Family-run business making small-batch hard cider using local and mountain apples. The cider is on tap and on shelf locally, and they’re open for tours by request. They are featured in the Fair Game Beverage tasting room, open Friday-Sunday.
Chatham Cider Works is part of the Heart of NC Trails and is available at Fair Game Beverage Company, 580 Craft Beer, and Chatham Marketplace.
Sun, Sep 10, 2pm – 4pm
Beers From Here
The collaboration between local beverage producers and the Triangle Land Conservancy, Beers From Here is a worthwhile event for guests. Each participant will lead foraging walks through nearby TLC preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing ingredients collected during the walk.
The four participants are Steel String, Fullsteam Brewery, Mystery Brewing Company, and Chatham Cider Works. Each producer has agreed to donate a portion of their sales from their beverage directly to TLC to support their efforts of managing and protecting wild spaces around the Triangle. Piedmont Picnic Project will help guide the walks and provide plenty of information on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices. Walks are free and open to the public, space will be limited and sign up required. Sign up pages available shortly.
Mystery Brewing Company – Sun, Sep 10, 9am – 11am, Brumley Forest
Chatham Cider Works – Sun, Sep 10, 2pm – 4pm, White Pines Preserve
Steel String Brewery – Sat, Sep 16, 2pm – 4pm, Brumley Forest
Fullsteam Brewery – Sun, Sep 17, time TBA, Horton Grove
The cidery is owned and operated by Maureen Ahmad and Jim Crawford. “We wanted to make a cider that tasted like what my family drank on my uncle’s farm,” says Jim. CCW’s hard cider is unfiltered, and higher in alcohol than most other commercial brands. It sits between a wine and a beer in alcohol levels. CCW’s product will be available in kegs and 750 ml bottles. The bottled cider is naturally carbonated, with a final fermentation in the bottle that produces a fine bubble and distinct flavor unlike most ciders that are force carbonated.
Hard cider used to be widely made and drunk in the United States, but it died out during Prohibition. It is enjoying a resurgence, with cider makers and consumers discovering how varied the product can be.
The selection of apples for cider has a significant impact on the flavor. CCW sources apples for flavor profiles that produce a balanced cider with light acidity and tannins. “The fun is tasting different apples and what they produce,” says Maureen. “We’ve made wonderful cider from backyard apples grown right here. We hope to press more backyard apples for a truly local cider later this year.”