Bins of apples ready for pressing

Apple Pressing

Hinson Ford Cider & Mead pressed our inaugural batch of cider! Saturday dawned frosty–in the low twenties–and we did our best to stay warm as we demolished a flatbed trailer’s worth of Rappahannock County apples…one milk crate load at a time.

By early Sunday afternoon, the apples were done and we’re ready to step aside to let our specially selected strain of yeast work it’s magic for the next few weeks.

Big thank-yous to “Friends of the Brand” Jim Manwaring and Tom Kelly…without your help, the HFCM production crew would still be sobbing in our morning bowls of ibuprofen. Slainte, gentlemen, SLAINTE!

Washing, grinding and pressing apples for cider

Washing, grinding and pressing apples for cider

Apples getting washed

Apples are washed before pressing

Cider flows from the press

Cider flows from the press