Classes and Workshops

This year, Distillery Lane Ciderworks offers classes and workshops, covering the basics of cider making, orchard care, and fun farm projects. The classes are held on-site at the farm or at partner locations (check your rsvp for location). Our head cidermaker, Tim Rose, and our orchardist, Rob Miller, run these informative classes, with occasional expert guest-speakers. For more information about classes, check out the detailed descriptions below, or email anastasia@distillerylaneciderworks.com

When classes are available, they will be listed on this page.

Advance purchases for classes are highly recommended as spots are limited! See the Washington Post article featuring our class here! And check our facebook and calendar frequently for seasonal events.

Cider Making

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.

Cider Making 201

A shorter course presented our master cider-maker, Tim Rose, covering aging, carbonation, bottling, specialized equipment and bottle conditioning.

Orchard Care and Apple Tree Grafting

Get a tour of the orchard, and cover apple varieties and propagation. Learn about scion and rootstock selection, tools and materials needed. Go home with 2 freshly-grafted heirloom apple trees.

Mushroom Logs

Take a short wilderness walk and learn about wild edibles. Discuss log selection, site preparation, and spawn sourcing. Go home with a fully inoculated log with mushrooms of your choice.

FAQs

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 

  • January 6: 9a-12:30p @ Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • February 3: 3p-6:30p @ Cotton & Reed Distillery
  • March 3: 9a-12:30p @ Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • April 21: 9a-2p @ Distillery Lane Ciderworks & Flying Dog Brewery

 

How long is the class?
 

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

What does the class cover and include?
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.

Each class is 3 hours and participants receive a bucket with 3 1/2 gallons of “cidermakers blend” (enough cider to make over a case of 750ml bottles), plus yeast, yeast nutrient, sulfite and an airlock. Class participants can ferment their cider in the bucket they receive as part of the class.

The February class, held at Cotton and Reed Distillery in DC, will be the same as our standard class, and in addition participants will hear from experts at Cotton and Reed on adding botanicals and spices to ciders to enhance fermentation.

The April class will be held at DLC from 9:00-11:30, then will move to Flying Dog for lunch and further discussion. Flying Dog experts will discuss adding hops to cider and will sample the Brewery’s special “orchard ale.”

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 fifteen participants. Classes typically fill quickly.
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?

Register early to reserve a spot. Classes fill very quickly!

Sign up online. Use the Square register link to purchase the full class or make your deposit online. Be sure to fill out the form below with the required information in addition to registering. Registration will be considered complete upon receipt of the registration fee. An email confirmation will be sent when registration is received.

Or

RSVP and register by mail, using this two-step process.

  1. Submit your RSVP by completing the form below,
  2. Send a check for $75/per participant to 5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson, MD 21755 along with the names of each participant, email address, and best contact number.

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