Julian Hard Cider is a small, veteran-owned company known for its popular, high-quality ciders, making this a fantastic local company to support..
Their tasting room is located inside the historic Julian Station in Wynola which was originally an apple packing shed. It couldn’t be more perfect! The drive up here is beautiful and allows for a fabulous back-country experience.
San Diego is mostly known for its breweries, but having a mountain town popular for its tasty apples, it should definitely be known for its hard ciders as well!
At the time of our visiting, Julian Hard Cider had 12 ciders on tap with 4 rotating handles of unique, Julian-only specialty ciders produced at their production facility down the road. They also offer a variety of flavored ciders such as Cherrybomb, Apple Pie and Pearanormal.
My gut cannot tolerate liquor, beer or hard kombucha and I figured I would have the same issue with hard cider. I was very pleased to learn that I had no harsh side effects! Apparently a lot of people have said this about hard ciders who cannot tolerate other types of alcohol.
Julian Hard Cider uses traditional cider-making techniques which includes cold fermentation to produce their ciders. Their flagship dry cider, Harvest Apple, uses only fresh-pressed apple juice with no added sugars or concentrates
You are allowed to grab a drink and venture around the station and even outdoors. Their outdoor area has a large patio and an old oak grove with tables for picnicking. A true hidden gem worth checking out!
The tasting room, and really Julian Station as a whole, is extremely kid and dog-friendly. There’s a great kid’s area filled with so many toys and also a small arcade section! This will allow parents to relax and enjoy their drink while their kids are entertained as well.
Inside the actual tasting room there are some fun games as well though:
Julian Hard Cider sources apples locally whenever possible, contributing to the authenticity of their products. The juice in their specialty ciders is pressed at Apple Lane Orchard, owned by JHC co-founders Keith & Priscilla Webb.
We actually got to visit it and taste a few of their apples ourselves! They were delicious!! Here are a few shots I took of their orchard during our visit. It was so pretty!