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Free Cider & Cheese Sampling: Big Hill & Ploughman

  • Bottle Bar East 1308 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

Come by Bottle Bar East on Sunday afternoon and sample the cider and cheese of Adam’s County, PA with Big Hill Ciderworks from Gardners, PA and Ploughman Farm Cider of Aspers, PA

Big Hill Ciderworks started as a dream of two guys from the auto industry.  Ben and Troy met in a dealership in 2006 and both shared hopes of someday owning farms.  Troy had been making wine and cider since 2002 and Ben started to homebrew while living in Detroit a few years after they met.  Since then, both have quit the auto industry, bought their own farms and started with nothing - no equipment, no apple bins, no how-to book, just a dream. The dream became reality in 2013 when Big Hill Ciderworks was founded.

Adams County is known for it’s incredible history and beauty, but also the unique microclimates and soil types that are perfect for growing apples. Our two small farms total roughly 40 acres of apple production.  The orchards are home to more than 40 varieties comprised of traditional bittersweet & bittersharp varieties chosen specifically for our ciders.

Proper soil is where great cider begins, providing nutrition for our trees. Throughout the year specialized pruning techniques and attention to maintenance contribute to the quality of our fruit.  We pay close attention to the fruit ripeness so we never have to use any additional sugar or sweeteners.  Flavor comes naturally from the fruit, as mother nature intended. 

We not only grow our fruit but also press, ferment, package and distribute each of our ciders. Utilizing traditional, time-honored cider making methods of slow fermentation, barrel aging and wild yeast fermentation, we showcase a distinct flavor profile, unique to our orchards and our region.

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Ploughman farm ciders are as unique as the place in which they are created. For over a century, the Wenk family has tended the deep, fertile soils of our orchards in Adams County, PA – one of the finest fruit growing regions in the United States.

Each year at Three Springs Fruit Farm, we cultivate apple varieties specifically for our cidery. We work with American heirlooms like Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, and Stayman and select apples like Dabinett, Stoke Red, and Kingston Black for their bittersharp and bittersweet flavor profiles. Every year the apples we use for cider are a little different, which adds layers of complexity to the cider and connection to the farm.

In addition to ciders we also make perries, and other fruit wines from peaches, chokeberries, pears, and fine grapes. Here at Ploughman, we embrace the "frontier" mentality – an eagerness to try new things, but always with authenticity to quality. We are not purists, but we will never cut corners and never use engineered essences, flavors, or artificial nonsense. Our eagerness to experiment with new things is almost completely farm based – we use whatever is exceptional and abundant at Three Springs Fruit Farm on any given year.

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