220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Foggy Ridge began as a cider apple orchard twenty years ago in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Founder Diane Flynt “grows ingredients”—bitter and acidic apples like Hewe’s Crab, Harrison, Tremlett’s Bitter, Ashmead’s Kernel and Dabinett, all full of complex flavor. For roughly the last dozen years, the Foggy Ridge crew has crafted traditional cider apples into fine cider using all the skill and expertise of modern fermentation. Now, they have decided to call the cidermaking part of their operation quits! Today, we are tasting three of their ciders, including the last cider to come out of their presses!
- First Fruit: A blend of early season American heirloom apples that create a rich fruity cider that has lively acidity. Perfect to drink, like Thomas Jefferson did, on its own or with a meal. Cidermaker Notes: “Tart apple aroma with tropical fruit notes and lemon curd notes, This fruit forward cider dominates the palate with crisp apple and pear flavors, lingering strawberry notes and a clean apple finish.”
- Serious Cider: A blend of traditional English cider apples like Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett with tart American favorites like Ashmead’s Kernel and Roxbury Russet. This crisp light food friendly cider is a refreshing aperitif paired with cheesy nibbles. Cidermaker Notes: “Rich apple and citrus aroma with a touch of apricot and apple blossoms. Serious Cider is bright and lively on the palate with creamy layers. It is full bodied with soft minerality and hints of peach and lime zest. Focused acidity combined with textured dusty tannin create a long and pleasantly dry finish.”
- Final Call: This is Foggy Ridge Cider’s last and final cider release. A field blend of Foggy Ridge’s most valuable cider apples, Final Call is juicy mouth-filling cider with tart notes and a rich apple finish. Made from Harrison, Hewe’s Crab and Newtown Pippin, this balanced food friendly cider reflects Foggy Ridge’s 3000′ mountain terroir. Limited availability.