Lumberjack Yule
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Lumberjack Yule

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Break out your festive flannel and join us for a holiday celebration featuring our most merry ciders and meads, including:

THE HOLLY KING: cider infused with black currant and vanilla bean

POMDEMONIUM: pomegranate cider with a hint of clove

BLUE CHRISTMAS: cider infused with blueberry and cardamom

FENBERRY: cranberry and maple mead (acerglyn)

VIKING BLOOD: oaked-aged cherry cyser

MEDOVUKHA: Eastern European-style mead with clove and raisins

plus: CRANBERRY GINGER BEER (the boozy kind)

All-day camaraderie and evening fire pit (with Yule Log) Cheers!

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Wine Glass Painting With Le Painted Grape
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Glass Painting With Le Painted Grape

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Come join us for this fun and creative Wine Glass Painting Class held at Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery
104 Eastside Drive, Unit 307
Black Mountain, NC 28711
This month's design: Gingerbread
12/12 @ 7pm
In this 1.5 hour class, you will hand paint a design on a wine glass guided by an instructor from Le Painted Grape. All painting supplies and wine glass included. We teach you STEP BY STEP so no exp. necessary. Sign up with your friends! More information here.

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Real Cider Appreciation + Saxon Bottle Release
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

Real Cider Appreciation + Saxon Bottle Release

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Join us Saturday, November 17th for a day of reverence for the pillar of cidermaking: the apple. At this height of the harvest, we honor cidermaking tradition in serving real ciders that are focused on the apple, including: 

NUNCIO: young, buttery cider; first fermentation of the 2018 harvest

THE SAXON: dry German-style apfelwein

CHARLEMAGNE: semi-sweet apple cider

BLACK SCRUMPY: A dry single-varietal (and award-winning) dry scrumpy made in the style of the English West Country with whole apple, spontaneous fermentation, and lagered on the apple skins for 9 months before pressing.

POMONA: full-bodied flagship cider with bright, semi-dry finish 


Evening firepit and all-day camaraderie. Cheers to NC Cider Week!

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Wine Glass Painting with Le Painted Grape
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Wine Glass Painting with Le Painted Grape

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Come join us for this fun and creative Wine Glass Painting Class hosted by Le Painted Grape!
This month's design: Fall Leaves.
In this 1.5 hour class, you will hand paint a design on a wine glass guided by an instructor from Le Painted Grape. All painting supplies and wine glass included. Sip and cider or mead and be creative! Le Painted Grape will teach you step-by-step, so no experience necessary.

You can buy tickets in advance, or just show up. More information and tickets here.

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Mead Release for Sourwood Festival
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Mead Release for Sourwood Festival

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Join us the weekend of August 11th and 12th as we celebrate Black Mountain’s annual Sourwood Festival the best way we know how: with sourwood mead! We’ll release two special meads and will serve them all weekend:

BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG: Mead fermented with local sourwood honey

THE TYRANT: Oak-aged cherry mead with thyme and sourwood honey


Our taproom will be the only place in town serving sourwood mead (or any mead). See you there!



More about Sourwood Festival in downtown Black Mountain: https://www.exploreblackmountain.com/event/sourwood-festival/

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World Mead Day
Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

World Mead Day

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To increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among mead makers, Mead Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in August. This year, we’ll celebrate Mead Day with $1 off mead pours and $2 off mead growlers, plus the release of 4 meads:

THE MAYAN, pineapple sage mead with wildflower blossom honey

EL DRAQUE, Mojito-inspired mead with lime and mint

LEMON BALM, mead fermented with lemon balm and clover blossom honey.

KESKEN: mead with apricot and chai

Come talk about honey, bees, and all these meads! Skål!

 

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Brewgaloo 2018
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Brewgaloo 2018

We’ll be pouring your favorite ciders and meads this Saturday at Brewgaloo in Raleigh! Brewgaloo is the largest beer/cider/etc. festival in NC and will be taking over downtown Raleigh. If you live in the Triangle area, please come see us! More info and tickets here.

Brewgaloo line up:

Pomona: Semi-dry flagship apple cider

Good Queen Bess: Cider with lavender and wildflower honey

Golden Hind: Lemongrass cider

Viking Blood: Barrel-aged cherry cider

Black Sheep: Black currant and agave mead

Bluebeard: Blueberry and coriander mead

Zephyrus: Cider with candied orange peel and fresh ginger

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Mead & Mead: St. Patrick's Day Mead Release and Celebration
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Mead & Mead: St. Patrick's Day Mead Release and Celebration

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Join us this St. Patrick’s Day for Meat & Mead, a celebration of the end of winter and the coming warmth and fertility of the land. We’ll anticipate the vernal equinox with the release of BOUDICA, mead fermented with Irish Breakfast tea and clover honey, named for the Celtic Iceni queen who repelled occupying Roman forces. Celtic-inspired, mead-infused meats (and non meats) will be available to for a small donation for our local Friends2Ferals. Lots of other fresh meads and ciders will be on hand as well. Cheers, to fellowship and warmth, to rebirth and renewal!

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4th Anniversary Celebration
Sep
2
1:00 PM13:00

4th Anniversary Celebration

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Join us Saturday, September 2nd as we celebrate our 4th year anniversary(!), featuring:

Scarecrow release (chai cider)

The Mayan release (pineapple sage mead)

Viking Blood (barrel-aged cherry cider)

Apple-pressing demonstration with complimentary freshly-pressed juice

Cider and mead-based food pairing (while supplies last) with your donation to Friends2Ferals

Evening firepit with s’mores (weather permitting) and merrymaking

Fellowship with the ciderists/mazers, plus your favorite cider-slinger, Chris!

 

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Eclipsing At Ciderworks
Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Eclipsing At Ciderworks

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What’s the best way to watch the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental US in 38 years? With a real cider or mead in hand! Join us Monday, August 21st to watch this celestial event. We’ll release a new summery cider that day, made with NC cucumber and cantaloupe.

Although Black Mountain is not in the path of totality, from our location the moon will block the sun 98.9%. The partial eclipse will begin around 1, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 2:38 PM. The partial eclipse ends at 4:01 PM. Bring your eclipse glasses!

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Midsummer Merrymaking: "A Merrier Hour Was Never Wasted There"
Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Midsummer Merrymaking: "A Merrier Hour Was Never Wasted There"

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Join us Saturday, June 17th, as we celebrate the approach of the summer solstice with a day of cider, mead, and merrymaking! Midsummer, or the summer solstice, is vital to our craft as a fertile summer is necessary for the bountiful apple harvest on which we rely to make cider. We honor midsummer with the release of The Basilisk, cider with basil and honey, and some summer-inspired meads as well. Cider sangria will also be available!  We’ll light a fire pit in the evening, make s’mores,  and reflect on the summer’s abundance.

 A spread of cider and mead-based foods will be available in exchange for donations to Friends2Ferals, with whom we work to care for the feral cat population at the Eastside Business Park where Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery is located.

 The sun is universally acknowledged as the source of life, fecundity, and fertility. It has been worshipped by all cultures across the earth. This event will bring together myth and legend, offering new and old ways of the celebrating the turning of the season.  We invite you to a celebration of not only the sun and its life-giving energy, but of the life and light within each of us.  Summer-solstice-related costumes, props, and activities are welcome, as are pets (and behaved children are allowed).

 

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Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Zephyrus Cider & Boudica Mead Release

This St. Patrick's Day, we offer you A Modest Proposal: join us as we release Zephyrus, our spring cider with candied orange peel and fresh ginger! Zephyrus is the personification of the West Wind that ushers in the warmth and fertility necessary to grow, ripen, and harvest our cider apples, and we honor him with this bright and spicy seasonal offering.  

And since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll also be releasing Boudica, barrel-aged semi-sweet Irish breakfast tea mead, named for the Celtic warrior Queen of the Iceni who led a rebellion against Roman forces around the year 60 AD in Britannia. This bold, tannic sessionable mead is the ideal fierce companion to your St. Patrick’s Day revelry!

Cider and mead-inspired Irish hors-d'oeuvres will be available for which we’ll be accepting donations that will benefit local feral cat rescue organization Friends-2-Ferals.  

Children and pets are welcome, as always!

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Dec
10
to Dec 31

Viking Blood and Blue Christmas Available 12/10!

This Saturday we're releasing Blue Christmas, our seasonal blueberry and cardamom cider with honey!  We'll also release a special holiday batch of Viking Blood, our barrel-aged cherry cyser, and both will be available to take home in growlers.

We've just installed a few more taps and are serving more ciders and meads, including Pomdemonium, our pomegranate and clove cyser, and Brazen Head, a bochet (caramelized honey mead).  And we're serving up mulled apfelwein every night to keep you warm and  happy, so come see us soon!  Cheers!

 

 

 

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Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Guy Fawkes Celebration + Croatan Cider Release

  "Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot..."    Join us on Saturday, November 5th for a Guy Fawkes celebration and the release of Croatan, our fall cider with NC sweet potatoes and molasses! Every November 5th the British commemorate the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Guy Fawkes and other English Catholics planned to assassinate Protestant King James I and replace him with a Catholic head of state. They light large bonfires and burn Guy Fawkes in effigy to celebrate the failed plot and survival of their King.    We bring this celebration stateside with a more modest fire pit, and we encourage you to bring your own tiny effigy of Guy Fawkes or perhaps a modern-day politician (or anyone you’d like). We’ll burn effigies, make s'mores, and drink Croatan (we’ll also have non-alcoholic fresh apple juice and 9 other cider/meads). English-inspired bonfire day food will be available, for which we will ask a small donation for Friends to Ferals, with whom we work closely to the feral cats that live near the Ciderworks    Guy Fawkes masks and costumes are also welcome. Cheers!

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot..."

Join us on Saturday, November 5th for a Guy Fawkes celebration and the release of Croatan, our fall cider with NC sweet potatoes and molasses! Every November 5th the British commemorate the foiled Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Guy Fawkes and other English Catholics planned to assassinate Protestant King James I and replace him with a Catholic head of state. They light large bonfires and burn Guy Fawkes in effigy to celebrate the failed plot and survival of their King.

We bring this celebration stateside with a more modest fire pit, and we encourage you to bring your own tiny effigy of Guy Fawkes or perhaps a modern-day politician (or anyone you’d like). We’ll burn effigies, make s'mores, and drink Croatan (we’ll also have non-alcoholic fresh apple juice and 9 other cider/meads). English-inspired bonfire day food will be available, for which we will ask a small donation for Friends to Ferals, with whom we work closely to the feral cats that live near the Ciderworks

Guy Fawkes masks and costumes are also welcome. Cheers!

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Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Zephyrus Release Party

Please join us on Saturday, 3/19, as we celebrate the release of Zephyrus, our Spring cider with fresh ginger and candied orange peel. Named for the west wind that brings in the Spring. Zephyrus offers a velvety orange-oil caress followed by a spicy, correcting slap of ginger. We'll have a pot of stew to sharel, and non-alcoholic options as well. Our barrel-aged Irish Breakfast Tea + honey cider, Boadecia, will have just been freshly released (on St. Patrick's Day), so come enjoy these two new ciders and our hospitality! No fee; all ages and pets welcome!

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Feb
13
1:00 PM13:00

Valentine's Weekend Cider + Chili

Bring your sweetheart on Saturday 2/13 for some cider and chili!  We’ll have a large pot of chili to feed you (vegetarian option, too), and some new ciders for your drinking pleasure.  Come try The Churchill, cider made with elderberry, elderflower, and honey; and Golden Hind, our lemongrass + honey cider.  Admission is free.   Children and pets welcome!

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Dec
19
2:00 PM14:00

Yuletide Celebration + Holly King Release

Please join us in our celebration of Yuletide and the Winter Solstice! We’ll release The Holly King, our winter blend made with crab apples, black currant mead, honey, and vanilla.

According to folklore, during the solstice the Holly King seizes control from his fair-weather counterpart, the Oak King, who will in turn regain control during the Summer Solstice. As the Holly King is victorious with his reign of long nights and bitter cold, we celebrate not because of his victory, but despite it; our harvest was bountiful and we continue to eat, drink and revel--regardless of the cold--until the Oak King comes again to bring us warmth and fecundity, leading to another plentiful harvest. We will honor the Yuletide with the usual merrymaking, cider, wassail, mulled cider (non-alcoholic and traditional), cider-based food samples, and an evening fire-pit with s’mores.  Admission is free and children/pets are welcome. 

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Nov
28
2:00 PM14:00

Rabelasian Feast + Blue Christmas Release

Late Autumn is the time to celebrate "the merry triumphant encounter with the world in the act of eating and drinking, in which man partakes of the world instead of being devoured by it." (From Mikhail Bakhtin's "Rabelais and His World" [1940]).

Black Mountain Ciderworks & Meadery invites you to partake in our Rabelaisian Feast, which will feature an outdoor apple pressing, pulled pork and fixins, apple tasting, mulled apfelwein, wassail, gluhwein, non-alcoholic mulled juice, and fire pit with s’mores. The food and beverages will be ready at 2; we’ll do our outdoor pressing demonstration at 3; and we’ll start the fire around 5.  We’ll also be releasing this year’s batch of Blue Christmas, our blend of blueberry-cardamom mead and cider.  Join us for a day of celebratory eating, drinking, and merrymaking!  Admission is free and children/pets are welcome.

 P.S. On the day before (Nov. 17th, Black Friday), we will release this year’s Pomdemonium, a blend of cider and pomegranate-clove mead. 

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Oct
31
2:00 PM14:00

Harvest: Pressing, Fellowship, and Bacchanal + Croatan Release

Please join us in celebration of the harvest and Halloween with the release of this year’s Croatan, our sweet potato cyser! At the Ciderworks we’ll also have cider-based food samples, non-alcoholic juice for the kids, apples, warm gluhwein (mulled cider with spices), wassail, evening fire pit with s’mores, and an outdoor pressing demonstration. Admission is free and children/pets are welcome.

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Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

Autumnal Celebration + Scarecrow Release

Join us in celebration of the fall and start of the harvest as we release Scarecrow, our fall cider made with masala chai tea (from Dobra Tea in Black Mountain) and honey. We will have Scarecrow-based food samples (apple butter, braised pork shoulder, etc), non-alcoholic juice for the kids, apples, and an outdoor pressing demonstration.  The food will be ready around 3:00 and the pressing demo will be around 4:00. There will also be a fire pit with s’mores later in the evening around 7:00. Attendance is free and children/pets are welcome. The fall is the most important time of year for a cidermaker, so please come share in our bounty!

More about Scarecrow:  This is a fall/winter cyser, made with apples, honey, a the masala chai tea blend from Dobra Tea in Black Mountain.  This is the same blend Dobra uses in their non-alcoholic "cider" they sell in the fall and winter, for which we provide the juice.  Scarecrow is a departure from many fall seasonal beverages that focus on pumpkin spices which can be overpowered by nutmeg or cinnamon.  The tea blend we use is more balanced and pairs naturally with cider and honey.  Scarecrow is a semi-sweet cyser and will be available not only in our tasting room, but in bars/restaurants in the Black Mountain and Asheville area. 

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Aug
15
2:00 PM14:00

2nd Anniversary and Birthday Celebration + Viking Blood Release

It's our birthday! Mid August marks TWO years of legal fermentation for Black Mountain Ciderworks, plus Master Ciderist David celebrates his birthday on the 17th and Cider Monger Jessica's birthday is the 18th. So please come celebrate with us! We'll have food, fellowship, and an outdoor pressing demonstration. And, Viking Blood returns! That's our sporadically-released blend of cider and barrel-aged cherry mead. Attendance is free and children/pets are welcome.

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