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15 Hard Cider Producers Around D.C.

From fruity to dry, DMV cider makers continue to multiply

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The thirst for craft ciders is as strong as ever in Washington, as curious drinkers continue seeking out to funky new variations. D.C.’s cider scene is anchored by budding local enterprise Anxo, which debuted in 2016 and has quickly spread across the city. Area newcomer Supreme Core Cider opened its new production facility and taproom this past May.

Neighboring Virginia and Maryland are also full of destinations for cider lovers. Many, like Bold Rock and Potter's Craft Cider, are concentrated around Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while apples are still the main ingredient, cideries are experimenting with pears, peaches, berries, and other fruits. They're also appealing to a wider variety of palates by introducing hops and bourbon-barrel aging into the process.

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1. Millstone Cellars

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2020 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111

Millstone makes hard cider and mead out of a refurbished 1840 gristmill in Monkton, 30 miles north of Baltimore. Tours and tastings are offered on Saturdays and Sundays for $5, with draft and bottle sales on Fridays. Millstone produces about a dozen types of cider, including Rhuberry, a strawberry and rhubarb blen, and Cherrykriek, which blends Maryland sour cherries.

Assorted products at Millstone Cellars. Photo: Millstone Cellars

2. Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine

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6219 Harley Rd
Middletown, MD 21769
(301) 371-4814
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Over in small Middletown, Maryland, Willow Oaks is churning out an interesting lineup of small-batch ciders using product from its 35-acre farm. There’s an Asian pear and ginger blend, one with blueberries, and even one made from the Black Twig apple — said to be a favorite of former President Andrew Jackson.

Hard cider at Willow Oaks. Photo: Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine

3. Distillery Lane Ciderworks

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5533 Gapland Road
Jefferson, MD 21755

Distillery Lane’s tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays year-round; there's also self-guided tours and cider-making classes. Check the website for information on the 2018 offerings.

Assorted products at Distillery Lane Ciderworks. Photo: Distilley Lane Ciderworks

4. Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery

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14635 Corky's Farm Ln
Waterford, VA 20197
(540) 882-9073
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Corcoran Cidery is open Saturday and Sunday for pours of its ciders, which share menu space along with some Virginia wines. The Hop’n’Pop incorporates locally-grown hops, while the Knot Head uses a blend of seven local apples lightly aged in bourbon barrels.

Hard ciders at Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery. Photo: Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery

5. Great Shoals Winery

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14526 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(410) 849-9616
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Located about eight miles outside of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, Great Shoals Winery has a solid selection of hard ciders. It makes them from more than just apples, too, with recipes that employ peaches, pears, plums and berries. The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday. Great Shoals is opening a second tasting room during summer 2018 in Takoma Park.

Hard cherry cider at Great Shoals Winery. Photo: Great Shoals Winery

6. Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

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207 West Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117

Located in downtown Middleburg, Virginia, Mt. Defiance is open to the public with paid tours and tastings Tuesdays through Sundays. Its rotation of ciders come in options like ginger, Farmhouse-style, and bourbon-barrel aged flavors. It also has a varietal that is aged in an oak bourbon barrel. Try the spirits too, which include a selection of rums.

The tasting room at Mt. Defiance. Photo: Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery

7. Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room

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711 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-2696
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Anxo revitalized cider culture in D.C. when it opened in 2016. It expanded its footprint in May 2017 with a larger cidery and tasting room in Washington’s Brightwood neighborhood. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday for flights, pints, and food inspired by the Basque region of Spain. Cider choices change from time to time and are categorized by flavor profile — bright, structured, fruit-forward, and rustic. Anxo also serves collaborations with other craft cideries around the U.S.

Assorted ciders at Anxo.
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8. Supreme Core

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2400 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 215-5029
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This homegrown producer is big on local fruit and barrel-aging. Supreme Core features nearly a dozen ciders on tap, including seasonal offerings as well as its flagship dry-style cider, Micawber. While focused on putting its own stamp on locally produced cider, Supreme Core also collaborates with others on specialty beverages, including D.C. beer maker Right Proper Brewing Company, and Charm City Meadworks in Baltimore.

A freshly poured cider at Supreme Core’s taproom.
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9. Old Hill Cider

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17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Old Hill Cider is open Monday through Saturday. Varieties include the wine-like Heritage, the strawberry-forward Betwixt, and Yesteryear, featuring hints of ripe pear and apple.

10. Castle Hill Cider

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6065 Turkey Sag Rd
Keswick, VA 22947

Another cider maker near Charlottesville, Castle Hill’s ciders come with ethereal names like “Celestial,” “Levity” and “Gravity.” The tasting room is open year-round every day, except for major holidays.

A flight of ciders at Castle Hill. Photo: Castle Hill Cider

11. Potter's Craft Cider

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209 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 964-0271
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Potter’s Craft Cider was started by two college friends with a passion for brewing and cider. The cider is made in Free Union, which is about a 30 minute drive from Charlottesville, but tastingst take place at a downtown garden Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Pick up a bottle of their farmhouse dry or oak barrel reserve to start. Potter’s also has a grapefruit hibiscus option and one using Citra and Amarillo hops.

A flight of hard ciders at Potter’s Craft Cider. Photo: Potter’s Craft Cider

12. Blue Toad Hard Cider

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9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Afton, VA 22920
(434) 996-6992
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Blue Toad makes cider at facilities in Virginia and Rochester, New York, using apples from both areas. Among the flavors are the Blue Ridge Blonde and Black Cherry, which share the menu with a rotation of seasonal creations like Harvest Festy. Blue Toad is just a short drive from Bold Rock Cider, making it an easy one-two punch.

The tasting room at Blue Toad in Virginia. Photo: Blue Toad Hard Cider

13. Albemarle Ciderworks

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2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden, VA 22959

About 20 minutes from downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, family-owned Albemarle has been making cider since 2009. Its orchards are home to not just apples, but also pears, peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday and sells local cheeses, breads and candy.

14. Bold Rock Cidery

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1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Nellysford, VA 22958

This cider maker is located on a 50-acre farm in central Virginia, with free daily tours and cider tastings in its new barrel barn. Visitors can bring a picnic or grab food from one of the food trucks on the weekends.

The new barrel barn and tasting room at Bold Rock. Photo: Bold Rock Cidery

15. Blue Bee Cider

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212 West 6th Street
Richmond, VA 23224

Considered Virginia’s only urban cidery, Blue Bee’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Its cider varietals include a limited-edition dessert cider made with ginger-infused eau de vie, and a seasonal cider infused with raspberries and blackberries.

Cider lovers crowded around Blue Bee cidery in Richmond, Virginia. Photo: Blue Bee Cider

1. Millstone Cellars

2020 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111
Assorted products at Millstone Cellars. Photo: Millstone Cellars

Millstone makes hard cider and mead out of a refurbished 1840 gristmill in Monkton, 30 miles north of Baltimore. Tours and tastings are offered on Saturdays and Sundays for $5, with draft and bottle sales on Fridays. Millstone produces about a dozen types of cider, including Rhuberry, a strawberry and rhubarb blen, and Cherrykriek, which blends Maryland sour cherries.

2020 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111

2. Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine

6219 Harley Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
Hard cider at Willow Oaks. Photo: Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine

Over in small Middletown, Maryland, Willow Oaks is churning out an interesting lineup of small-batch ciders using product from its 35-acre farm. There’s an Asian pear and ginger blend, one with blueberries, and even one made from the Black Twig apple — said to be a favorite of former President Andrew Jackson.

6219 Harley Rd
Middletown, MD 21769

3. Distillery Lane Ciderworks

5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson, MD 21755
Assorted products at Distillery Lane Ciderworks. Photo: Distilley Lane Ciderworks

Distillery Lane’s tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays year-round; there's also self-guided tours and cider-making classes. Check the website for information on the 2018 offerings.

5533 Gapland Road
Jefferson, MD 21755

4. Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery

14635 Corky's Farm Ln, Waterford, VA 20197
Hard ciders at Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery. Photo: Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery

Corcoran Cidery is open Saturday and Sunday for pours of its ciders, which share menu space along with some Virginia wines. The Hop’n’Pop incorporates locally-grown hops, while the Knot Head uses a blend of seven local apples lightly aged in bourbon barrels.

14635 Corky's Farm Ln
Waterford, VA 20197

5. Great Shoals Winery

14526 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Hard cherry cider at Great Shoals Winery. Photo: Great Shoals Winery

Located about eight miles outside of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, Great Shoals Winery has a solid selection of hard ciders. It makes them from more than just apples, too, with recipes that employ peaches, pears, plums and berries. The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday. Great Shoals is opening a second tasting room during summer 2018 in Takoma Park.

14526 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20904

6. Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

207 West Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20117
The tasting room at Mt. Defiance. Photo: Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery

Located in downtown Middleburg, Virginia, Mt. Defiance is open to the public with paid tours and tastings Tuesdays through Sundays. Its rotation of ciders come in options like ginger, Farmhouse-style, and bourbon-barrel aged flavors. It also has a varietal that is aged in an oak bourbon barrel. Try the spirits too, which include a selection of rums.

207 West Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117

7. Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room

711 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Assorted ciders at Anxo.
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Anxo revitalized cider culture in D.C. when it opened in 2016. It expanded its footprint in May 2017 with a larger cidery and tasting room in Washington’s Brightwood neighborhood. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday for flights, pints, and food inspired by the Basque region of Spain. Cider choices change from time to time and are categorized by flavor profile — bright, structured, fruit-forward, and rustic. Anxo also serves collaborations with other craft cideries around the U.S.

711 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011

8. Supreme Core

2400 T St NE, Washington, DC 20002
A freshly poured cider at Supreme Core’s taproom.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This homegrown producer is big on local fruit and barrel-aging. Supreme Core features nearly a dozen ciders on tap, including seasonal offerings as well as its flagship dry-style cider, Micawber. While focused on putting its own stamp on locally produced cider, Supreme Core also collaborates with others on specialty beverages, including D.C. beer maker Right Proper Brewing Company, and Charm City Meadworks in Baltimore.

2400 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002

9. Old Hill Cider

17768 Honeyville Road, Timberville, VA 22853

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Old Hill Cider is open Monday through Saturday. Varieties include the wine-like Heritage, the strawberry-forward Betwixt, and Yesteryear, featuring hints of ripe pear and apple.

17768 Honeyville Road
Timberville, VA 22853

10. Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd, Keswick, VA 22947
A flight of ciders at Castle Hill. Photo: Castle Hill Cider

Another cider maker near Charlottesville, Castle Hill’s ciders come with ethereal names like “Celestial,” “Levity” and “Gravity.” The tasting room is open year-round every day, except for major holidays.

6065 Turkey Sag Rd
Keswick, VA 22947

11. Potter's Craft Cider

209 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
A flight of hard ciders at Potter’s Craft Cider. Photo: Potter’s Craft Cider

Potter’s Craft Cider was started by two college friends with a passion for brewing and cider. The cider is made in Free Union, which is about a 30 minute drive from Charlottesville, but tastingst take place at a downtown garden Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Pick up a bottle of their farmhouse dry or oak barrel reserve to start. Potter’s also has a grapefruit hibiscus option and one using Citra and Amarillo hops.

209 Monticello Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902

12. Blue Toad Hard Cider

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920
The tasting room at Blue Toad in Virginia. Photo: Blue Toad Hard Cider

Blue Toad makes cider at facilities in Virginia and Rochester, New York, using apples from both areas. Among the flavors are the Blue Ridge Blonde and Black Cherry, which share the menu with a rotation of seasonal creations like Harvest Festy. Blue Toad is just a short drive from Bold Rock Cider, making it an easy one-two punch.

9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Afton, VA 22920

13. Albemarle Ciderworks

2545 Rural Ridge Lane, North Garden, VA 22959

About 20 minutes from downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, family-owned Albemarle has been making cider since 2009. Its orchards are home to not just apples, but also pears, peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday and sells local cheeses, breads and candy.

2545 Rural Ridge Lane
North Garden, VA 22959

14. Bold Rock Cidery

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958
The new barrel barn and tasting room at Bold Rock. Photo: Bold Rock Cidery

This cider maker is located on a 50-acre farm in central Virginia, with free daily tours and cider tastings in its new barrel barn. Visitors can bring a picnic or grab food from one of the food trucks on the weekends.

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Nellysford, VA 22958

15. Blue Bee Cider

212 West 6th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
Cider lovers crowded around Blue Bee cidery in Richmond, Virginia. Photo: Blue Bee Cider

Considered Virginia’s only urban cidery, Blue Bee’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Its cider varietals include a limited-edition dessert cider made with ginger-infused eau de vie, and a seasonal cider infused with raspberries and blackberries.

212 West 6th Street
Richmond, VA 23224

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