Fans of Jack’s Hard Cider can find our refreshing apple ciders in many bars and retail outlets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Washington D.C. But sometimes you need to make a special trip to the home of our cidery in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, right outside of historic Gettysburg, if you want to get a taste of something extra special. Every so often, we release a truly distinct cider (like our Ice Cider) that only makes an appearance in Adams County and then it’s gone!
Joe Cuneo-Tomasi, one of our cider makers, explains, “Our research and development program is always churning out new ideas and ciders that correspond with the season. Over the winter we played with maple, oak bourbon barrels, honey and coffee. Our Bourbon Cider is actually debuting exclusively at The Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg—just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.”
He continues, “The Bourbon Cider was made using bourbon barrels from A. Smith Bowman Distillery out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Before we got the barrels, John Jefferies Bourbon was aged in there for about 10 years. We are skimming off the top of 10 years of hard work in a process I’m calling flash aging.”
Cider maker Brian Bolzan shares, “We currently have a new maple cider that’s on draft at our winery tasting room. Maple Cider is the first release in our new small-batch series. It has sharp apple character punctuated by delicate maple in the finish that’s equally welcome at breakfast time or party time. With our new small batch series, we are inviting you on a journey to experience the flavors we’re experimenting with.”
“Maple Cider is made with 4.5 gallons of local maple syrup from Hamilton’s Pure Maple Products in Tioga county,” he continues. “It is a semi-sweet cider, but it is never cloying. We used Grade B dark amber maple syrup for its richness and to impart a smooth mouth feel. It is 4.5% ABV.”
Brain says, “We enjoyed making maple cider because it gave us another opportunity to partner with great local farmers to craft a unique cider meant to be enjoyed in this season, as spring awakens and maple sap begins to run plentifully. Be on the lookout for future releases in this series, including more variations of the maple cider, a honey cyser and many more creations featuring local Adams County fruit.”
So, what ciders might you find in the future exclusively in Adams County? A coffee, bourbon and honey cider should be available in the Tasting Room at the end of April. Cider maker Joe also hints at the possibility of a honey-blueberry cider, a strawberry-kiwi cider and an apricot-maple cider—yum! Some of our special releases will also be available at upcoming events at the cidery, including The Hard Cider Run on April 16 and PA CiderFest on June 25.
The Tasting Room is located at 410 Cashtown Road in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. The Tasting Room is open for tours and tastings seven days a week. For more information about the Tasting Room and hours of operation, please visit our FAQ page.
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