We are able to take fresh fruit (when it is in season), soak it in our brandy, and infuse it back into our ciders. Add grapefruit peels and hibiscus petals soaked in apple brandy, grapefruit essential oil (steam distilled from white grapefruit skins) and et voila! With juicy grapefruit aromas, bright acidity from the Gold Rush apples, and a pale pink color from the hibiscus petals, it is satisfying every bit of our summertime jonesin’ for grapefruit. Despite its refreshing drinkability and the fact that it is not loaded with sugar (in fact, like our other ciders it has ZERO residual sugars), please beware of its 9% abv.
Our story is the story of two friends, Tim Edmond and Dan Potter. The short version is that we are college buddies who shared a love of home-brewing beer, which chance and good fortune transformed into a passion for craft cider. Our path to cider-making was roundabout, but cider embodied the perfect confluence of our interests in agriculture, fermentation, experimentation and discovery. Our journeys and backgrounds have given us unique perspectives that influence our approach to cider-making, from the apples that we use to the way that we choose to do business. We continue to be excited by the sense of what is undiscovered – there are still so many apple varieties, yeast strains, and styles of ciders to explore. We’ve had a lot of help along the way with strong support from family, friends, and the Charlottesville community, for which we are deeply appreciative.