All aboard Mar­itime Ex­press Cider

The Coast - - FOOD + DRINK - —Re­becca Ding­well

Anew cider joint has its wheels turn­ing in Kentville. Mar­itime Ex­press Cider (325 Main Street) qui­etly opened last month, with co-own­ers Jimi Doidge and Scott Hearn run­ning the show.

Doidge hails from Hamil­ton, On­tario, and made his way to Nova Sco­tia back in June 2016. He’s been craft­ing wine and cider from home for a decade now, so when he landed in Kentville he saw the op­por­tu­nity for busi­ness.

“I knew there was a great ap­ple re­gion and wine re­gion, but I didn’t know how great it was and how peo­ple sup­port it,” says Doidge.

He and his wife “fell in love with” the area, and he ex­pects they’ll be liv­ing there for good.

When Doidge started pok­ing around for pos­si­ble tap­room lo­ca­tions, he wound up meet­ing Hearn—who just hap­pened to want to open a cidery as well. In­stead of end­ing up with com­pet­ing busi­nesses, the two teamed up.

“We both have a very sim­i­lar vi­sion for it— so that’s been great—and we work re­ally well to­gether,” says Doidge. He and Hearn pinned down a lo­ca­tion in the his­toric Corn­wal­lis Inn, which was once a lux­ury rail­way ho­tel. These days, it houses mul­ti­ple busi­nesses.

“We just came and saw this spot and couldn’t be­lieve the po­ten­tial of it—with the stone floor, stone walls, the big pa­tio we got put on and all that stuff.”

Mar­itime Ex­press’ cur­rent of­fer­ings all have rail­way-themed names: The Fly­ing Bluenose (a dry cider), The Day­liner (on the sweeter side) and The Round­house (rhubarb). Doidge is aim­ing to have a hopped cider on of­fer soon and a spiced cider for the hol­i­day sea­son, with more to come in the new year.

Mar­itime Ex­press Cider is hold­ing its grand open­ing event on this Sat­ur­day, No­vem­ber 17.

SUB­MIT­TED

Scott Hearn and Jimi Doidge.

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