Meet Kite & String Cider
The house brand of Finger Lakes Cider House
4017 Hickok Road, Interlaken NY 14847 - map & directions
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.
Melissa Madden and Garret Miller started Good Life Farm in 2008. In 2013, we added cidermaking with 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.
Split between Honeoye and Cazenovia soils; fertile yet shallow glacial till sitting atop mineralrich shale bedrock
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
Our dense, gnarly, organic fruit and from other Finger Lakes orchards
Hydraulic bladder press and an older accordion press
At the press or after fermentation, and some single variety ciders
In stainless steel during the fall and early winter for a cool, slow fermentation to honor varietal character
Mostly champagne-method & charmat-method for natural bubbles
6 to 12 months in cellar, extended for some traditional method ciders
“Cider should taste good. And be fun. Seriously.”
GARRETT MILLER, CIDERMAKER