During the off-season (January 1- July 1), 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. Gift certificates for our 2013 cider-making class are now available and make a great holiday gift. Advance purchases for 2014 classes are highly recommended as all 7 classes in 2013 sold out!
See the Washington Post article featuring our class here!
Q: Who is the class for?
A: The class is perfect for anyone interested in (legally) preparing hard cider at home. The information presented in the class is accessible for people ranging from novices to cider aficionados.
Q: When are classes held?
A: Classes are held on the first Saturday of each month during our off-season (January through July).
Q: How long is the class?
A: The class starts at 9:30 AM and ends around 12:30 PM. These three hours include a tour of the orchard, the class itself, and cider tastings.
Q: What topics does the class cover?
A: 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.
Q: What does the class cost?
A: The class costs $115 per person (preregistration and a $25 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).
Q: How many people can attend the class?
A: Each class is limited to twelve participants.
Q: How do you pre-register for a class?
A: To pre-register, please email your name, the number of people who want to attend, and the class date you are requesting to firstname.lastname@example.org.