Great Country Farms is expanding its line of fermented craft beverages with the grand opening this Friday of Henway Hard Cider—completing a trifecta that includes Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing.
A ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 11:30 am on Friday at the new cidery’s tasting room, located on the farm in the cider barn across from the pond. The daylong celebration features live bluegrass music from the Short Hill Mountain Boys and a selection of ciders, freshly pressed juice and Bluemont Vineyard wines for purchase by the glass or flight. Click here for details about the Friday event.
The debut celebration continues on Saturday, with an after-hours event aimed at the legal-age drinking crowd: the Adult Corn Maze Night will provide admission to the farm’s “50 Years” corn maze and four tasting tickets good for Henway ciders, Bluemont Vineyard wines and Dirt Farm Brewing beers. Enjoy your adult libations while warming up beside a bonfire and listening to live music by Tony M. Music. A special food menu will offer Cuban sandwiches, wraps and cider donuts. Click here for tickets to the Saturday event.
Although the cidery production is currently taking place at Bluemont Vineyard because it falls under the winery’s license, creating the remote tasting room on the farm made more sense for the brand experience,according to Hailey Zurschmeide, general manager of Bluemont Vineyard.
“When we looked at where the (Henway) product line would fit, we really wanted to try to tie it to the agricultural piece of being able to pick apples, and then going to the tasting room and tasting fresh cider and the hard ciders we’re creating,” she said.
“We’re looking to launch with three main (hard) ciders. We’re going to do a brut – kind of champagne-like – hard cider; a strawberry hard cider that showcases fruit that we’re producing here on the farm; and we’re going to have a semisweet cider as well,” Zurschmeide said. Besides the hard ciders, the menu will include Bluemont Vineyard fruit wines.
“Our opening flight is going to include our apple wine so that people can taste the difference between the wine and a cider product,” she said. “I think we’ll have some fun building flights and incorporating the products from Bluemont.” More labels will be added to lineup to showcase more of the 40 different apple varieties they grow on the farm.