Driving Directions to Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery from Interstate 40:
Take I-40 to Exit 59 (Swannanoa)
Go north down the hill to the stop light and take a RIGHT onto US 70.
Head east on US 70 for about 2 miles. Just after you cross a railroad track, take a LEFT at the traffic light onto Grovestone Road.
Go about ¼ mile and take a RIGHT into the Eastside Business Park (look for the sign), just past the sign for the Oak & Grist Distillery but before the stoplight. Follow the road a ways as it curves left around the building towards the large silo and you'll the see a parking lot to the right of the silo. Look for Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery in the right corner (you'll see a picnic and patio umbrella, and garden in the summer), unit #307, and park in any of the spaces. If you drive past the back of Pisgah Brewing Company, you’ve gone too far.
GPS: 104 Eastside Business Drive, Unit 307, Black Mountain. Please be advised, GPS will take you to the front entrance of the Eastside Business Park so you will be approaching us from the opposite side of Pisgah Brewing.
Where do you get your apples?
Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery only uses apples from nearby Hendersonville, North Carolina which produces 85% of all North Carolina apples. Specifically, we choose apples from Lyda Farms and the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Co-Op, which sources from all the orchards in the area. We also occasionally forage for wild apples and crab apples, and happily accept apple donations from fellow foragers!
What is mead?
Mead is wine fermented from honey, sometimes with addition of fruit and/or herbs. Mead is the oldest known alcohol and has a presence within numerous cultures across the world.
Where do you get your honey?
We use honey sourced both locally and regionally from NC, SC, and GA (and sometimes Florida). We get as much as possible from beekeepers in Buncombe and McDowell counties. Small batches of honey are available to us from local beekeepers and farms, and we also purchase honey in bulk with the help of local honey stores. We also happily accept donations from beekeepers willing to share. We love trying homebrew cider/mead donations, too!
Are children and pets allowed in your taproom?
Yes, both children and pets are welcome and we serve ginger ale and apple juice as non-alcoholic options.
Do you serve food?
We do not serve food but you are welcome to bring it or order some for delivery to the taproom. There is often a food truck next door as Pisgah Brewing; you can check the schedule here.
Do you produce your cider and mead at the taproom?
Our taproom and production facility are in the same space.
Do you offer tours of your facility?
We don’t have official tours dates/times but are happy to talk about all aspects of our production with transparency when you visit our taproom.
I’ve had cider before and I didn't like it because it was too sweet. How is your cider different?
We only produce real cider, cider that is made from 100% apple juice and without undesirable ingredients such as concentrates, manufactured (artificial or “natural”) flavors, fake apple essence or high-fructose corn syrup. The cider you may have had before, if produced on a large commercial scale, was most likely made with such undesirable ingredients and not real cider at all.
Is your cider and mead gluten free?
Yes, cider and mead are naturally gluten free and we don’t serve beer so there is no chance of contamination.
Do I need a reservation?
No, you do not.
What should I expect upon visiting?
We have a taproom that serves our ciders and mead on draft in the space as our manufacturing facility, which is within an old reclaimed furniture factory nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just east of Asheville. For help with getting to us, please see the directions at the top of this page. Our ciders and meads are served on draft, so the best way to try them is in a flight—a sampling of your choosing. From there, you can choose a larger pour to enjoy while visiting or to take some home in a growler.
Can I buy a gift card for your taproom?
Yes, you can get them here.