Visit a Parallel World at Faulkner Branch
left photo: the Speakeasy themed Tasting Room at Faulkner Branch Cidery & Distilling Company
Wine Country on Maryland's Eastern Shore is growing something other than wine. There's a parallel world cropping up as cider making becomes popular as an added value proposition for Orchard Fruit farmers. Kevin Atticks Founder, Executive Director of Grow & Fortify and the Maryland Wineries Association finds the movement complimentary to the growth of wine country on Maryland's Eastern Shore and recently welcomed a new member to the Chesapeake Wine Trail, Faulkner Branch Cidery & Distilling Company. Says Kevin, "The Eastern Shore has a strong heritage of fruit and tomato growing and it makes sense to promote new uses for those fruits in the form of fresh and fermented ciders."
Stephen and Lynda Blades are the owners of an historic farm property in Caroline County, Blades Orchard, where they grow peaches and apples. Fresh or fermented fruits are available for u pick and for making ciders. The orchard is also home to Faulkner Branch Cidery & Distilling. Faulkner Branch is more than what meets the eyes though. It offers the visitor an intriguing experience - orchard-side cider sipping on the patio contrasted by a visit to a parallel world. That world is their speakeasy tasting room. As you enter you move from sunshine to a parlor like atmosphere of romantic shaded lamps, a piano, game boards and old macanudo cigar boxes. Lynda is the brilliant creator of the speakeasy theme design for Faulkner Branch. Husband Stephen developed the unique cider offerings. Next, they are developing spirits to be introduced in 2018. Together they form a strong team selling their added value ciders along with their fruits in person at several farmer’s markets on both the western shore and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Stephen mentions that he collaborates heavily with nearby wineries on the shore, using St. Michaels Winery facilities to bottle the cider. Distiller/winemaker Al Cassinelli inspired Stephen and Lynda to develop their added-value business. Says Al..." I have orchards on my vineyard property and I use the fruit in some of my brown spirits and brandy. Our Eastern shore fruit grows on soils that have been toiled for years - they make any drink robust with flavor."
Wine Country is becoming very interesting both with wineries popping up along the bay shores and rivers and a parallel universe of orchard fruits making ciders in the heart of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
What you'll enjoy at Faulkner Branch
A beautiful apple orchard (Blades Orchard) part of an historic farm property in Caroline County in the heart of the Eastern Shore of Maryland offering u pick fresh fruit, CSA and tours.
Purchase of Faulkner Branch brand fermented fruit and hard cider
Speakeasy Tasting Room open weekends from noon to 4 pm.For more info: FaulknerBranch.com website
4822 Preston Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632