Carr’s Cider makes a few varieties of hard ciders, depending both what varieties of apples they can get and what sort of mindset Jonathan, the owner, is in. No matter which cider Carr’s produces, they are all barrel-aged for at least six months, which makes a drastic difference in taste. Carr’s grows a variety of apples within their own orchard, including Golden Russet, Yarlington, and Dabinett. When the growing season is poor, as it was this past year, the cider house buys in apples such as Fortune and Empire from another local grower. For the general public, Carr’s “Fortune” cider is currently available for sale at the following two locations in Massachusetts:
“Fortune” hard cider is a very crisp cider ripe with acidity. Carr’s describes it as “an excellent light, sparkling cider made from the fabulous mid-modern cultivar ‘Fortune’.” Unlike “Fortune,” which runs at a moderate 6.5% alcohol by volume, Carr’s upcoming “Orchard Run” packs a punch with 12% a.b.v. which shows its wine-like strength. Two other varieties that are pending federal label approval are “Golden Russet” and “Apple Pommeau.” Warning: these last two are not for the faint at heart, as they weigh in at 13.5% a.b.v. and 19.5% a.b.v. respectively.
Carr’s Ciderhouse has come with eight long years of hard work. The orchard at Carr’s began with 1,500 apple trees back in 2007 in North Hadley, Massachusetts (It’s what owner Jonathan Carr puts into the soil that produces such flavorsome apples!). To top it all off, the orchard provides an astonishing view of the Connecticut River Valley.“The First Press of the Season”
Carr’s is sold in 750ml bottles. The cider house is working on getting their cider on top in the near future.
Visit Carr’s Cider House online at carrsciderhouse.com.
Plan on visiting Massachusetts soon? Having any relatives in the area? Make sure to sit back and relax with a hard cider from Carr’s.