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Exploring Craft Cider in Central Pennsylvania

by Holly Riddle

Aug 24, 2019

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Destinations / North America

Adams County, Pennsylvania, is the largest apple-producing county in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country and, with all those apples, eventually you have to make some cider. That’s exactly what Adams County orchards are doing and cideries are popping up all over the region.


The best way to try them all is via the Adams County Pour Tour.


With Gettysburg as your basecamp, head into the rural countryside to discover the amazing orchards that await. There are six cideries within easy driving distance (though if you don’t necessarily want to drive, you can also find shuttles available on select days to help you indulge in the ciders you find on your way a little more safely).


A few you definitely want to check out?


Jack’s Hard Cider offers amazing views of the surrounding region from its setting atop a large hill. Grab one of the brand’s signature varieties, or a limited release; whether you prefer classic cider or an inventive pour infused with unique flavors like Earl Grey tea or peach and pear, you’ll find it here. If the weather’s nice, pull up a seat on the expansive terrace. Even if it’s not, you can still enjoy the view from indoors in the glass-encased tasting room. Check the brand’s calendar for regular special events, or make a point to visit during the big one: the Pennsylvania Cider Fest held each June, drawing thousands of guests and cideries from all over the state pouring hundreds of ciders.


Nearby, Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, a family-run farm that’s successfully attracted travelers from all over the Mid-Atlantic with its popular pick-your-own activities for decades, offers Boyer Cellars on site. Try amazing ciders and wines right within the orchards, as the friendly staff leads you through a tasting of some of the best. The farm market is right next door, too, so you can pick up some fresh produce on your way out.


Thirsty Farmer Brew Works is relatively new to Adams County’s brew scene. The small farm brewery serves both beer (the hops are grown right outside!) and hard cider. Order a flight and some tasty lunch and sit out on the covered deck, where, if you happen to arrive on the right day, you get a front-row seat to a dog dock diving show, as local furballs train and compete.


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