Recently we visited Nancy and Steve, owners of Alpenfire, an organic cidery due north of our distillery. Their apple trees were in bloom. It was a sunny day and the air was vibrating. Normally I find the sound of hundreds of bees worrisome, but not to Nancy. As we walked through the orchard, the sound of her bees pollinating her apple trees made her visibly happy.

Alpenfire is set in the hills in the Northeastern part of the Olympic Peninsula. Gentle hills and surround the organic cidery. We are going to be using some of their hard cider for our apple brandy.