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Winding Down the Winery Work

Recent requests reminded me that I haven’t updated you on my winery work in a while. Not long ago I sold out of the Holt’s 95. With that, I am no longer cidering at Blackledge Winery and haven’t been for some time.


It was an honor to have His Excellency as my final customer.

There have been some big changes in my life – new job, new commute, new priorities – since starting in 2014.

I would like to thank the folks at Blackledge for inviting me to bring cider to their lineup. I had fun researching the recipes, locating the orchards, developing the juice blends, writing and designing the labels, and coming up with each cider’s name. The names, by the way, were based on the names and publication dates of the historic authors whose ciders we were making. They deserve credit too.

Thanks also to Blackledge for the opportunities being there opened up to me. There is more I wish I was able to learn and try, but then there always is. I’m grateful for the experience.

For now, I’ll continue researching cider history, recreating ciders at home, offering presentations, and figuring out what’s next.

Good luck to Blackledge and thanks to all of you for your support.

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Ciders to Cheer Your Holidays


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November 28, 2016 · 9:02 pm

Blackledge Winery’s Latest Release: Eliza’s 28 Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Cider

14479780_659172867584781_2696001937589604157_nIntroducing our barrel-aged Eliza’s 28 cider. A blend of four heirloom cider apples, fermented dry using the apples’ natural yeast to an ABV of 7.8%, then barrel-aged in a freshly emptied apple brandy barrel. Extremely limited quantities!

For more about the Eliza’s 28 Barrel Aged, including how to order, check out the Libations page.

Please note that we still have Penn’s 74, but we are completely sold out of the original Eliza’s 28 and the Fisher’s 58 (ginger) cider.

And stay tuned – there are new ciders coming soon.

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Cider Updates From My Other Cider Work

Things are hopping at Blackledge Winery.

In June we released our new cider, Penn’s 74, based on Gulielma Penn’s 1674 cider receipt (Gulielma was William Penn’s first wife). It comes in at 7.4% ABV and is delicious cold, cellar temperature, or warmed. You can order Penn’s 74 (along with all of Blackledge’s historical and historically-inspired libations) online.





To make it easier to get a bottle of cider in your hand, we are now able to ship. We can ship three (3) bottle and six (6) bottle purchases to most of the United States using FedEx Ground (we CAN’T deliver to AL, AR, DE, KY, MS, NH, OK, UT, and some parts of AK and WV). If in doubt, email or call first.


Blackledge will be pouring samples of its 18th-century colonial cider “Eliza’s 28” at this year’s Easton Heritage Day event on Sunday, July 10th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in downtown Easton, PA. We’ll be setup in the 1753 Bachmann Publick House‘s original Tavern Room with free samples to anyone of legal drinking age who’d like to try it!

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Upcoming Cider Talk With Blackledge Winery

On Saturday, April 30th at 1 pm Damian Siekonic, owner and winemaker at Blackledge Winery, and I are presenting “Early America’s Favorite Drink: Researching and Recreating Historical (Hard) Cider” an overview of early American cider production and consumption and our work on recreating early ciders at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA.

For more information check out http://sigalmuseum.org/schedule-of-events/

The talk is free and open to the public.



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Damn the torpedoes….FULL SPEED AHEAD!

Congratulations to Damien and the Blackledge Winery! Their federal winemaking permit was approved and the research winery will begin production soon.

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