A recent county-wide open house organized by RealRacine was such a stunning success that we received a hand written note (with clipped newspaper ads for added evidence) complaining that we were only doing tastings, not tours, and that we should have been more prepared.
So, just for you Dorothy, here are some tips for visiting AeppelTreow.
- We are a Cidery on an Orchard. We make darned fancy and tasty ‘hard’ ciders. It’s not ‘real’ wine. It _is_ REAL CIDER. Cider is a type of wine, and all my permits say ‘winery’ – so do our signs.
- We put Tasting over Tours when it gets busy. Which mostly happens in September and October, but every now and then there is a rush for a few hours. Our business is small, and open, and everything is in plain sight. There is a poster of our process.
- We like to tell you what you’re sampling, and how’s its made. You’ll get most of a tour just listening to the Tasting Room Crew.
- The Orchard is usually open for strolls. But not always, and the Cidery doesn’t know when ahead of time. That’s because Brightonwoods Orchard uses Integrated Pest Management, so sprays are based on insect trapping and weather stations, not on a spray supplier’s calendar.
- If you’d like more time to chat with us and get a more in-depth visit, come before 1pm. Mornings are usually slower. So is midweek.
- We normally offer paid options for trying all the products <80 proof and/or all the products >= 80proof, as well as our standard 5 for Free. When we get a line building up, we feel the pressure to get folks served quickly – and the temptation to stop the bigger, longer paid options. We are still experimenting with how to manage this, so please bear with us. This year the plan is to switch to 1 Cider Server covering paid, and the other(s) doing Free. If the line clears, and you want to convert, please ask.
So now that we’ve laid out some expectations – please come see us! We now have all but one cider planned for this year back. The two reserve brandies won’t be ready until fall. We have 3 sparkling, 5 draft, 6 still, 3 fortified, and 6 distilled products right now!
Staring Saturday April 30th, we are officially back in the swing of things. For Late Spring / Early Summer our hours will be 11-4 on Saturdays and 12-4 on Sundays.
We’re still in the thick of bottling season, so not everything is back on the shelves. We have both our Sparklers, Brut and Perry, _all_5_ of the draft style: dry, tannic English style perry and cider, a nice fruitier semidry American style, black currant/elderberry flavor and Chai spiced flavored. We are shy on table styles, with just a dry reserve. We have both apple and pear dessert styles. And we are full-up on whiskey and brandy – apple, pear and plum.
Just come on in. Unless you’ve got a dozen friends with you. Then we appreciate a heads up call a few days ahead of time.
Ta Ta For Now
Cider Wright Charles
It’s that time of year again, folks. The Tasting Room is now ‘by appointment’ until May.
We will be here from time to time working on production, but call ahead before you come out. We’ll tell you if the driveways are passable. Or Charles’ cell is on the answering machine, and you can call him. We’ll do our best to meet you here.
By the way, the Pear Wine is gone until the new batch is bottled.
We will likely run out of the Blackbird Blackcurrant/Elderberry flavored cider this weekend, if not before. If you need some, plan a trip or call to reserve some. Or both.
Folks, we are facing a couple of week gap in Brown Dog Cask. The last barrel is selling out before the next one is ready. But not by much. It should be back before Halloween.
Between my usual mis-estimation and some bad luck with the spring juice, we are very short on Sparrow Spiced Cider. As in sometime next weekend.
So, take a trip out to the winery to get some now. Or call ahead to reserve some for your tippling pleasure.
Charles – Ciderwright.
We are running low on our English-style high tannin cider. It’s time to make a visit or call to reserve some.
The new ‘pomage’ of Kinget Bitter, a tannic cider made from English and French apples grown only for drinking, has hit the Tasting Room. Enjoy!
Low Inventory Alert: Less than 5 cases of Orchard Oriole Perry, our super-traditional English-type Perry are left at the Cidery. And the 2014 crop was too poor to make anything with, so this Perry won’t be back until 2016. Visit soon, or call to reserve some ’til a later visit.
Starting with the 4th of July weekend, we’ll be open Fridays 12-5, Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 12-5.
We’ve got lots of cider for your hot weather enjoyment.