It's hard to miss the massive landmark building that houses the Thornbury Cider House. It stands tall, on the bay-ridging drive of Highway 26, and has so, since the late 1800s. In 2006 it was given a new lease on life, coming to house the production headquarters of well known and loved, Thornbury Premium Apple Cider.
Typically, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission prohibits access to such production houses, so despite it's well known presence very few have stepped into the big red building. That all changed this spring when the Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Beer Co. announced the doors to their new Cider House were open to the public!
A new tasting area boasts a taproom and retail area selling cider in cans, bottles and growlers as well as beer and wine from parent company Colio Estate Winery.
The local business has experienced incredible success in recent years, attributed to the quality of the product. It doesn't hurt that they are smack dab in the middle of Canada's most impressive apple growing region, because obviously, it all starts with the apples.
The only apples that make it through the Cidery's doors are locally grown. Chairman and CEO of Provincial Beverages Canada Inc, Robert Lee, says "only 100 per cent pure, fresh, Thornbury apple juice" is used within the walls of the historic landmark.
Sounds pretty great to us! We can't wait to get in and see the new space, taste the brews on tap and celebrate in the success of this local business. Check it out for yourselves!
The Cidery's website is host to some fabulous recipes including this one for an Irish Mule
Thornbury Cider Irish Mule
Source: Thornbury Cider, Thornburycraft.com
Combine all liquid ingredients in a copper mug.
Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon stick for the perfect Irish-inspired cocktail this St. Patrick’s Day!
Visit their website for more great recipes!