We are on a Prairie adventure to Langenburg, Saskatchewan for a visit; of course it wouldn’t be a proper adventure without a stop to visit a cidery!
Crossmount Cider Company came across our radar when our friends who are originally from the Saskatoon area told us about it. It has been on our bucket list to visit because of their focus on Prairie fruit and local craft philosophies.
Prairie Cider at Crossmount Cidery
Crossmount is currently growing their orchard. They’ve planted varieties of Prairie apple trees that make for excellent cider. They are also expanding to include prairie-appropriate grapes.
Peter Reimer, Production Manager at Crossmount, took us on a tour of the cidery. Peter is very knowledgeable about prairie fruit varieties and spent several years working at the University of Saskatchewan where he began to make cider. One of the varieties they are growing is Norkent which we are also growing!
The cidery is a beautiful space with lots of windows and overhead doors. Peter showed us all their equipment and we ran some of our ideas to scale up our own production by him (stay tuned for some cidermaking DIY hacks). Until the apples trees are producing in a few years, Crossmount is bridging the gap in time with apples from British Columbia. They press the apples in their cidery to align with their vision of field-to-cork.
While we have visited many cider producers, this scale and Prairie style of cidermaking is very inspiring to us. There is a certain kinship you feel when someone else shares your passions.
Cider Tasting at Crossmount Cidery
Crossmount has a beautiful tasting room to add to the cidery experience. There are some top notch instagramable spaces!
We tasted all five of the ciders that Crossmount has to offer.
We started with the Flatlander series. I love this label and branding that embraces the landscape of Saskatchewan.
The cidermaker’s notes from their website are below. My favourites were the Flatlander Dry, because of my love for a dry cider, and the Citri Hopped, which was a very subtle hop flavour with so much lovely grapefruit.
Deliciously Dry Cider: Embrace your dark side and enjoy this full-bodied cider with a more traditional flavor.
Classic Gold Goodness: Enjoy the lively, clean and balanced classic flavour as you let the tiny bubbles dance on your tongue.
Sparklingly Sweet Crispness: Ever get that feeling in the Fall where the cool wind hits you? Get that feeling all year-round with a cool fresh Flatlander Crisp.
Puckerless Grapefruit Perfection: You can safely drink our Citri Hopped without fear of being squirted in the eye. Unless you happen to be eating grapefruit at the same time. Then you’re on your own.
Cider & Black
Berry-ified Fruity Flavour: Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy this unique flavour(through the magic of blackcurrants) that originated in the UK.
Peter mentioned that they’ve tried to appeal to a broad audience of cider drinkers in a land where people aren’t all that familiar with cider (we’ve found the same thing in testing the ciders we make on our friends). Their ciders tend towards the sweet, but they were all very well balanced.
We took a collection of their ciders home to share. You can pick up your own at the cidery or at a variety of places around Saskatoon as well as in Moose Jaw and Regina.
Baby’s First Cidery
It was also a very momentous occasion as it was my niece Frankie’s first cidery visit!
We finished our visit with lunch at the Apple Crate Café on site. The grounds around the cidery are beautiful and there were tons of places to hang out in the sunshine with a cider or grilled cheese sandwich!
Visit Crossmount Cidery in Saskatoon
If you’re in Saskatoon or just on your way through, I definitely recommend you stop by for a visit. Their tasting room is open year round and groups of 10 or more can book a tour in advance. Check their website for details.
Thanks so much to Peter and everyone else at Crossmount Cidery for showing us around!
If you’re hungry for more, check out the rest of our cider tours and tastings on our blog.