Sure, you can find fall-fresh apple cider at places like Fifer Orchards in Wyoming and Milburn Orchards in nearby Elkton (do try the apple cider doughnuts there), but how about the stuff with a kick? In 2012, T.S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville delivered the first hard cider in the state.
Now, Harvest Ridge Winery is joining the fermenting craze with Rebel Seed Cider. On its Facebook page, Rebel Seed calls itself “Delaware’s first cidery” and promises a local cider product with local apples. It expects to release the first batch in mid-September. T.S. Smith is still going strong, too. The family-owned farm sends its Black Twig apples to Great Shoals Winery in Mount Vernon, Md., to be turned into the potent drink. The result is Black Twig Delaware Hard Apple Cider with an 8 percent alcohol content.
Read more about T.S. Smith’s cider in Delaware Today: www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/November-2012/Apple-Cider-in-Delaware/