Golden State Cider is throwing their hat into the apple brandy ring, following the success of other local cideries’ experimentation with the more alcoholic cousin to hard cider. Known as calvados in France, apple-based spirits have only recent begun to take hold on these shores, bolstered by the raging popularity of cider.
Made exclusively with Gravenstein apples from Roberts Orchard, Golden State’s Gravenstein Apple Brandy is aged in French oak barrels for a year, giving it a maple and caramel candied-apple flavor. The brandy is distilled at Healdsburg’s Alley 6 Craft Distillery, which makes its own signature apple brandy with local and Washington state apples. Golden State will release its first batch of apple brandy in mid-December. Details at drinkgoldenstate.com.
Overland at the Barlow: There’s still not much buzz about the new restaurant concept coming to The Barlow from Acre founder Steve Decosse, but we’ve heard that it’s slated to focus on cuisine from the countries of the “Spice Road.” Watch for more details.