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Distillery Lane Ciderworks
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Jefferson
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

I read up on this location before visiting Frederick. but somehow missed that they weren't open during the week. My husband and I had driven up there and pulled up to the front of the distillery and saw a few people sitting outside the shop area and asked them if it was open (the sign said closed, but with people outside, who knew?) A tall white haired gentleman who turned out to be the owner said to come on in.

He took us inside, asked us to pardon the mess (they were painting, which is why they were all there), and let us try some bottles he already had open. Then he explained some things about the orchard, the other varieties of cider, and told us about upcoming events. As we were checking out with our purchases he explained that they weren't actually open! So nice!

2  Thank Sasha S
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

My husband and I visited Distillery Lane Ciderworks and took their cider making course. We loved the openness and generosity the owners and staff had in sharing their story, knowledge and craft cider. We had a wonderful time, learned a great deal, and drank high quality great tasting cider. These folks know how to host a good time and offer a variety of fun events for everyone's enjoyment, even just touring and tasting is a rewarding experience. If you're interested or curious about visiting, don't hesitate, a must go!

1  Thank Ashley T
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Distillery Lane Ciderworks is a gorgeous example of an apple farm. Their cider is delicious! I took the cider making course and learned a great deal about brewing. The owners and staff are a delight to be with and are very knowledgable about their craft. Overall it was a very enriching and enjoyable experience that I will definitely be returning to!

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Distillery Lane Ciderworks is open on weekends. Visit in the fall to buy apples and fresh cider; hard cider is sold all year round. In early September (Labor Day weekend) there's a "First Press Festival" with seafood and ice cream trucks, tours of the orchard (40 varieties of apples and pears, many of them rare heritage varieties), cider pressing demonstrations, bee keeping demonstrations, music and bales of straw to sit on. It's really fun!

1  Thank Catherine C
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

The ad for Distillery Lane Ciderworks looked great: for "First Press Day," tour the orchards, pick apples, taste local hard and fresh cider, and see bee-keeping demonstrations. We threw a cooler in the car and drove out, hoping to learn more about apples and bring back a cooler full of great cider.

So why did we drive home with an empty cooler? Not because the cider was so-so (it was); we would have bought some just to support a local industry. It was because the owner, who gave the tour, insisted on pushing his own politics on everyone.

As we entered the orchard, we saw a sign warning that there would be scary objects along the way to scare off deer. The owner quickly pointed out a "George Bush" tree, so named because it didn't produce anything worthwhile. He laughed and said there would be an "Obama" tree later in the tour, which was true, but all of the criticism was reserved for Republicans. On his electrified fence, he had posters of Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, which he said were to scare away the deer. A ugly scarecrow of Sarah Palin toting a gun was for the same purpose (see photo). As to the "Obama" tree, he said it didn't produce as much as he hoped, but that was because of bad soil, which the poor tree had inherited, so he was going to give it a few more years to produce. It wasn't its fault that it didn't produce what was hoped, he said. There was a Nancy Pelosi poster too, which he did not comment on.

If the jokes had been even-handed, that would have been fine. They weren't. We prefer our apples and cider without politics, so after a short visit to the visiting bee-keeper (Rick Kestler, from Let It Be Honey in Brunswick, MD, who made great honey) and some samples of the cider ($5 for four small tastes), we left empty-handed, thinking that a smarter businessman would have kept his politics to himself.

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