On Saturday Josh and I went to the Franklin County CiderDays in Old Deerfield, MA. It was a beautiful fall day and Old Deerfield is just adorable!
The fest was located at the Deerfield Community Center, a cute little building that looks like a church. When we got we were greeted with a huge line.
I was nervous because it didn’t look like everyone would fit in this little building! I was also a little annoyed because the event was from 3:30-5pm, but we didn’t get inside until almost 4pm. I was determined to stay positive though, because there were over 60 different ciders, only a few of which I have tried before. The fest cost $25 per person.
It was super packed inside.
Here are some of the ciders I tried along with my thoughts (please note: whenever I’m trying this many different ciders in such a short period of time my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt):
- Aaron Burr Cidery Ginger Apple Cider – Fermented with ginger and carrots. Strong ginger smell and taste.
- Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Apple Cider – Very solid cider. Classic, full apple flavor. Josh and I liked it very much!
- AEppel Treow Winery Perry – Sweet, light, and good with some wine qualities. Unique flavor for a perry. 7.5% ABV.
- Bear Swamp Orchard Farmhouse Hard Cider – Certified organic. Non-carbonated. Super sweet smell. Not a fan of the wild yeast. 6.8% ABV.
- BlackBird Cider Works New England Strong Cider – Raisins are added during the second fermentation to enrich the flavor. Josh thought it tasted “farmy”. The farmy flavor may be growing on me because I couldn’t place the flavor. 10% ABV.
- Carr’s Ciderhouse Apple Pommeau – Barrel-aged and fortified with brandy. Would be a good after dinner dessert drink. Josh tasted butterscotch candy. 19.5% ABV.
- Carr’s Ciderhouse Farmhouse Cider – Strong flavor, almost vinegary. 6.9% ABV.
- Castle Hill Cider Gravity – Not too dry, no aftertaste. Nice flavor with peach notes. 8.2% ABV.
- Eden Ice Cider Company Heirloom Blend 2011 – Love it! This is their flagship cider. Super sweet, perfect after dinner dessert cider. 10% ABV.
- Eden Ice Cider Company Northern Spy 2010 Barrel-Aged – Super delicious, my favorite at the fest! Aged in French oak barrels. Only 300 cases produced. 10% ABV.
- Eden Ice Cider Company Orleans Aperitif Cider – Basil overload! Caught us off guard and we were not fans. 15.5% ABV.
- Eve’s Cidery Rustica – Smooth and creamy, with a vanilla scent. Very delicious dessert cider. Definitely recommended! 7% ABV.
- Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery Honeycrisp Hard – Another one of our faves! Solid, delicious, sweet flavor. 6.8% ABV.
- Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery Scrumpy – Smells sweet. Josh was not feeling this one, but I thought it was tasty. 6.8% ABV.
- Montana CiderWorks Darby Pub Cider – Fine, nothing special. Josh said, “meh”. 5% ABV.
- Montana CiderWorks North Folk – Again, Josh thought it tasted farmy and was not a fan, but I liked it. 7% ABV.
- Pommies Dry Cider – Light, sweet, crisp, smells like green apples. This would be perfect on a hot day. We really enjoyed this one! 5% ABV.
- Rowan Imports Castanon – Super cool barrel “tap” handles! We were not down with the “farmy”, vinegar flavor.
- Tideview Vintage Cider Sparkling Pear Cider – Light, easy to drink. Very tasty. Sweet, but not too sweet. This is a limited release.
- Tideview Vintage Cider Sparkling Raspberry Cider – Very strong raspberry flavor. I thought the flavor was lovely, but Josh thought it was medicinal. 8.8% ABV.
- Tieton Cider Works Apricot Cider – Apricotastic! Tasted like yummy apricot juice!
- Tieton Cider Works Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider – Josh was excited to try this one because of the hops, but he was disappointed that he couldn’t smell or taste them. I hate hops and must be sensitive to them because I could definitely taste them.
- Westcott Bay Cider Traditional Medium Sweet – Good cider. Sweet and full bodied. 6.8% ABV.
We left the fest happy and completely cidered out. Overall I was happy with the fest, but I do wish that it was held in a larger location.
Have you tried any of these ciders? What did you think of them?