The apples we use to make our cider come from the Great Lakes region. We grow many varieties possessing a range of properties we strategically blend together to achieve the best tasting cider possible.

Acey-01


ACEYMAC

ORIGIN:  New York – 1969
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + red blush
TASTE:  juicy + sweet
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  cultivar
HARVEST:  September

Aceymac was born in New York in the late sixties. Its parents are the McIntosh and Orange Pippin varieties.

Ashemead-01


ASHMEAD’S KERNEL

ORIGIN:  Gloucester, UK – 1720
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  gold + brown blush
TASTE:  tangy + sweet
STYLE: culinary
CLASS:  sharp
HARVEST:  October

Ashmead’s Kernel is an old English variety known as one of the best tasting dessert apples available. Unknown parentage, rusty gold in color, and great for cidermaking.

Autumn Crisp-01


AUTUMN CRISP

ORIGIN:  New York – 2009
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  sweet + tart
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  cultivar
HARVEST:  September

Autumn Crisp is the child of the Golden Delicious and Monroe apple varieties, created at Cornell University’s breeding program in 2009. This variety is packed with Vitamin C and slow to brown.

Baldwin-01


BALDWIN

ORIGIN:  NE US – 1700’s
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR: yellow + bright red
TASTE:  sweet + sharp
STYLE: culinary
CLASS:  sharp-sweet
HARVEST:  November

Baldwin is an old American colonial variety, well sought after by cider makers. It was almost wiped out by a drastic chill in the 1800’s, but was miraculously saved and since has had a cult following.

 

Brown Snout-01


BROWN SNOUT

ORIGIN:  England – 1850’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + gold blush
TASTE:  sweet + bitter
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  October

A very traditional bittersweet apple for cider making in the UK, the Brown Snout is known to reside in cold pockets and blooms a little later in the season. Its name articulates the russet brown halo that appears at the base of the apple.

Bulmers-01


BULMER’S NORMAN

ORIGIN:  England – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + pale blush
TASTE:  bittersweet + juicy
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  October

Imported from Normandy some years ago to England, Bulmer’s Norman is a branded cider apple that has graced British cider circles for decades. This apple is quick to ferment, lending it an added usefulness to cider makers worldwide.

Chisel-01


CHISEL JERSEY

ORIGIN:  England – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  red + green blush
TASTE:  tart + sweet
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  October

Chisel Jersey is a bittersweet and tannic apple that lends a wonderful richness to cider. A traditional English cider variety, Chisel Jersey is part of the Somerset family of apples,  a vintage level apple that produces excellent cider. 

Cortland-01


CORTLAND

ORIGIN:  Geneva, NY – 1915
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  tart + sweet
STYLE: culinary
CLASS:  sharp-sweet
HARVEST:  September

The McIntosh x Ben Davis hybrid Cortland is a variety bred for its sweetness and for its ability to withstand cold temperatures. Some say this apple makes the ideal apple pie due to its pleasant flavor and resistance to browning, but it also makes delicious cider.

Dabinett-01


DABINETT

ORIGIN:  England – 1900’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  aromatic + astringent
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  November

This apple is the star of the show and regularly featured as a single variety cider, possessing all of the ideal qualities to make a very high value cider. Its aromatics and flavor need no blending, and its ability to grow easily makes Dabinett a perfect choice for cider makers.

 

Empire-01


EMPIRE

ORIGIN:  New York – 1966
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  maroon blush
TASTE:  sweet + distinct tang
STYLE: culinary
CLASS:  sharp
HARVEST:  September

Created at Cornell University and parented by the McIntosh and Red Delicious varieties, this sweet and tart apple is a crowd pleaser for its taste and attractive look. New York has a special place in its heart for this apple, named to evoke the NY state of mind.

E Spitz-01


ESOPUS SPITZENBURG

ORIGIN:  New York – 1700’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + scarlet blush
TASTE:  crisp + spicy
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp-sweet
HARVEST:  October

A confirmed favorite apple of Thomas Jefferson, this variety has a very pleasant taste and perfect balance of flavors. A contributing factor to this antique gem’s rarity, the ‘E-Spitz’ is commonly very susceptible to tree diseases, so growers must treat them with extra care. 

Evercrisp-01


EVERCRISP

ORIGIN:  Ohio – 2012
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  cream + red blush
TASTE:  tangy + sweet
STYLE:  club 
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  November

EverCrisp® is a cultivar developed by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association from Honeycrisp and Fuji parents. This ‘designer apple’ hit the scene packing an audible crunch and sweet flavor that has won cider makers’ hearts. 

Fuji-01


FUJI

ORIGIN:  Japan – 1939
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  cream + pink stripe
TASTE:  crisp + honeyed
STYLE: culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  October

The Fuji has been a popular culinary apple since the 80’s. Its high sugar content and long shelf life lend itself well to cider making, and the resulting product exhibits light, floral, and delicate properties.

Gala-01


GALA

ORIGIN:  New Zealand – 1930’s
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  gold + red stripe
TASTE:  mild + sweet
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  September

Gala apples are the progeny of Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red. Known for its ability to grow in warm and cold climates, Galas ubiquitous presence in US grocery stores is due to its environmental adaptability and popularity as a culinary fruit.

Golden D-01


GOLDEN DELICIOUS

ORIGIN:  West Virginia -1891
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green yellow
TASTE:  sweet + honeyed
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  October

The Golden Delicious is a superstar in the supermarket world, but also delivers in the cider realm. The apple trees grow easily in varied climates and produce large harvests, making this apple a workhorse for alcohol content in cider.

Golden R-01


GOLDEN RUSSET

ORIGIN:  New York – 1850’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + russet
TASTE:  rich + velvety
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  November

An old world style apple, the Golden Russet is believed to be an all around great apple for eating, cooking, and cider making. Its russeted color has prevented this apple from taking off in the grocery circuit, giving cider makers more accessibility.

Granny S-01


GRANNY SMITH

ORIGIN:  Australia – 1868
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + white fleck
TASTE:  tart + juicy
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp
HARVEST:  January

The Granny Smith is one of the most recognizable apples in the world, and its many uses make this apple a phenomenal addition to any orchard. Granny Smith is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamin C, and is highly prized for its tartness and ability to hold up in an apple pie.

Harrison-01


HARRISON

ORIGIN:  New Jersey – 1712
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red
TASTE:  rich + velvety
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  November

Highly prized and very rare, the Harrison is a cider apple nearly lost to the sands of time. Used primarily as a cider apple in the 18th century, the Harrison was saved from one remaining tree that was cut to make way for a garden, and its cider is usually a single-variety stunner.

Honeycrisp-01


HONEYCRISP

ORIGIN:  Minnesota – 1900’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + red
TASTE:  crisp + pear-like
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  October

The Honeycrisp is an apple bred for juiciness and flavor. Although it can grow to the size of a grapefruit, growers try to keep its size stable and consistent. Honeycrisp is prized for its unmistakable crunch, making it the fifth most popular apple in the US. 

Hudsons GG-01


HUDSON’S GOLDEN GEM

ORIGIN:  Oregon – 1831
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  dull russet
TASTE:  pear-like
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  October

Hudson’s Golden Gem is an apple that you’d swear has pear in its lineage. The tastiest of the russeted apples, the Golden Gem is selected for its distinct pear-like taste and pronounced nuttiness. 

Idared-01


IDARED

ORIGIN:  Idaho – 1942
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + red blush
TASTE:  sweet + tart
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp-sweet
HARVEST:  September

The red apple from Idaho, Idared is a mild flavored apple that has a long shelf life. This apple is a great all-around variety, attractive, tasty, and storable for months, making it a very useful apple in cider making.

Jonagold-01


JONAGOLD

ORIGIN:  New York – 1968
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  yellow + blush stripes
TASTE:  sweet + honeyed
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  bittersharp
HARVEST:  September

A child of the Jonathan and Golden Delicious varieties, Jonagold is a massive apple with lots of juice. A great apple for baking, the Jonagold’s flavor is at once sweet and sharp, with an unmistakable honey note. 

Kingston B-01


KINGSTON BLACK

ORIGIN:  England – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  greenish + red blush
TASTE:  bitter + sharp
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersharp
HARVEST:  November

Kingston Black is considered by cidermakers to have the best tasting juice of the bitter sharp varieties, but it is a fussy tree with lots of challenges. Found growing by Kingston St. Mary’s church in Somerset, this apple was known as the ‘black apple,’ hence the name.

Liberty-01


LIBERTY

ORIGIN:  New York – 1978
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  red + dark stripes
TASTE:  white wine-esque
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST: September

A low maintenance and high producing apple, the Liberty makes the perfect backyard apple tree. This apple belongs in the McIntosh family, and has a distinct wine-like taste that makes it especially desirable for cider.

McIntosh-01


MCINTOSH

ORIGIN:  Ontario – 1811
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  dark red
TASTE:  sweet + tart
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp-sweet
HARVEST:  September

The McIntosh was discovered by the McIntosh family, and the apple has since enjoyed immense popularity in New England and Canada. A classic apple in every way, these red beauties tend to lose their special flavor fast, so they are best right from the tree.

 

Medaille DO-01


MEDAILLE D’OR

ORIGIN:  Normandy – 1865
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + russet
TASTE:  aromatic + fruity
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  October

Médaille D’Or is a traditional French cider apple that lends some strong tannin structure to a cider. Very sweet and astringent, this apple makes high quality vintage cider that is both delicious and unique.

Noel DC-01


NOEL DES CHAMPS

ORIGIN:  Normandy – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  red + red stripes
TASTE:  tart + astringent
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  November

“Christmas Fields”, or Noel Des Champs, is a highly sought after cider apple of French descent that ripens very late, harvests happening during the Christmas holiday season. Its juice is very bitter and one should never try to eat this apple, but it makes excellent cider.

N Spy-01


NORTHERN SPY

ORIGIN:  New York – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + red blush
TASTE:  sweet + tart
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp
HARVEST:  October

Rumored to be one of the best apple pie varieties, Northern Spy is also a stellar cider apple. Growers of Northern Spy are very proud of this apple, the trees tend to be finicky and sometimes do not bear fruit, so a good crop of Spies is cause for celebration..

Porters P-01


PORTER’S PERFECTION

ORIGIN:  England – 1907
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  tart + tannic
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersharp
HARVEST:  November

This quirky apple has an immediately recognizable feature – the apples seem to fuse together in pairs, much like melted gummy bears. Their juice is quite tart and is mostly used for blending, but the Porter’s Perfection is a vintage apple than can stand up as a single variety cider too.

Redfield-01


REDFIELD

ORIGIN:  New York – 1938
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  dark maroon
TASTE:  tart + dry
STYLE:  cider / culinary
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  October

This apple’s special quality is its red flesh, producing blood red cider and primarily used for blush ciders, vinegars, and sweets like jelly and pie. Its juice is bittersweet and this crabapple is certainly not for fresh eating, but makes delicious and unique cider.

RI Greening-01


R.I. GREENING

ORIGIN:  Rhode Is. – 1600’s
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  yellow + orange blush
TASTE:  tart
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sharp
HARVEST:  October

The Rhode Island Greening is a native apple to Rhode Island and quite old. This apple is known to be a Granny Smith doppelgänger, its tart juice provides a great backdrop in cider and and a sweet kick in apple pie.

Rome-01


ROME

ORIGIN:  Ohio – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  red
TASTE:  sweet + mild
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  sweet
HARVEST:  September

Rome Apples are the perfect storm of tart. sweet, fragrant, and juicy. The ability to withstand high temperatures without falling apart make this apple an easy candidate for baking, but its aromatics are what lend the Rome apple its value for cidermaking.

Roxbury Russet-01


ROXBURY RUSSET

ORIGIN:  Boston – 1635
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  green + russet
TASTE:  sweet + aromatic
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  cultivar
HARVEST:  September

The oldest North American apple, Roxbury Russet is an excellent cider and cooking apple. Its stores well through the winter, provides a high volume of juice, and its sweetness translates into a robust cider of well earned vintage status.

Thompking-01


TOMPKINS KING

ORIGIN:  New Jersey – 1804
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  red + yellow stripe
TASTE:  sweet + aromatic
STYLE:  culinary
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  September

The Thompkins King, or Thompkins County King, is really a king of an apple. Its versatility in cooking and cidermaking, its large size, and its ability to grow on the tips of treebranches- allowing for easy picking – gives the King apple its charm.

Tremletts B-01


 TREMLETT’S BITTER

ORIGIN: New York – 1960’s
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  red + green top
TASTE:  sweet + dry
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersharp
HARVEST:  October

Tremlett’s Bitter is one name for two apple varieties, one hailing from England, and the other being the American variety. Also referred to as ‘Geneva,’ the Tremlett’s Bitter of American descent makes an excellent bitter sharp cider for blending, and is the variety we choose to use.

Vilbery-01


VILBERIE

ORIGIN:  France – 1800’s
ORCHARD:  neighbors
COLOR:  yellow + pink blush
TASTE:  bitter + dry
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST:  November

Vilberie is the most astringent cider apple known, which makes it a great choice for cidermakers looking to add bite to their cider. This apple can stand alone as a single variety cider, or blend with other varieties to create depth and richness. 

Wickson-01


WICKSON

ORIGIN:  California – 1944
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  sweet + rich
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  cultivar
HARVEST:  October

These tiny apples are packed with flavor! The Wickson crabapple is the perfect cider apple for its dual nature as a single variety and as a blending apple, this sought after apple adds spice and a special kick to any cider it makes.

Yarlington-01


YARLINGTON MILL

ORIGIN:  England – 1900’s
ORCHARD:  Smith Brothers
COLOR:  yellow + red blush
TASTE:  sweet + mild bitter
STYLE:  cider
CLASS:  bittersweet
HARVEST: October

Yarlington Mill is a very important apple for traditional cidermaking, acting as a workhorse apple due to its consistent, high-yielding, and pliant nature. Single variety or blending cider is typical from this fruit.