Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apples to Apples

Capitol Cider taps into some tasty treats

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Washington produces over half of America's apples. But you can only have so many Granny Smiths before you want to turn to something a little stronger.

Like, say, cider.

Capitol Cider spreads the love of hard cider to our microbrew-obsessed city. And they're doing it with 30 taps and 100 bottles from all over the world.

This new two-level bar is housed in the former Fetherston Gallery space. The top floor is clad in dark wood and oil paintings, with restaurant-style seating. Downstairs, you'll find a classic game room with two shuffleboard tables, a fireplace, and darts.

The food offerings also have a twist. Capitol Cider's kitchen is the only completely gluten-free food preparation setup in the city, yet it churns out classic pub grub. The fish & chips battered in cider and rice flour are spectacular, and everything is made from scratch in-house, right down to the drip coffee.

If you've never delved into the world of cider, the bartenders here can get you started with a draft that'll suit your tastes. We recommend starting with a classic British bottle of Aspall before delving into local microciders from Snowdrift and Whitewood.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Imagine what a cider a day can do.

Capitol Cider www.seattleciderbar.com
818 E. Pine St, Capitol Hill
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Fish & chips; quinoa salad; Aspall cider
Nearby: Lost Lake; Totokaelo Man; Cascina Spinasse

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