Palisade Chamber of Commerce members had a chance to peek at the distillery process for hard cider, manufactured locally by one of the area’s newest businesses, the Talbott’s Cider Co., at Wednesday evening’s Business-After-Hours mixer. Hosted by the Talbott family, chamber members were also invited to tour the fruit processing and juicing facilities on East Orchard Mesa.
The newest branch of the Talbott family enterprise is owned and operated by members of the sixth generation of the local family, Harry “Charles” Talbott, and cousin-in-law Christopher Leader. They’re hoping to grab a share of the $350+ million national hard cider market with their semi-sweet Alpine Start, dry Scrappy Apple, and hoppy IPC varieties.
The Talbott family also produces Talbott’s Mountain Gold, locally made non-alcoholic apple cider, now sold statewide and beyond, as well as juicy, delicious peaches later on in the summer.
Samples of the three varieties of hard cider, dyed green for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, were served to guests, as well as chilled, sweet Talbott’s Mountain Gold during the event.