Since bursting on to the hills cider scene in 2013, we have been avid followers of the Naked Apple Cider journey.
Imagine our delight when we found out that they had secured a secret venue in the Perth Hills to call their own and were busily preparing a grand opening at the end of March.
Taking one for the team, we took a drive to the shiny new Naked Apple Cider House in Karragullen to discover what they were up to, and more importantly taste what they have on offer.
On arrival, we took a grand tour of the venue and grounds, where we discovered a cozy restaurant, a gorgeous outdoor deck where cider flows in abundance, a courtyard made for kids to stretch their legs and secret gardens filled with quirky art from an earlier garden centre incarnation. After taking a tour of the grounds, we caught up with the owners of The Naked Apple, the Engel Family and had a chat about the cider-making process and the food on offer at the official launch of the Cider House at the end of March. According to patriarch and cidermaker, Rick, making cider is all about keeping it natural. To ferment their tasty brews, they rely on the wild fermentation method, which means you won't find anything in a Naked Apple Cider that isn’t found naturally in, or on, an apple.
The Cider house will feature five handcrafted, wild fermented, preservative-free ciders on tap, and with names like Fancy Pants and Bedrocker (which, FYI can be mulled with spices and served warm in winter) you are guaranteed to find something you like. An equally crucial element to this story is the food, and from what we tasted on the day, it’s going to be exceptional. Venue manager, Will explained that their (brilliant) chef was tasked with creating a new cider-paired menu for the launch of the Cider House. We were lucky enough to have a cheeky taste of the menu in the form of these mildly curried scallops with avocado; they were mouthwatering and left us wanting more.
Set beneath the towering trees of Karragullen, this is a special location and you really feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. We can’t wait to visit again, but this time we will be taking our families and friends for a pint and some more of that divine food. The Naked Apple Cider House Grand Opening party kicks off this Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March with free entry, live music, food specials and childrens entertainment. Reserve a table on 9496 1138 for the weekend or visit the website for more information. Where Are They? The Naked Apple Cider House Address: 1088 Brookton Highway, Karragullen Phone: 9496 1138 Opening Hours Thursday 5pm - 10pm Friday 11am - 10pm Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 9am - 5pm Website: www.nakedapple.com.au Facebook: @tnabeverageco