‘From orchard to glass’

Twisted Hills Craft Cider in Cawston earned best in class for cider at the Fest of Ale in Penticton.

The secret is in the apples.

Kaylan Madeira of Twisted Hills craft

cider in Cawston said the success of the

young company boils down to the quality

of apples it uses.

“We actually use certified organic cider

apples. We planted the apples five to seven

years ago. We hand pick the apples of the

tree. It’s premium fruit, really,” she said.

Madeira is the cider maker for Twisted

Hills while better half Jo Schneider runs

the orchard.

Twisted Hills was previously known as

Fairview Cider but because of copyright

law had to change it’s name last year.

The company, which has been in operation

for a total of two years, recently earned

top honours for cider at Penticton’s Fest of

Ale event. The Kinston’s Twist cider was

named the best in class after being judged

by several experts in the field.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been

judged. It’s nice to know where we fall.

To see where we compare to other ciders.

We’re thrilled about it,” she said.

Madeira is extremely busy with two

other jobs in addition to cider making. She

works as a nurse and at Valley First.

The couple decided to enter cider making

after selling their apples to a cider

maker on the island for several years.

“We really got inspired. We decided we

wanted to do it and took a course a few

years ago,” she said.

At first Madeira and Schneider just let

friends and family sample the cider but

after receiving rave reviews they decided

to venture into making it for sale to the

general public.

Currently they make five unique ciders.

The first year Twisted Hills produced

4,500 litres of cider. This past year 7,900

litres was made and the goal is to continue

to grow the business over the years.

“One of the things people should know

is that we are truly overseeing the product

start to finish. We are involved in every

process. From orchard to glass,” she said.

For those looking to buy the award

winning cider details of area stores that

sell Twisted Hills products are available on

the website www.twistedhills.ca. The tasting

room at the orchard located on Ritchie

Drive in Cawston will be open starting the

May long weekend from 11 a.m. to 5:30

p.m.

The other winners from Fest of Ale are:

Best of Show:

Smoke and Mirrors – Coal Harbour

Brewing; Vancouver, BC

Best in Class:

Lager/Pilsner: 1516 Bavarian Lager –

Okanagan Spring Brewery; Vernon, BC

Pale Ale: Coast Trail Pale Ale – Canuck

Empire Brewing; Aldergrove, BC

IPA: Double IPA – Powell Street Craft

Brewery; Vancouver, BC

Hefeweizen: Hey Day Hefeweizen –

Granville Island Brewing; Vancouver, BC

Ales: Rum Runner – Persephone

Brewing Company; Gibsons, BC

Stout/Porter: Smoke and Mirrors – Coal

Harbour Brewing; Vancouver, BC

Belgian: White Bark Witbier – Driftwood

Brewery; Victoria, BC

Fruit Beer: Berried Alive – Longwood

Brewery; Nanaimo, BC

Other: Super G – Longwood Brewery;

Nanaimo, BC

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