Cider For Civil Rights: Bent Ladder’s Newest Release Celebrates Cultural Diversity, Raises Money for ACLU

by | Dec 13, 2017

[Content from the original press release.]

Bent Ladder, an estate winery and hard cider mill, has announced their newest hard cider, Bad Hombre, will be tapped FridayDecember 15. A portion of the proceeds from every glass sold will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

While crafting more traditional ciders, co-owner and cidermaker Matt Vodraska felt there should be a way to pay homage to his experiences in Washington state. American agriculture would not be where it is today without the integral contributions of Latino cultures.  I saw this first hand growing up in the Yakima Valley. Tequila, the spirit
synonymous with Mexico, offers unusual flavors not found in other hard ciders.

Vodraska chose to donate to the ACLU because he believes the protection of civil rights of all individuals is fundamental to American society. “In this divisive time, we felt it was important to create something that embraces our shared cultural heritage in a
unique way that can do good,” said Vodraska, “It is time to lay aside our differences and toast what makes us great.”

Bent Ladder is an estate operation: growing the fruit, pressing, fermenting and bottling all on-site at Rittman Orchards. They strive to craft unique, small batch ciders that offer unexpected flavor experiences. Bad Hombre was created using a blend of apples then aged
for six months in freshly dumped tequila barrels from Mexico, imparting unmistakable aromas of sweet agave and savory fruits with flavors of apple, pomme fruit and hints of kiwi mellowing into a smooth finish.

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