Wild Apple Cider Tasting

Ugly Apple Cider

From tree to glass: Lanark County’s apple heritage celebrated by award winning cidery

Cider lovers will drink in news of the opening of an award-winning cidery in Lanark County, with a fresh take on one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages – golden and delicious cider. Ugly Apple cidery is offering flavourful ciders with a homegrown (and Lanark County) twist.

Arguably the oldest alcoholic beverage on the continent, cider made from Lanark County apples is as unique as its region. In fact, cider is similar to wine in that respect; just as fine wines are flavoured by the terroir of the region in which they’re grown, so too does cider reflect the geography of the region where it’s produced.

For the adventurous cider lover, family-owned Ugly Apple is an award-winning Lanark Highlands micro-cidery bringing a twist to cider-making. By using exclusively wild apples to make its cider, Ugly Apple is creating a true “Lanark County” beverage, one that brings with it the flavours of the region. Fermented using natural or wild yeasts native to Lanark County, the ingredient list for Ugly Apple cider is short but sweet: Apples.

A visit to Ugly Apple cidery is a true adventure where visitors are invited to savour cider produced as it would have been hundreds of years ago, using organic, local apples that are crushed, fermented using wild yeasts, and served cold. Visitors can choose an educational experience and take a trail walk to learn more about wild apple trees and their role in the local ecosystem.

Ugly Apple ciders are offered in wine bottles and corked like wine, with a complex flavour profile, similar to European ciders. It’s also uncarbonated, crisp, and a one-of-a-kind product made exclusively with ugly apples; the small, and often mouth-puckering wild apples that can make cider taste so good. In 2019, Ugly Apple  introduced a “Myzer,” made from maple syrup and cider, bringing a Lanark County twist to cyzer, a combination of cider and mead.

Contact uglyapplecider@gmail.com to place an order or arrange for a sampling. 

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