Meet Kite & String Cider

The house brand of Finger Lakes Cider House

4017 Hickok Road, Interlaken NY 14847 - map & directions

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About Our Name

What does Kite & String mean?  Where did your brand name come from?

'Kite' means light, playful, balanced, and fun.  'String' means grounded to a place, our small farm.  Kite & String ciders are produced at Finger Lakes Cider House on our organic and diversified farm in Interlaken, NY.

Why did you change your name?  What happened to Good Life Cider?

We always loved how the name "Good Life Cider" was grounded to Good Life Farm, but as we began to garner media attention and distribute our ciders widely, we encountered a company with a similar name, so we rebranded in 2017 to avoid confusion in the national marketplace.  We're the same people in the same place producing our best orchard ciders as Kite & String.

People

Melissa Madden and Garret Miller started Good Life Farm 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 labels for Kite & String and Finger Lakes Cider House by Q. Cassetti.

Logo and labels for Kite & String and Finger Lakes Cider House by Q. Cassetti.

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