Hendersonville, a long-time leader in apple production, now leads the way in hard cider. Henderson County is the top apple-producing county in North Carolina and seventh largest in the nation. Its abundance of orchards makes the area a natural home for the hard cider industry, and all of the cideries source apples locally. Three craft cideries currently call Henderson County home, including Bold Rock Hard Cider, which is the largest craft cidery in the United States.
Bold Rock Hard Cider, founded in Virginia, operates its second production facility, along with a state-of-the-art tasting room, just outside Hendersonville in Mills River.
Bold Rock’s Mills River’s tasting room includes windows overlooking the production facility, a permanent food truck, cider garden and indoor and outdoor stages for regular live music. Complimentary tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, call for dates & times. The brewery is family & pet friendly. 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759, 828-595-9940
Appalachian Ridge Artisan Cider, makes excellent European-style ciders in a renovated 1940s barn in the midst of an orchard. The cider is made from traditional Henderson County apples, as well as from apple trees that have been transplanted from the Normandy region of France. Appalachian Ridge also makes pommeau, a blend of cider and apple brandy. 731 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, 828-699-7507
Flat Rock Cider Co.Taproom at Jeter Mountain Farms
The Farm features six hard ciders on tap, including a special Jeter Mountain Farm original blend available only at the Jeter Mountain Farm Taproom. Receive a free souvenir pint glass when you participate in a hard cider tasting or take home a 6-pack to enjoy at home. Open Seasonally, July-October (Check their website for exact open dates). 1126 Jeter Mountain Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739 828-513-0404
The three cideries are part of the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail, which includes an ever-expanding list of breweries, wineries and even a meadery. Click to download a Cheers! Trail brochure and map.