The juice for our 2017 ciders was pressed last fall (September-November, 2016). 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!
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
Our 2017 Queen is full and ample. On the nose it is rich with the perfume of bittersweets, apple essence, and a hint of smoke and leather. A ripe apple flavor is followed by tropical fruit and smoky notes, with lots of acid and tannin to match.
Apples in this cider:
Kingston Black, Dabinett, Major, Ashton Bitter, Northern Spy, Esopus Spitzenburg, Macintosh, Harrison, Brown Snout, and wild fruit.
Pair with pork, chicken, salads, and spicy foods
Retail Price: $14
2016 Barnyard Blend
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
Only a few cases left! Available in select locations, but mostly only through us directly. No Barnyard Blend will be released in 2017.
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 Kingston Black
Drink this cider on its own or pair with light summer foods, grilled meats or vegetables, or appetizers
Retail Price: $10
Whetstone Reserve: Kingston Black
Limited Availability… Only 23 cases bottled
Our 100% Kingston Black cider is dry and rich, balancing subtle fruit with herbal and mineral flavors. A true terroir cider, these apples were grown at Scott Farm in Dummerston, Vermont.
Pair with aged cheddar, meats, vegetable stew and other rich foods.
Retail Price: $18
Whetstone Reserve: Perry
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
Sold Out! New Vintage to be released December, 2017.
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 with a creamy finish. 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: Reine de Reinette
Pair with aged cheddar, Tavernier chocolates, appetizers, or use for a toast!
Retail Price: $20