November 28, 2023

Townline Ciderworks’ Fresh Strawberry Cider

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | July 16, 2022

“Homegrown” gets a whole new meaning at Townline Ciderworks in Williamsburg. Opened in 2017, this tasting room and production facility features hand-crafted wine and cider sourced from surrounding Altonen Orchards. While there’s certainly no shortage of heritage apples (the South Farm alone houses thousands of trees), the cidery also gets funky with other flavors. For summer, berries are a no-brainer. Enter: Townline’s Fresh Strawberry cider. “The strawberries are grown right near the apples, so it seemed natural to marry the two,” says Tasting Room Manager Kristie Altonen. Comprising three heirloom apple varieties (Goldrush, Golden Nugget, and Golden Russet), this zingy, apple-forward cider is balanced by fermentation on whole berries. The result is a refreshingly acidic structure with a subtle strawberry nose and semi-sweet finish. Enjoy a tapped pint for $6 or a 4-pack for $20. But don’t sleep on this seasonal sip—it only comes around once a year. Find it at Townline Ciderworks, on the southern edge of Altonen Orchards, 11595 US-31 S, Williamsburg. (231) 883-5330.


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