About Our Ciders
We use only choice apples grown in Ohio, mostly southeastern Ohio at that! These apples are primarily eating varieties, including Melrose, Cortland, Fuji, Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, multiple Reds, Winesap, Grimes, Jonathan and Jonagold, Pink Lady, McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala, Mutsu, Goldrush, and many more including a couple varieties of crab, and even Bosque and Sugar Pears. Most of these are grown by Hirsch Fruit Farm, others come from our own 13 tree orchard, some from Cherry Orchards and some more from friends and neighbors yard trees.
These apples tend to make a cider that is low in tannins yet high in acidity. As such our cider style is technically referred to as “New World Modern Cider”.
Along with our New World Modern Dry (Kelly’s Dry) and Semi-Sweet (B-Yard) Ciders, we also make many “Fruit Ciders”.
Staying with our “Grown in Ohio” theme, we use fruits that are either farmed in Ohio or wild-harvested fruits from Ohio. These include Currant, Elderberry, Persimmon, Plum, Strawberry, Pawpaw, Raspberry, Pear, Blueberry, and Peach. These fruits have come from Integration Acres, Shade Winery, Chester Hill Produce Auction, Cherry Orchards, Wagner Fruit Farm and Hirsch Fruit Farm. We are always looking for new local fruits, so if anyone wants to harvest any Mulberries, Gooseberries, Serviceberry, miniature Kiwi and any other Ohio gown fruit, give us a call!
Another interesting line of ciders we produce falls into the “Spiced Cider” category.
These include our “Zingiber”, which is a refreshing Ginger/Lemon Cider, and our seasonal Winter Mulled Cider, for a warming winter treat. Spicebush is in the upcoming works.
Our Ciders range in sweetness levels including Dry, Semi-Dry, Medium, Semi-Sweet, and Sweet, to appeal to a range of palates. The carbonation levels also vary from Still, to Petillant, to Sparkling.
We do not believe in filtering our ciders at all. We don’t even use any clarification aids. We feel that these disrupt the natural flavor and aroma of a cider, by stripping out all the goodies. In the same vein, we use no sulfites and no Potassium Sulfates, these preservatives make us uncomfortable and possibly affect one’s health. Finally, we use no enzymes to aid in clarification, once again it is our belief that these are not part of the Farm Cider tradition we like to uphold to produce very “Real” ciders!