Distillery Lane Ciderworks

Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Jefferson: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Distillery Lane Ciderworks Reviews: 4.5/5

Distillery Lane Ciderworks
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Distillery Lane Ciderworks sits on 95 acres in Jefferson, Maryland—just outside of the historic town of Burkittsville. The farm is a historic site, dating back to the Civil War, and is officially known as “The Encampment” as the farm was used as a camp for Union soldiers leading up to the battle of Antietam. Rob Miller, his wife, Patty Power, and their three children moved to the farm in 2001. Prior to the Millers, the farm had never been used as an apple orchard. However, having always been cider fans (both fresh and hard cider) and with the farm located in a prime region to grow apples, they decided to enter the cider-making world. Today, the farm grows over 40 varieties of apples, including rare, heritage varieties, most prized for making hard cider. The tasting room is open specific Saturdays and Sundays during harvest season. Check our website or social media for updates on special events!
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Jennifer B
Philadelphia, PA17 contributions
Wonderful afternoon
Sep 2020 • Couples
We stopped in for a tasty beverage during our tour around the area. A bit off the beaten path, but we'll worth the stop. They just reopened yesterday and are not doing tastings yet, but they are serving by the glass or bottle. Plenty of socially distant tables that were cleaned after each person and lots of mask wearing signs. We had Witch's Brew, Rio, and Harry's Masters limited. They were all good, but Witch's Brew was our favorite. We are taking home some fresh picked apples and of course cider. Overall lovely afternoon.
Written September 6, 2020
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RobertLev
Washington DC, DC33 contributions
Welcoming and delicious
Sep 2019
I was on my way from DC to Shepherdstown and read about this ciderworks. It was well worth the visit, not to mention a lovely journey through smaller roads that wound through fields of corn and other crops, hills, and trees. The staff was super welcoming; the owner of the orchards was in and out, happy to chat, while the counter person served up flights of cider. They have a wide variety of hard cider - I am no conneussieur but there were different styles - as well as regular cider and apples/apple picking. After a tasting, I bought a glass (they have servings by the glass and chilled bottles) and ate a picnic sandwich at the tables outside - extremely pleasant!!!
Written September 19, 2019
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litterpicker1993
Lexington Park, MD49 contributions
great place to taste autumn
Oct 2018 • Couples
This off-the-beaten-path orchard, nestled in the foothills near Harper's Ferry, is perfect for a weekend afternoon jaunt. Though it does grow a few 'supermarket brand' apples like Fuji, most of their apples are unknowns and heritage types. You can pick your own or buy from the harvested bins. Better yet - they sell both fresh and hard cider. Sit down for a tasting of some of their award-winning beverages!
Written October 22, 2018
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alexcyn2
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
Great fall adventure
Oct 2018 • Couples
So much fun on a beautiful fall day. The orchards were amazing and the apple selections were impressive. The specialty apples including Thomas Jefferson's favorites were worth the trip. The hard apple cider tastings made our day. We brought home a few bottles and can't wait to go back next fall. Now that we have discovered this special place, it will now become a yearly tradition. Thank you Distillery Lane Ciderworks !!!
Written October 20, 2018
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Christine U.
Annapolis, MD56 contributions
Delicious Cider and Friendly Staff!
Sep 2017 • Couples
This was stop #1 on our cider and mead tasting extravaganza, and it started things off nicely! The farm was lively and beautiful - we were surprised and pleased to see how many people were visiting. We went around 2pm on a Saturday and, as advertised on the website, the crowds were there. The indoor tasting area is very small and cramped (the only negative I have about DLC), but they also had an outdoor tasting area running, so we didn't have to wait long to begin. The ciders were delicious, the staff knowledgeable and friendly, and we were made to feel right at home. After our tasting, we had a glass of our favorite cider (Witches Brew) and sat under a tree overlooking the orchards. Perfectly picturesque! I would definitely recommend this stop for anyone who loves apples, ciders, and gorgeous views. You can't beat the prices, either! We left with two bottles of hard cider, a bottle of wine, and a jug of the Kingston apple cider, AND still had some money in our pockets!
Written September 25, 2017
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC21,998 contributions
Pure Apple Cider
Sep 2017 • Solo
I went to this nice little cider on my way home from a day in Middletown MD. You are literally right in the orchard and make your way to the barn to do tastings. There tasting area is very small and I had to wait a few for the couple in front of me to visit up. I did a tasting and I have to say there hard ciders were very nice, but their normal apple cider was by far the best thing I tasted and I went home with a half gallon. They also have pick your own apples and have walking tours of the orchard. You also get to keep your tasting glass which was super cute.
Written September 4, 2017
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David M
Salt Lake City, UT200 contributions
Unique Selection
Sep 2017 • Friends
I make pies...apple is one of my favorites.

It's great to visit an orchard that provides so many options for experimentation. Most orchards only grow "popular" apples that don't necessarily make for great pies. I've found that some of the best pie apples are so tart they are hard to eat raw...like a good snow or duchess. But wow...in pie they shine.

I'll definitely come back later in the season...many of the tart apples store well so I'm looking for an amazing and lengthy pie season.

I've read comments about the tasting room and one about the preaching of politics by the owners/staff. Who cares? It's their farm and they can do as they please even if they lean toward politics that would turn their enterprise into a state run commune. I'm there just for the fruit they grow.
Written September 3, 2017
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jrkorzen
Arlington, VA187 contributions
Great cider tasting
May 2017 • Couples
My husband and I have done a lot of hard cider tasting and really enjoyed this one, especially since we prefer dryer and more complex ciders. We even bought a couple of bottles. The only downside is that the space is small so it felt crowded. We may have stayed to enjoy a glass if there was somewhere more comfortable to relax.
Written May 30, 2017
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Dawn S
Washington DC, DC221 contributions
Just not my taste
Oct 2016 • Couples
My husband and I arrived after a beautiful drive to Ciderworks. We found ample parking (with attendants) and friendly staff. It's a smallish place but the couple who owns it has maximized their available space.

I was a bit disappointed in the lack of instruction/help we received. Although the parking attendants helped us park, they did not point us in the right direction nor were there signs of where to go, where to start, or what to do. We happened to walk up to a small table where we found a cashier. Not being told that there were two available tasting options, we bought (what we now know) to be the more expensive one but also with the most tastings. The pours were generous and staff that manned the tasting booths were friendly but strayed easily. They weren't there to chit-chat, just poured ours and then moved on to the next customer. It was then difficult to get their attention to try another cider.

The tour offered was comprised mostly of apple variety information and not the fermenting process. There are, however, 18 info stations throughout the orchard for those who wished to know more about the apples. A few of the apple variety could be sampled but, again, little direction was given about how to pick your own apples-which were eating versus which were baking apples. The orchard (or at least the part we were directed to was over-picked and so far the apples we chose have not been very good).

The cider was also not what I expected. To me, apple cider is a warm, murky concoction with mulled spices that you drink in the fall to warm-up. A few of the ciders here reminded me of a white zin. Very light and clear, crisp. They weren't bad by any means, just not what I expected. They did have one cider available for tasting that attempted to satisfy the fall cider I was thinking of, but it still had a long way to go in the seasoning process and was not ready for purchase.

The food trucks present were good although the South American food truck's food had very little to do with South America. An ice cream truck was present as well that offered samples and full purchase bowls or cones. The ice cream flavors sounded great (and overall were tasty) but lacked the complimenting flavor. For instance the "chocolate peanut butter" was a lovely chocolate but with a very little peanut butter taste for accent.

There were a handful porta-pota available. They were clean and sufficient enough for the crowd that was there the day we visited.
Written October 14, 2016
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Zuzu062
Towson, MD62 contributions
Pleasant Saturday afternoon stop
Jul 2016 • Friends
Stopped in for a round of tastings with adult family members. The selection was delicious. Particularly fun to taste was the Rio, which is made with rye so it provides an unexpected flavor for a hard cider. I was particularly fond of the Celebration and the Scrumpy Hard Cider. Afterward, we each filled up a glass and explored the grounds. We visited in July which was lovely but I would like to go back on a crisp fall day, too.
Written July 3, 2016
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