Arcata beverage makers bring artisanal quality to every sip




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Pat Knittel at her Wrangletown Cider Company facility. Photo by Ben Jain

Pat Knittel at her Wrangletown Cider Company facility. Photo by Ben Jain

Pat's Feisty finalist

ARCATA – Pat Knittel is on a roll – she recently married Ben Jain at the Arcata Veterans Memorial Building, and her Arcata-based Wrangletown Cider Company has now been named a finalist in the 2017 Good Food Awards.  

Feisty Dog Orchard Cider, produced by Wrangletown Cider Company, was selected as a finalist in a field of 2,000 entries from across the country. Apples for this cider are sourced from Feisty Dog Orchard based in Redcrest, owned and farmed by Matt Mikel.  

Three other Humboldt County companies have been named as finalists as well – Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, Humboldt Cider Company and Eel River Brewing Company.  

Said a press release, “Representing 14 categories and 38 states, all finalists rose to the top in a blind tasting of the 2,059 entries from nearly every state and passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.”

The 200 Good Food Award Winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 20 at a gala Awards Ceremony at the historic Herbst Theater in the San Francisco War Memorial, followed by two more days of celebration. Medals will be bestowed by renowned chef and activist Alice Waters and organics pioneer Nell Newman.

(707) 508-5175, wrangletowncidercompany.com

Amy Bohner of Alchemy Distillery shows off new Whiskey Aging Kits during a Saturday Open House at the company’s 330 South G St. Arcata facility. Alchemy makes small batch, high quality spirits using local grains, only on American-made equipment. (707) 822-8013, alchemydistillery.com KLH | Union

Amy Bohner of Alchemy Distillery shows off new Whiskey Aging Kits during a Saturday Open House at the company’s 330 South G St. Arcata facility. KLH | Union

Amy and Steve's spirited small batches

Alchemy Distillers focuses on small batch, high quality spirits using local grains, produced exclusively on American made equipment by Steve and Amy Bohner.

A Saturday afternoon Open House at the company’s 330 South G St. Arcata facility showed off the artisanal offerings, from Whiskey Aging Kits to t-shirts. (707) 822-8013, alchemydistillery.com

 

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