If you are gluten free or just seeking a delicious drink to enjoy in addition to beer and wine, look no further than Summit Cider, which opened in Coeur d’Alene in March, 2015 with a lineup of hard apple ciders that are sure to please any palate.
Located off Kathleen Avenue and just behind Fred Meyers (3884 N. Schreiber Way #201), Summit’s theme is the “active and healthy lifestyle that we enjoy through mountain sports,” says brewer Davon Sjostrom. This outdoor recreation theme is reflected in the ski fan/chandelier hanging in the tasting room; the names of their five ciders, Yard Sale (dry), Fall Line (dry), Corduroy (semi-dry), Chunder (semi-dry) and Greenhorn (semi-sweet); and the fact that the taster trays are mini shot skis, made locally by Shotzski in Sandpoint.
Davon started home brewing cider after switching to a gluten-free lifestyle for health reasons. He and his business partner, Jason Fletcher, met a few years ago, and on a pumpkin-picking excursion to Green Bluff, were inspired by the excellent brews at Twilight Cider Works to create their own “cider that is of high quality and low sugar.” Each Summit Cider brew is clean, crisp and refreshing and perfect for cooling off at the end of a warm day.
At the moment, you can enjoy all of the Summit Ciders styles at the cozy tasting room or fill a growler to take home. The tap room also offers Coeur d’Alene Cellars wine, as well as a couple beer taps from local breweries if your friend is just not into cider. Look for lake-safe cans coming in their near future! Summitcider.com.