Episode #224 – McRitchie Ciderworks – Hard Cider

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Today we are drinking something new for us, a cider, and particularly the McRitchie Hard Cider out of McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks of Thurmond, just north of Elkin. McRitchie Ciderworks says it was North Carolina’s first cidery and they use only North Carolina mountain grown heirloom apples. The style of McRitchie Hard Cider is billed as “similar to that traditionally found in the Brittany region of northern France, a sharp, dry, brilliantly clear sparkling beverage.” The apples are handpicked at an orchard located in the Brushy Mountains of North Carolina. Each blend is selected from a variety of heritage mountain apples with the goal of creating a structured, elegant cider that captures the essence of a fresh picked apple. This is a true artisanal product of North Carolina.