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Montana CiderWorks North Fork Traditional

Review: North Fork Traditional by Montana CiderWorks

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 7.00%

Cider Maker’s Description

North Fork, Semi-Dry English Style Cider: Golden, gently bubbly, with true cider flavor. Expressive bittersweet apple character with wood, grass & smoke notes; this semi-dry cider balances faintest sweetness against sharpness, astringency, and tart fruit.

Our North Fork traditional cider was awarded a Gold Medal and Runner-Up/Best in Show at the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup. It gained a Gold medal at the 2016 Great Lakes International Cider Competition. SIP Northwest magazine awarded it Best Traditional Apple Cider.

The blend includes hard-to-find traditional cider apples & crab apples alongside Bitterroot Valley apples.

North Fork offers a clean, aromatic finish that enhances the flavor of savory foods. Pairs wonderfully with spicy (ethnic) foods, game bird dishes, and hor d’oeuvres with strong cheeses.


  • clear, rich golden color


  • rising strings of bubbles, lingering ring of tiny bubbles around edge, ring grows on swirl but does not create full coverage, full 1/8" coverage of small to large bubbles on pour


  • leather, hints of funk and farm, traditional English cider


  • dry, rich & full bodied, caramel, grassy


  • astringency increases with each sip


  • long

Tasting Notes / General Impression

one of the best traditional ciders I can remember, incredible flavor and body, would drink this everyday if I could

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Montana CiderWorks
Sula, MT

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.