What did our pioneer forefathers (and foremothers) drink to wash down a meal or quench their thirst? Well, Tasting Room Director Jason Neremberg says colonial drinks of choice included cider… hard cider. We headed through rolling hills and farmland a few miles outside Lewisburg, West Virginia to find the home of Appalachian Hard Cider and Mead. On a beautiful farm setting dotted with sheep we found our knowledgeable and pleasant host offering 5 cider samples for $5.00. Who would say no?
Jason doesn’t just explain the process in making cider, he engages you in thought and conversation about continuing the tradition of using home grown apples and fruits to produce the tasty libation. Unlike many of the mostly sweet Mountain State wines and ciders, Hawk Knob cider is on the dry side and filled with palate pleasing flavors. Our favorite was the “Wild Fermented Traditional Dry Hard Cider.” A drink that would pair well with a variety of savory foods.
Jason gave us a wonderful tour of the cider distillery and answered all of our questions. Hawk Knob has all kinds of events from music to farm to table dinners with famous chefs.
This is a great off the beaten path visit. Go to Info@hawkknob.com and then, go take a taste of history.