter melon notes.
They brought out a complimentary bowl of cookies, which came out warm and gooey. An unexpected but kind gesture.
RoC wasn’t the best ciders we’ve had but it was a relaxing visit.
Republic of Cider
#109, 2960 4th Ave S