An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, if you’re not into eating fruit every day, Hendersonville, N.C. has your solution – hard cider.
The long-time leader in apple production is now growing into a fledgling town for the growing brewing industry. Hendersonville is already home to two cideries, with a third scheduled to open its doors this summer.
Jim Sparks and Jim Revis, both Hendersonville natives, were the first to open a cidery in Apple Country. Flat Rock Ciderworks was opened in 2014 with Wicked Peel (traditional apple cider) and Blackberry Gold (mountain-grown blackberry cider) as its two flagship beverages.
“We take the product all the way from the orchard to the bottle, keg or can,” Sparks said in a release. “It’s all local. We want to promote the local agriculture in our community.”
Not long after the success of Flat Rock, Bold Rock Hard Cider made its way down into North Carolina. Originally from Carter Mountain in Virginia, Bold Rock ventured down to Mills River to open a tasting room and production facility. With Carolina Apple and Carolina Draft now served exclusively in the N.C. location, Bold Rock has already become a huge part of the Hendersonville community.
“This is apple country,” says Jacqueline Terry, Bold Rock tap room and retail manager. “Why not use what we have? We’re doing what people have been doing for hundreds of years, but with a twist.”
Bold Rock and Flat Rock are about to have more company in the cider industry with Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders. Inside a renovated barn from the 1940s, Alan Ward’s company will set up shot directly across from his Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards.
Already known as the seventh-largest apple-producing county in the nation, Hendersonville is already making its mark in the cider industry. With more companies set to join the bustling brewing business, Apple Country is quickly becoming Cider Central in the Carolina mountains.