Cider Making Class

Each year, Distillery Lane Ciderworks offers a cider-making class that covers the basics of home cider-making. The classes are held on-site in the DLC cider house. Our head cidermaker, Tim Rose, and our orchardist, Rob Miller, run the informative class. For more information about the class, check out our FAQs below.

Stay tuned for 2018 dates! Advance purchases for classes are highly recommended as all classes sell out! Classes are offered based on the availability of fresh cider. See the Washington Post article featuring our class here!


Who is the cider-making class for?

The class is perfect for anyone interested in preparing hard cider at home. The information presented in the class is accessible for people ranging from novices to cider aficionados.


When are classes held?

2018 Classes to be announced.

    How long is the class?

    The three hour classes include a tour of the orchard, the class itself, and cider tastings.

    What topics does the class cover?

    The course covers topics such as desirability of various apple varieties, how different apples (bittersharp, sharp, and bittersweet) are used in the cider, the fermentation process (including yeast selection, acidity measurement, and secondary fermentation), the importance of sanitation, and blending the finished product.

    What does the class cost?

    The class costs $150 per person (pre-registration and a $75 non-refundable deposit is due to hold a spot in the class). This fee covers the class, tastings, and all of the materials needed for participants to ferment a case of their own hard cider at home (fresh cider, fermentation container, airlock, and yeast).

    How many people can attend the class?

    Each class is limited to fourteen participants. We have sold out for the last four years.

    What if I miss a class?

    Rescheduling a missed class will be at the discretion of DLC and there will be no refunds of deposits if a class cannot be rescheduled.

    How do you register for a cider-making class?

    Registration instructions will be posted here when the 2018 dates are finalized.