Local Cider is Oklahoma's first cidery
Hunter Stone Gambill of OK Distilling Co. has added cider and meads to his repertoire with the opening of Local Cider and Angry Bear Mead.
Hunter Stone Gambill, owner and distiller for OK Distilling Co., has added cider and meads to his repertoire with the opening of Local Cider and Angry Bear Mead.
Gambill opened Local Cider, the state’s first cidery, in early 2019. Hard apple cider is traditionally made from apples and pears and ranges from 5-8 percent alcohol depending on the sugar content of the apples.
“We do avant garde ciders, so all our ciders have a unique twist to them,” Gambill says. “We have a Mint Julep cider, which is infused with a wood essence that gives the cider a bourbon taste.”
Local Cider only uses fresh-pressed apple juice from apples grown in a Virginia orchard. Gambill travels to the orchard each season to select the apples to use, but also sources some fruit from Porter, Oklahoma.
Mead, an ancient beverage created from fermenting honey, will soon be available and will include Rose Petal Lavender, a dry sparkling variety.
Local Cider’s selections can be found at restaurants and bars in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and at the cidery’s tasting room at 1724 E. Seventh St., from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 4-11 p.m., Friday; and 2-11 p.m., Saturday.