By Rick Bonino
The hard cider revival that’s been sweeping the nation is taking root in Coeur d’Alene.
Both North Idaho Cider and Summit Cider began draft distribution late last year, and recently opened tasting rooms. While they share an appreciation for fermented apple juice, they’re following somewhat different routes to expressing that.
Before becoming business partners, Summit Cider’s Davon Sjostrom and Jason Fletcher bonded during days of plowing the powder at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
That shows in both the names of their business and their ciders, and the decor in their cozy taproom neighboring Coeur d’Alene Cellars winery.
Hanging from the ceiling is an assemblage of skis collected from friends, which will continue to grow. A large silhouette of a skier adorns a back wall down a hallway. One of Sjostrom’s old snowboards serves as a shelf under the line of taps behind the bar.