From Countertop to Mountaintop, Cider Calls

by | Aug 8, 2016

PRESS ON || Whether you make cider for profit or pleasure, press assured with the Countertop CT7, a compact counterpart for serious homemakers and commercial cider producers. Industrial-grade aerospace aluminum stainless steel ensures high-yield pressing during the crucial juicing portion of your production process. For those times when you need to think outside the apple crate, the press works with just about any fruit—a reasonable and palate-friendly investment all the same. || $13,600 || goodnature.com

REJUVENATE AND RESTORE || We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping. Might as well optimize it with Moonbeam Meadow Natural Sleep Aid, a sleep-inducing, anxiety-reducing blend of apple cider vinegar and therapeutic herbs. Vermont-grown apples and whole-steeped chamomile, lavender and lemon balm, among other herbs, intermingle to create “nature’s lullaby.” This NyQuil for the cider-loving soul goes down the hatch easy, each one-liter bottle offering a full month of restful eves. || $25 || vermontcountrystore.com

TAKE A HIKE || Tackle the terrain this season with the Hopper 20 cooler, one of YETI’s innovative designs built to withstand weather and wear. Easy to transport via handles or strap, it features the brand-exclusive Dryhide™ Shell, Hydrolok™ Zipper and Coldcell™ Insulation. You’ll reward yourself at the mountaintop or river mouth with up to 18 chilled cans of your favorite cider—we recommend splitting the liquid bounty with your hiking pals for the best result. || $300 || yeticoolers.com

SWEET DREAMS || Escape to bed and breakfast at Durango, Colorado’s Apple Orchard Inn, a quaint gem nestled on four-and-a-half acres of orchard-filled goodness in the Animas Valley. Choose from four rooms—each aptly named after an apple variety—or six private cottages for an abode that features a private bath and luxury amenities. When morning comes, head to the patio for a hearty breakfast served with home-baked breads and mountainous views. Reap serenity from the Inn or seek adventure at the nearby Animas River, Mesa Verde National Park or San Juan Skyway. || $90-250 depending on room and season || appleorchardinn.com

TASTE AND SEE || Time to pack up that glassware folks. The Portland, Oregon-made Original Cider Tasting Mug is the brainchild of 33 Books Co. one-man-show Dave Selden, whose enthusiasm for cider evolved into a scientific journey to create the ultimate cider-tasting mug. The ceramic vessel comes equipped with a logo-embossed bottom doubling as a nucleation site for bubble formation, an aroma-trapping tapered neck and a standing history of evolution courtesy of Selden’s 3-D printer and local partner Mudshark Studios. || $45 || cidermug.com

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