Sipping Ciders



Cider Week Virginia is coming up, November 10-19, and we have the lowdown on what to check out on the Fields of Gold Farm Trail.

There are two member cideries participating:

Big Fish Cider in Monterey, VA micro cidery in Moneterey, VA making cider with traditional apples, traditional techniques and a completely new flavor.




old hill hard ciderOld Hill Cider in Timberville, VA

www.oldhillcider.comOld Hill Cider is located on one of the oldest orchards in the Shenandoah Valley-Showalter’s Orchard. Sarah and Shannon’s family has been growing apples on their Old Hill for over 50 years. The Showalter’s are working to revive an American Tradition…crafting cider in a way that the Colonial Cidermakers of early America would be proud to drink and to serve.




And several events

Inn- Cider Dinner – featuring Big Fish Cider Co.

Saturday, November 11 at 6 pm
Highland Inn, 68 Main Street, Monterey, Va

Join Cidermaker Kirk Billingsley for the 2nd annual Inn Cider dinner – 5 Big Fish ciders paired with 5 delicious seasonal dishes prepared by chef Dan Evans. The 2016 dinner sold out early so call the Highland Inn for tickets at 540-468-2143.

Meet the Cidermaker from Old Hill Hard Cider

Thursday, November 16 from 5-7 pm
Midtowne Bottleshop, 29 W Water St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Shannon, Cidermaker and owner at Old Hill Hard Cider, will be doing a tasting to celebrate Cider Week VA!

Open House at Big Fish Cider Co.

Friday, November 17 from 4-7 pm and Saturday, November 18 from 2-7 pm
Big Fish Cider Company, 59 Spruce St., Monterey, VA

Enjoy the rustic tasting room with tours, glass giveaways, Cidermaker’s talk and specials.

Steal the Glass – Big Fish Cider Co.

Friday, November 17 at 5 pm
Capital Ale House, 41-A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA

Take home a free Big Fish Cider Co. logo glass with cider purchase.

Cider Making Workshop & Open House at Old Hill Hard Cider

Saturday, November 18 from 10 am – 5 pm
Showalter’s Orchard & Old Hill Hard Cider, 17768 Honeyville Rd, Timberville, VA

Celebrate Cider Week Virginia at the orchard with a cider-making workshop from 10 am – 12 pm and special tastings in the tasting room. There will also be a food truck, apple cider glazed donuts and hot mulled cider.
Workshop registration is free with kits available for purchase.

Brunch featuring Old Hill Hard Cider

Sunday, November 19 at 12 pm
Joshua Wilton House, 44 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

Join us in celebrating Virginia Hard Cider Week this year by teaming up with Showalter’s Orchard to bring to you an Old Hill Cider Brunch! The chefs are creating a multi-course brunch tasting menu specifically paired with a lineup of Old Hill Hard Ciders. Price per person is $45 excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are limited and required, so call 540-434-4464 to make yours today!