Mead­ery launch

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Hard cider and mead have come (back) to Rap­pa­han­nock County in the form of Hin­son Ford Cider & Mead, which re­cently opened in Amissville at 379 Hin­son Ford Road.

Rap­pa­han­nock has a long and sto­ried his­tory of fine hard ciders crafted from fine ap­ples, and now both have joined forces, says Hin­son Ford Mead­maker Den­nis Kelly.

He says while craft beer growth has lev­eled off in re­cent years, and mass-mar­ket beers have seen a de­cline in mar­ket share, hard cider has come back from the brink of ex­tinc­tion in the United States. Ac­cord­ing to the mead­maker, meads are cur­rently the fastest grow­ing seg­ment of the al­co­holic bev­er­age mar­ket in the U.S.

Hin­son Ford cur­rently of­fers two hard ciders and three meads on draft, all dry and sparkling. They also have a still cider and a still semi-sweet mead. “If you have had mead be­fore, for­get what you know; if you haven't had mead be­fore, leave your ex­pec­ta­tions at the door . . . they're like noth­ing you've tasted.”

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