Jill Morrison, owner of Coeur d’Alene Cider Co., is one of the growing numbers of women jumping head on into the brewing world in the Inland Northwest. About six years ago, she purchased a fermenter and began the challenging and rewarding journey to where she is today.

In February, the Coeur d’Alene Cider Co. cider house and bottle shop opened its doors at 1327 East Sherman Ave. Formerly the legendary Rathskeller’s Tavern, Morrison has transformed the location into a simple yet comfortable place to easily walk to, hang out, sip a cider, and enjoy some good conversation.

In addition to her own ciders, including Inbetween Days and Blackberry Lemon, you can find a wide range of apple brews on rotating taps from fellow locals Summit Cider as well as others like Spokane’s One Tree Cider House, Tieton Cider Works, Schilling Hard Cider, Seattle Cider Company, and more. Get a four-taster sampler served on a wooden tray, drink a full glass of your chosen brew, fill a growler, or grab a can to go from the collection of hard-to-find, unique and European ciders available in the bottle shop cooler. A limited but choice selection of beers on tap and wine are also available, along with a small snack plate menu.

In May, the cider house launched The Coeur Club, their version of a mug club. For an annual fee, club members get a logoed drinking jar (larger pour!), a birthday flight, $1 off growler fills, and 20% off the bottle shop. Space is limited.

There is no doubt that Coeur d’Alene Cider is bringing a delicious oasis to the growing community of East Sherman. I look forward to enjoying Jill’s brews for many years to come.

Coeur d’Alene Cider Co. specialty ice-cold cider. // Photo: S. Michal Bennett