Eden Specialty Cider: From Way Up North

Cider that tastes like apples.

“Our greatest pleasure as cidermakers is working with the extraordinary apples we have in our region and the people who grow them.” ~ Eleanor and Albert Léger

Location: Newport, Vermont

Distance from the Market: 118 miles

Eden Specialty Ciders are made way up in the Northeast Kingdom, in Newport, Vermont. This family-owned cidery uses apples from their own Eden Orchards and a handful of other local farms.

Eden Orchards grows 35 different varieties of apples, including traditional New England Heirloom varieties, local seedling varieties, and Old-World varieties that originated in France and England. They use the natural winter cold in northern Vermont to concentrate the flavors and sugars of the apples before fermentation, instead of employing aggressive manipulation and industrial beer and wine processing techniques. And they never use sugar, colorings, acids, or industrial flavorings in their products.

Why We Love Them: First of all, we love working with nice people, and the folks at Eden are lovely. On top of that, their ciders are simply delicious. They taste like apples, which may sound weird, but some ciders don’t. Their ciders are fresh tasting, well-balanced, and easy to drink.

Eden’s cider maker, Garrett, checks out the harvest.

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