Franklin County Cider Days, November 1-3, 2019Cider press and apple tasting

The 2020 CiderDays Cider Trail is here! Visit our friends at these 16 stops all season long and beyond! 

On the traditional CiderDays weekend, November 7th-8th, many venues will be offering special Covid friendly activities.  See more below. 

artifact cider florence reflectionArtifact Cider Project

34 N. Maple Street, Suite 15, Florence MA 01062
Fridays, 3 - 9 pm; Saturdays, 1 - 9 pm; Sundays, 1 - 7 pm
Artifact Cider Project Website
Artifact Cider Project on Facebook
(508) 308-7361

We make cider for the new Northeast. We produce craft cider in a variety of styles by respecting tradition, but refusing to let it limit us. Using local apples and innovative cidermaking practices, we create ciders that are as authentic, eclectic, and forward-looking as the region they come from. Artifact was founded in 2014 by Jake Mazar and Soham Bhatt and is based in Florence, Massachusetts.

On CiderDays weekend (Nov. 7-8) we'll have a number of limited release taproom-only "cellar projects" available on draft and for takeaway in bottles. We also have a special CiderDays food menu at the taproom, highlighted by apple galettes made in collaboration with the Florence Pie Bar, featuring Baldwins from Pine Hill.

Artisan Beverage.cyzerArtisan Beverage Cooperative

324 Wells St. Greenfield, MA
Saturdays 12-2pm
Artisan Beverage Cooperative Website
Artisan Beverage Cooperative on Facebook
(413) 335-0576

Artisan Beverage Cooperative—makers of many gluten-free, high-quality beverages.

For Cider Days we offer our famous Valley and Whiskey cyzers. Apple-honey wine made with cider from Clarkdale Fruit Farm and honey from Western Mass. 

Our apple cider kombucha is back just in time for Cider Days Weekend! (Nov. 7-8) Made with locally sourced cider from @clarkdalefruitfarms, this limited batch is available in growlers exclusively through ArtBev curbside pickup on Saturday from 12-2pm.

Cyzers are a variation of mead, a traditional fermented honey wine, but instead of water, cider is used. Both our cyzers are made with local raw honey and cider from Clarkdale Fruit Farm.

The Whiskey Cyzer gets its name because it was aged in Bully Boy whiskey barrels before bottling, giving it a slightly smokier and oak-ier flavor profile than the Valley Cyzer.

Both variations have been aging to perfection and supplies are limited. 14% ABV Gluten-free.

Valley Cyzer - $15/ 500ml bottle
Whiskey Cyzer - $20/ 500ml bottle

Bear SwampBear Swamp Orchard - Distillery and Cidery

1209 B Hawley Rd., Ashfield MA 01330
Bottle Shop Saturday and Sunday 1-5 CIderDays Weekend Nov. 7-8
Online orders accepted with pick up Satur
days between 2-4pm
Bear Swamp Orchard Website
Bear Swamp Orchard on Facebook
Phone Number: (413) 625-2849

The apple brandy/hard cider bottle shop and tasting room is open two more weekends this season, October 10th & 11th, and November 7th & 8th (traditional cider days weekend) 1-5 PM all dates. Besides that we will still offer Saturday afternoon in person pick up for orders through our online store until the end of November.

We are a very small, family-run, Certified Organic orchard, hard cider producer and distillery in Ashfield, Massachusetts We are growing apples as sustainably as we can, taking into account the health of the flora and fauna as part of the orchard system.

CiderDays Weekend (Nov. 7-8) we will offer hard cider and brandy tastings.

We have a beautiful farm at the top of the hills on the east side of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, with views that reach out to Vermont and New Hampshire. We also border the Trustees of Reservations Bear Swamp Reservation, which offers miles of scenic hiking trails and views of its own.
Some of what you’ll find in 2020:
Hard Cider, brandy and liqueurs.
Vinegar (raw, unpasteurized, untreated)
Jams and Jellies
Maple syrup

Beaver Pond Distillery

88 Woodward Rd. Petersham, MA 01366
By appointment only
Beaver Pond Distillery Website
Beaver Pond Distillery Facebook Page
Jerry's cell: 617-930-0936 call or text him!

Micro distillery making apple brandy, apricot, cherry, peach and pear eau de vie and plum slivovitz. We use all local and regional fruit to make our distilled spirits. CiderDays weekend - special tastings (Nov. 7-8)

Berkshire Cider Project shoot edited selects 66 1Berkshire Cider Project

508 State Road, North Adams, MA 01247, In the Greylock WORKS mill complex
Friday and Saturday 12-6pm. Check our website for special CiderDays events.
Berkshire Cider Project Website
Berkshire Cider Project on Facebook
(413) 409-6058

Berkshire Cider Project is a new craft cidery focused on dry sparkling ciders. Located in a beautiful former textile mill with adjacent café and distillery. We’re open for tastings, CIDER merch, and bottles to-go.

Berkshire Cider Project opened in July 2020. Our dry ciders start in the orchards and forgotten apple trees across Berkshire country. We focus on traditional techniques to craft sparkling ciders that are refreshingly complex yet accessible! Our bright labels and tie-dye accessories are inspired by warm Berkshire summers and the modern art at MassMoCA, just down the road. By partnering with orchards across the county we hope to share our deep interest in agricultural development and sustainability. Located at the beautiful Greylock WORKS facility– a former textile mill turned event venue, co-working space and food incubator. An adjacent café, The Break Room, is open Thursday-Sunday 8am-3pm. Check our website for special CiderDays events

carrsCarr’s Ciderhouse

Farm Store is located at 295 River Drive, Hadley, MA 01035
Farm Store open Thursday-Friday, 3-6 pm; Saturday 12-6 pm; and Sunday 12-3 pm. Also open by appointment: call (413) 336-7363
Carr's Ciderhouse Website
Carr's Ciderhouse on Facebook

Farm shop featuring Carr’s wild-fermented hard ciders, vinegars, cider syrup, fruit shrubs, and more.

Preservation Orchard is the home of Carr's Ciderhouse where we practice regenerative agriculture and evolutionary orcharding - low input silvopasture for carbon sequestration, no-spray for avian and pollinator habitat, and traditional and experimental cultivars for pest and disease resistance. All of our hard ciders are wild fermented in our uninsulated press barn over the course of 5-6 months. We find that this slow and low-temperature fermentation reveals depth and complexity in the cider. We press our apples, along with wild foraged apples and forgotten orchard apples, on a century old Mt.Gilead rack and cloth press.

On CiderDays weekend (Nov. 7-8) we will be holding a fun tasting event at our Farm Shop, located at 295 River Drive in Hadley, MA. We will be open on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday Nov. 8 from 12-5. Please see our website for event details, info about parking, and important updates.

Carr’s ciders are $12-$15/750 ml bottle

ClarkdaleClarkdale Fruit Farms

303 Upper Road, Deerfield
Retail store open 9am-5pm every day of the week, August-December. Open weekends only in the winter months.
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Website
Clarkdale Fruit Farms Facebook Page
(413) 772-6797

Fourth-generation family orchard growing high-quality tree fruit since 1915. We farm 45 acres and grow over 50 varieties of apples, including several heirlooms. Our diverse plantings also include pears, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, and grapes. We produce our own sweet cider in season, and offer several special blends for holidays in the Fall. Bulk cider for fermenting is available upon request. Find us on fb and Instagram as well.

HeadwaterHeadwater Cider

112 Forget Road
Hawley, MA 01339
Open weekends, Oct. 10-November 8; 10-5 Saturdays and Sundays
Headwater Cider Website
Headwater Cider on Facebook
(413) 695-6099

Grow What You Press. Press What You Grow.
Estate Cider from Franklin County. Crisp and Dry. Grown, Pressed, and Bottled here at the orchard. Sample and purchase a range of alcoholic ciders at the source!

$12 / 750ml bottle

new salemNew Salem Preserves & New Salem Cider

67 South Main St. in New Salem, Massachusetts. Parking available in marked areas across from driveway.
Hours of operation:
Farm Store open every day, 10am-6pm
Cider Garden open 12pm – 6pm and staffed on weekends
The cider garden will stay open up to Thanksgiving, with a fire pit lit on weekends, and growlers will be for sale through the first two weeks of December.
New Salem Cider Website
New Salem Cider on Facebook
(617) 634-9392

Historic farmstead and cidery producing and selling heritage hard ciders, heirloom apples, sweet ciders, cider donuts and other locally sourced products. Outdoor Cider Garden for enjoying hard ciders and freshly baked German soft pretzels.

New Salem Preserves & Orchards, long known for rich, sweet cider made from century-old heirloom apple trees is now in its third season offering their own small-batch vintage hard ciders. Cider can be exclusively purchased by the growler or enjoyed by the glass on premises—a 1750 farmstead overlooking orchards, stonewalls and the Quabbin Reservoir, in their newly opened Cider Garden. Dogs are always welcome and BYO picnics encouraged, as the entire farm is open for guests to wander, explore and of course, enjoy our hard cider.

For the last weekend in October and the first weekend in November, weather permitting, we will be offering small outdoor workshops on home cider making, vinegar making, pruning and orcharding; check the website and Facebook page for additional information and times.

In addition to apples, cider donuts, sweet and hard ciders and preserves, several vendors will also be on site to sell local products. Space will be limited by state restricted event capacity and we will post this as well as any updates on the website and Facebook pages as the dates approach.

About our Hard & Sweet Ciders
Emphasizing sustainable and traditional methods in the cultivation of their apples, New Salem Preserves & Orchards has made traditional sweet cider for more than 30 years. Sourced from just 150 trees with an average age of more than 125 years, apples are hand-picked at peak ripeness and sorted at press time, producing what locals and cider cognoscenti consider to be perhaps the best sweet cider in the state. Since 2018 the farm has been selling their limited batch hard cider, created by William Grote, an award-winning cider maker from Boston. Grote’s ciders have won more than 30 medals at international cider competition GLINTCAP and taken top honors for the past three years at Franklin County Cider Days.

The historical barn and cider mill is the smallest licensed hard cidery in the state, with a capacity of just 1,000 gallons per year. New Salem ciders are vintage, made from apples harvested in the late fall, fermented naturally and slowly with wild yeasts over the course of winter, aged in our temperature controlled cider mill throughout spring and summer for flavor development, until they are finally blended—almost a year later—for complexity and balance. This slow, cool aging process ensures a brilliantly clear cider without the need for filtration that is also naturally carbonated. The resulting ciders are similar to a dry sparkling wine, with close to zero residual sugar, and are completely gluten free.

32 oz. mini-growler of hard cider – $18-$20
Refills - $13-$15
13oz glass - $6

phoenixPhoenix Fruit Farm

49 Sabin Street (farm), 401 Mill Valley Road (store), Belchertown, MA 01007
Store open daily, Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 10-6
Phoenix Fruit Farm website

Phoenix Fruit Farm on Facebook
(978) 430-9459

Orchard with 20 acres of apples, 5 acres of peaches, and a farm store featuring locally grown produce and locally made foods. Phoenix Fruit Farm was founded in 2017 by Elly Vaughan, a graduate of U. Mass with a degree in Plant and Soil Science. We press and sell our own raw, unpasteurized cider and actively building toward making our own hard cider, as part of our diversification plans.

pine hillPine Hill Orchards

248 Greenfield Road, Colrain, MA 01340
Store open daily 9am-6 pm, year-round. Food trailer operates Thursday-Sunday 9 am-4 pm, seasonally
Pine Hill Orchard website
Pine Hill Orchards on Facebook

(413) 624-3325

Orchard selling apples, cider and locally made foods.

Special Blend Cider Sale for Cider Days Weekend (Nov. 7-8): We will be offering our fresh-pressed specialty blends for bulk sale! Four different blends with multiple cider varieties used. 4000+ gallons will be available on November 7th and 8th from 9am to 5pm ONLY!! First come first served! Bob DeLisle and Charlie Olchowski will be available all Saturday morning at the juice room to answer cider making questions and to give guidance. And…Our Farm Store is open year-round from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Our New Food Trailer is open seasonally Thursday through Sunday serving over-the -top burgers, poutine, irresistible fried dough, and more! Don’t forget our Famous Cider Donuts! From our Family to Yours…Happy Cider Days!

raggedhillRagged Hill Cider Company

94 John Gilbert Rd, West Brookfield, MA 01585
From Sept. 1-Dec 31, Friday 2p-5p, Saturday 11a-4p, Sunday 11a-4p
Ragged Hill Cider Website
Ragged Hill on Facebook
(415) 405-5215

Ragged Hill Cider Company is an award-winning orchard-based craft cidery, specializing in small batch ciders made using traditional methods with no added sugar. All the apples we use are proudly grown, picked, pressed, fermented and bottled at our 100% solar-powered orchard and cidery in West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Located in a beautiful hilltop orchard just East of the Quabbin Reservoir. The orchard offers pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears and about 30 varieties of apples. All of our ciders are made in the orchard with fruit grown solely at the orchard.

Cider Offerings:

Traditional Dry ABV 6.4% -Light, crisp, refreshing
Traditional Semi-Dry ABV 5% - Light, aromatic, fruity
Rasé (Raspberry Rosé) ABV 5% - Semi-dry, raspberry infused
Honeycrisp ABV 7.1% - Semi-sweet, medium bodied, notes of honey and ripe stone fruit
Ice Cider ABV 12%

Our location is easily accessed from Route 9 or Route 32. Other local attractions include hiking at Rock House Reservation and the Quabbin Reservoir, breads and pastries at Rose32 Bakery, and Farm to Table dining at Salem Cross Inn & Tavern.

Ryan & Casey Liquors

(413) 775-6585
55 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01302
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat, 8 am-11 pm; Sun 10 am-9 pm
Ryan & Casey Website
Ryan and Casey on Facebook

Bottle shop featuring ciders from Western MA producers, as well as other national and international brands, plus wines, beers, and spirits. There will be samples and discounts on cider and all things apple from mid-October through Franklin County CiderDays weekend (Nov. 7-8).

corkShelburne Falls Cork

1 Deerfield Avenue, #2
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Wednesday- Saturday 11am - 6pm; Sunday 2pm - 5pm
Shelburne Falls Cork Website
Shelburne Falls Cork on Facebook
(413) 362-0265

Hard cider, artisanal wine, craft beer, local cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, and preserves. It is my desire to sell local hard ciders, craft beer, and wine from family-owned wineries, where I think the best values are found. We also carry local cheese and charcuterie from Massachusetts and Vermont. And of course, we have case discount of 10% for mixed or not mixed cases of hard cider and wine.

92 Stan s Liquor Stan’s Liquor Mart

1586 South Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
(Covid hours) Mon – Sat 10-8 Sunday 11-5
(Normal Hours) Mon – Sat 9-9 Sunday 10-6
Stans Liquor Mart on Facebook
(978) 249-9550

Stan’s offers over 75 different hard ciders with our main focus on ciders made in New England. With everything from artisanal table ciders to 4 packs of fruited sweet ciders we try to carry a broad spectrum of the category.

Stan’s Liquor Mart is a family-run business with over 30 years of experience. Besides our large selection of hard ciders we focus on craft beer and fine wines and we have an extensive selection of whiskies and other liquors. We offer a safe clean shopping experience and we are located 5 minutes off of Route 2.

wccWest County Cider

208 Peckville Rd. Shelburne MA 01370
Thurs. 2-5, Fri. 3-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-6
West County Cider Website
West County Facebook Page
(413) 768-9318

Come visit the oldest running cider house in the country. Our tap room and bottle shop at 208 Peckville Road in Shelburne will be open Thursday through Sunday this fall. Come for our legendary ciders while enjoying our hiking trails and picnic grounds with a glorious three state view.

CiderDays Weekend Special Hours (Nov. 7-8): Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-5, Release of Special 2020 Harvest Cider Cider flights with fresh, local, handmade pretzels from Rise Above bakery, fire pit, hiking trails, picnic areas with 3-state view.

West County Cider was started by the Maloney family in 1984 with a commitment to making small-batch ciders with impeccable apples from local orchards. Thirty-five years later, our family has grown but the tradition continues. We use fine-winemaking techniques and focus on freshness of flavor and total respect for each individual apple variety. Every harvest year represents a new a foray into the possibility of the apple.

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