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Alpenfire Ember Old World Bittersweet

Review: Ember – Old World Bittersweet by Alpenfire

Review Date: March 14, 2020

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 7.50%

Cider Maker’s Description

Ember is a blend of the late season cider apples we grow, using organic methods. Enjoy Ember for the low acid, tannic flavor of these rare bittersweet apples. The incomparable flavor & aroma of this cider remind us of the apple harvest in the fall: of the cool orchard soil & the deep rich taste of that last solitary apple holding fast to a dark bough. Slow fermented, cool aged, unfilitered & bottle conditioned to create complexity & natural carbonation. Chill lightly & pour carefully so as not to disturb the naturally occurring sediment. Serve with winter vegetables, cream sauces & poultry.


  • clear with just a subtle haze, golden straw color


  • very light carbonation


  • autumn orchard, some barnyard funkiness, wet wood pulp, red apple skin


  • red apple skin, red apple flesh, citrus, green


  • bitter, moderate to high tannins, full bodied


  • clean finish with astringency on the tongue

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Nothing more to add at this time… we might order another round.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Port Townsend, WA

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.