A brand new website dedicated solely to all things hard cideries in North Carolina has just launched, for North Carolinians and tourists alike.
The first-ever N.C. Cider Trail website, CiderNC.com, is a culmination of 16 hard cideries across the state coming together to promote hard cider in its resurgence, and to make it easier for patrons to find what they're looking for.
“We’ve all been so focused on our craft and serving customers that we never took the time to pull it all together until now,” said Lyndon Smith, president of the North Carolina Cider Association and owner of Botanist & Barrel. “It's remarkable how many cideries there are across the state and how distinct each cidery is — so this endeavor is long overdue."
The website features an interactive map that allows visitors to type in their location anywhere in N.C. and immediately view which cideries are nearby. Also on the website, guests can find information specific to each cidery, including details like food menus, pet friendliness, tours and even live music.
“We’ve seen several new cideries open in the last few years, but we feel the renaissance is just beginning,” said John Clowney, CEO of Bull City Ciderworks.
North Carolina is the seventh-largest apple growing state in the United States, and participating cideries on the trail aim to showcase the incredible diversity of cider as a beverage.
While cider currently makes up just 1% of alcoholic beverage sales in the U.S., this percentage is rapidly rising. In the United Kingdom, cider sales comprise 15% of overall beverage sales.
“I think we will continue to see huge increases in the coming years and decades,” said Rick Benfield, of GoodRoad Ciderworks.
“People love trying new things that have some familiarity in a category,” said Amie Fields — North Carolina's first certified Pommelier. “You’ll see many beer drinkers seeking fruited ciders, hopped ciders, sour ciders, and barrel-aged ciders."
The 16 participating cideries are:
- Appalachian Ride Artisan Cidery in Hendersonville
- Barn Door Ciderworks in Fletcher
- Black Mountain Cider + Mead in Black Mountain
- Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River
- Botanist & Barrel in Asheville/Cedar Grove
- Bull City Ciderworks in Durham/Greensboro/Lexington/Cary
- Chatham Cider Works in Pittsboro
- Flat Rock Cider Company in Flat Rock
- James Creek Ciderhouse in Cameron
- GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte
- McRichie Winery & Ciderworks in Thurmond
- Molley Chomper Hard Cider in Lansing
- Noble Cider in Asheville
- St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville
- Red Clay Ciderworks in Charlotte
- Urban Orchard Cider Company in Asheville