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Patois Cider

Puck the Fipeline 2019

$30.00

Puck the Fipeline 2019

Patois Cider

Puck the Fipeline 2019

$30.00

All proceeds of Puck the Fipeline go to community efforts and legal fees to continue the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

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"A mix of fruit from the Terry family property, including 100+ year old Albemarle Pippins. Sandy loam over gneiss, 3100’ elevation. The Terry family lives on the front lines of the destruction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. To protest the gas company’s incursion into their and their neighbors’ lives, members of the
family built and encamped in tree houses that blocked and delayed environmentally damaging land clearance. Unfortunately, many century-old
apple trees in the pipeline’s path were still eventually lost to bulldozers.

Due to the flash drought in September and October, much of the fruit on the property dropped early but was dead ripe.

Overnight cold soak on skins and pips before fermenting with minimal temperature control in glass demijohns. Racked and aged undisturbed on fine lees for five months in demijohns. Refermented in bottle with organic sugar and its native culture, aged sur lattes for seven months, disgorged by hand on October 29th."

-Patrick Collins 

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The focus of Patois Cider is balance: How do wild trees maintain their ecological equilibrium, and how can an orchard mirror this dynamic? How will several successions of microorganisms collectively transform the fruit? How do I align myself and my work with the interconnecting cycles of nature?

This process is shifting and part of a larger rediscovery of a lost American cidermaking tradition.  A cuvée will change year to year, reflecting seasonal differences in the fruit or adaptive techniques thought to better express those differences. The ciders will continue to evolve in the bottle and the glass. While I hope they will reward patience, they are not precious and are meant to be enjoyed.

The name is meant to reflect the idea that orchards/mountain fruit ‘speak their own dialect’ - that apples can express terroir. The only blends are wild fruit, everything else is single orchard bottlings.