Vermont Public Radio Cider Story

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We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

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TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

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We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

Beigel_160705_3078

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

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We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

Beigel_160705_3078

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, anabolics although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, more about whose headwaters run through our family farm, information pills where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

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We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

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TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, anabolics although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, more about whose headwaters run through our family farm, information pills where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

Our Ciders

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, viagra order 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, condom and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

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Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

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We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

Beigel_160705_3078

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, anabolics although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, more about whose headwaters run through our family farm, information pills where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

IMG_0366

IMG_0302

The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

Our Ciders

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, viagra order 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, condom and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, oncology 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

http://www.whetstoneciderworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-IMG_7029-2.jpg

We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
Beigel_160705_3128
In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

Beigel_160705_3078

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

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The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, anabolics although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, more about whose headwaters run through our family farm, information pills where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

IMG_0366

IMG_0302

The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

Our Ciders

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, viagra order 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, condom and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, oncology 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, case 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, cialis 40mg and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, pestilence not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

http://www.whetstoneciderworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cropped-IMG_7029-2.jpg

We are proud of our ciders and prouder still that they are recognized in the international cider community as some of the best.

 

In 2016, gerontologist our Orchard King, anemia Orchard Queen, and Methode Champenoise received silver medals at GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition).
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In 2015, we only entered our Barnyard Blend in the GLINTCAP, and it brought home a silver medal.

Beigel_160705_3078

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“This is the most grown-up cider I’ve ever tasted!” — Elize Gunzberg, resident of Guilford, Vermont and fellow vendor at the Brattleboro Winter Market

“I never knew cider could have so much depth!” —Brattleboro Farmers’ Market Customer

“I made a French-style supper to go with the Kingston Black: buckwheat crepes with smoked ham and gruyere. The cider was delicious – great flavor, great sparkle. Looking forward to many more bottles!” —Marj Wright

Our Story

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, grip although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, adiposity whose headwaters run through our family farm, where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

IMG_0366

IMG_0302

The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

We started Whetstone CiderWorks in 2010, anabolics although the dream began long before then. Our business takes its name from the Whetstone Brook, more about whose headwaters run through our family farm, information pills where four generations of Jason’s family live and work as farmers, scholars, artists, healers, and builders. Whetstone CiderWorks is part of the patchwork of our lives; we are parents of two young children and work as a carpenter and farmer, volunteer firefighter and preschool board member in addition to making cider and the other pursuits that we love.

As the cidermakers of Southeastern Vermont, our mission is to showcase the complexity and quality of the rich diversity of heritage and heirloom apples available to us here.

The apples that we use, many of which are grown specifically for cider-making, yield complex, wine-like ciders, rich in tannins and acidity, with tantalizing tastes of apple, citrus, and flowers that come through. We don’t think these apples need additional flavoring or heavy sweetening to make them the perfect accompaniment to your meals; you can count on our ciders being dry, flavorful, and a show-stopping addition to the dinner table. All of the apples we use are grown locally- this past year, most were from Scott Farm in Dummerston, some from Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH, Ames Hill Orchard in Marlboro, Vermont, Connecticut Valley Orchards in Westminster, VT and even a few from our own 120-tree orchard and gathered from our neighbors’ trees.

Our cider is a labor of love, and a portrait of this place we call home. After 15 years of cider-making and 6 years in business, we are committed to remaining small, to producing high-quality, food-friendly ciders, and to celebrating heritage and heirloom apples grown in this idyllic corner of the world.

Thank you for supporting local agriculture and small producers,

Jason and Lauren MacArthur

IMG_0366

IMG_0302

The Guy on Our Label

John_Whitney_sepia

It’s a wonderful photograph, we know! John Whitney just had to be on our label. He lived in Jason’s grandfather’s 200-year-old farmhouse a century ago here in Marlboro, Vermont, before the MacArthurs arrived. This photo captures Whitney raising jugs of cider high in front of a barn that has since burned down. Michele Holzapfel reproduced Whitney’s jaunty stance in the fabulous drawings on the Orchard King and Orchard Queen labels.

Our Ciders

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, viagra order 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, condom and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, oncology 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, case 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, cialis 40mg and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, pestilence not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

The juice for our 2016 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, case 2015). The juice ferments for 2 weeks to 3 months, cialis 40mg and then ages in the tanks until we blend and bottle in July. We work with the seasons, pestilence not on a manufacturing schedule. We wait to bottle our ciders until they are at their best, which sometimes means giving them over a year to mellow and shift into the fullest expression of the apples that went into them.

All of our ciders pair very well with cheese and a variety of food. We make them to go with food, like wine. We have included some pairing suggestions here, but be playful with your pairings and let us know if you find some winning combinations!

Beigel_160705_3111

Beigel_160705_3136Orchard King

Alcohol 7.5%

One of our flagship ciders, this bottle-conditioned cider is sparkling, dry, and refreshing. Pleasant minerality leads to a high, fruity finish with citrus notes.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold, Pinova, Cox’s Orange Pippin and a variety of late bittersweet cider apples

Pair with appetizers and cheese.

Retail Price: $14

Orchard Queen

Alcohol 7.5%

Our other flagship cider, the Orchard Queen is both delicate and bold with deep, integrated tannins setting the stage for ripe apple and dark cherry flavors.

Apples in this cider: Cox’s Orange Pippin, Bittersweet Cider Apples, Kingston Black, Blue Pearmain, Pitmaston Pineapple, and many others

Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods

Retail Price: $14

Beigel_160705_3078Barnyard Blend

Alcohol 7.5%

This year’s Barnyard Blend is for the seasoned and adventurous cider drinker. For the first time, we’ve bottle conditioned the B.Blend, giving it wonderful effervescence and dryness. The complexity of cider apples gives way to a rich apple finish. And yes, there is a tasteful edge of “barnyard” flavor in this cider (otherwise known as brett).

Apples in this cider: Early bittersweet cider apples, Blue Pearmain, and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Pair with foods that you’d find in Spain! Tapas, hard cheeses, olives, cured and smoked meats.

Retail Price: $12

Beigel_160705_3150Moonlighter

Alcohol 6.5%

The Moonlighter is casual, light, and dry with lots of fruitiness shining through. It’s the cider to drink pond-side, or as you sit on the back porch, watching the leaves change color and moon rising.

Apples in this cider: Jonagold and our American Heirloom Blend (including Baldwin, Belle de Boskoop, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, and others)

Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers

Retail Price: $10

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Hewe’s Virginia Crab

Alcohol 8%

Made with Hewe’s Virginia Crabapple, grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. Hewe’s is a historic American heirloom apple, one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites. This cider is still, wine-like, and isn’t shy at all about letting its charm shine through! Robust acidity is softened by notes of lilac and honey. 23 cases produced this year.

Pair with roasts, Thanksgiving dinner, fondue

Retail Price: $18

Beigel_160705_3145Whetstone Reserve: Perry

Alcohol 8%

Scott Farm’s entire harvest of Brandy perry pears have yielded this iridescent, rich, fruity, and aromatic perry. The finish is long and lingering and full. Only 13 cases produced this year!

Retail Price: $20

Methode Champenoise

Alcohol 9%

Following a vigorous in-bottle fermentation, and aging over a year on its lees, this cider is hand-disgorged in the traditional method. The result is this champagne-style cider with delicate bubbles, taut acidity, and delightful dryness, which highlight subtle fruit and minerality. A fabulous “cross-over” cider for those unfamiliar with cider, but enthusiastic about sparkling wine. Less than 30 cases produced this year!

Apples in this cider: Esopus Spitzenburg, Wickson

Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!

Retail Price: $20

Jason was interviewed as part of a VPR “Vermont Edition” story focusing on the hard cider revival. Hear Ben Watson, impotent
medicine Steve Wood (of Farnum Hill and Poverty Lane Orchards), treat Jason (from Whetsone CiderWorks) and others talk about the history, challenges, and art of making cider:

http://www.vpr.net/episode/54444/cider-house-rules-again/

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