Meet Good Life Cider / Kite & String

Produced here at Finger Lakes Cider House

4017 Hickok Road, Interlaken NY 14847 - map & directions

 

Attention, Cider Lovers — Please see our June 2017 press release about how "Good Life Cider," the house cider of Finger Lakes Cider House, will be rebranded as "Kite & String" with the release of our 2016 vintages this summer.

People

Good Life Farm is our certified organic farm and home to Kite & String, formerly branded as Good Life Cider. We started farming here in 2008. In 2013 we added cidermaking and two full-timers, Matt Gordon and Garrett’s brother Jimmy Miller. In 2015 we opened the Finger Lakes Cider House tasting room with our ever-growing crew of farmers, artists, bartenders, and alchemists. It is an honor to share these gifts with you through food and drink.

Land

SOIL TYPE 

Split between Honeoye and Cazenovia soils; fertile yet shallow glacial till sitting atop mineralrich shale bedrock

GEOGRAPHY 

In the heart of the Finger Lakes region, with eastern slopes overlooking mighty Cayuga Lake Split between Honeoye and Cazenovia soils; fertile yet shallow glacial till sitting atop mineral rich shale bedrock

FARM & ORCHARD 

Diverse and certified organic, full of apples, asparagus, cows, fungi, turkeys, peaches, horses, herons, and big ideas

Cider

CIDER FRUIT 

Our dense, gnarly, organic fruit and from other Finger Lakes orchards

PRESS 

Hydraulic bladder press and an older accordion press

BLENDING 

At the press or after fermentation, and some single variety ciders

PRIMARY FERMENTATION 

In stainless steel during the fall and early winter for a cool, slow fermentation to honor varietal character

SECONDARY 

Mostly champagne-method & charmat-method for natural bubbles

AGING 

6 to 12 months in cellar, extended for some traditional method ciders

 

“Cider should taste good.  And be fun.  Seriously.”

GARRETT MILLER, CIDERMAKER

Logo and label art for Cider House, Good Life, and Kite & String by Q. Cassetti.

Logo and label art for Cider House, Good Life, and Kite & String by Q. Cassetti.