Driving Directions to Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery from Interstate 40:
Take I-40 to Exit 59 (Swannanoa)
Go north down the hill to the stop light and take a RIGHT onto US 70.
Head east on US 70 for about 2 miles. Just after you cross a railroad track, take a LEFT at the traffic light onto Grovestone Road.
Go about ¼ mile and take a RIGHT into the Eastside Business Park (look for the sign), just past the sign for the Oak & Grist Distillery but before the stoplight. Follow the road a ways as it curves left around the building towards the large silo and you'll the see a parking lot to the right of the silo. Look for Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery in the right corner (you'll see a picnic and patio umbrella, and garden in the summer), unit #307, and park in any of the spaces. If you drive past back of Pisgah Brewing Company, you’ve gone too far.
- GPS: 104 Eastside Business Drive, Unit 307, Black Mountain. Please be advised, GPS will take you to the front entrance of the Eastside Business Park so you will be approaching us from the opposite side of Pisgah Brewing.
Where do you get your apples?
Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery only uses apples from nearby Hendersonville, North Carolina which produces 85% of all North Carolina apples. Specifically, we choose apples from Lyda Farms and the Blue Ridge Apple Growers Co-Op, which sources from all the orchards in the area. We also occasionally forage for wild apples and crab apples, and happily accept apple donations from fellow foragers!
What is mead?
Mead is wine fermented from honey, sometimes with addition of fruit and/or herbs. Mead is the oldest known alcohol and has a presence within numerous cultures across the world.
Where do you get your honey?
We use honey sourced both locally and regionally, and occasionally use special honeys from other parts of the US (such as buckwheat honey from Minnesota). Small batches of honey are available to us from local beekeepers and we also purchase honey in bulk with the help of local stores such as Wild Mountain Bees. We also happily accept donations from beekeepers willing to share. We love trying homebrew cider/mead donations, too!
- Are children and pets allowed in your taproom?
Yes, both children and pets are welcome and we serve organic ginger ale and root beer (and freshly-pressed apple juice in the fall) as non-alcoholic options.
Do you bottle?
We bottle a few ciders throughout the year and are working on labels for a few more. We’ll be bottling mead later in 2017, too! However, the best way to take home our ciders is in growlers from the tap, available in our taproom.
Can I purchase a keg privately for an event?
Yes, we sell kegs of certain ciders for private events such as weddings and birthday parties. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance. A keg deposit is required in addition to the cost of the keg.
Do you produce your cider and mead at the taproom?
Our taproom and production facility are in the same space.
Do you offer tours of your facility?
We don’t have official tours dates/times but are happy to talk about all aspects of our production with transparency when you visit our taproom.
Can I have a special event at your place?
Yes, we can host your special event. Contact us for details.
Do you filter or pasteurize your cider or mead?
I’ve had cider before and I didn't like it because it was too sweet. How is your cider different?
We only produce real cider, cider that is made from 100% apple juice and without undesirable ingredients such as concentrates, manufactured (artificial or “natural”) flavors, fake apple essence or high-fructose corn syrup. The cider you may have had before, if produced on a large commercial scale, was most likely made with such undesirable ingredients and not real cider at all.
Is your cider and mead gluten free?
Yes, cider and mead are naturally gluten free and we don’t serve beer so there is no chance of contamination.
- Can I buy a gift card for your taproom?
Yes, you can get them here.