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