582 Riverdale Rd, Bonshaw, PE C0A 1C0
Province: Prince Edward Island
Phone: (902) 218-0580
ABOUT US. Anne and Alex Jamieson arrived on Prince Edward Island from Scotland nearly 4 years ago looking for a change in life style. After visiting PEI on many occasions, they made the leap over the pond in July 2014. They decided to turn a hobby into a business and make Cider. Cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented apple juice, commonly known as Hard Apple Cider in Canada.
Resilience and determination ensued and after more than 3 years they will have their first batch of artisan crafted cider, Summer 2018. While waiting for the apple trees to grow they used this time wisely and honed their craft from professionals. Attending Cornell University and achieving NACM certification (National Association on of Cider Makers) was the start of their artisan craft making adventure.
Going back to the Three Counties, an area in England, UK, renowned for Cider Making, they worked with award winning artisan craft cider makers to enhance their knowledge and skills further.
As members of PEIAGA (Prince Edward Island Apple Growers Association) they have gained a vast amount of knowledge and help from experienced apple growers and are still developing their skills in apple tree farming.
Red Island Cidery
101 Longworth Ave,
Our latest entry into this rapidly growing market; Charlottetown’s Red Island Cidery
On tap, they’re offering three ciders – Father Walker’s, The Devonport and a third yet to be determined. The ciders each tell an Island story. The Devonport was a brewery in Charlottetown in the mid-1800s located where the experimental farm is today. Besides the brewery, the area had four acres of fields growing hops, said van Waarden.
Father Walker’s is inspired by the story of a parish priest in Groshaut, located on the present-day Selkirk Road (Route 309), trying to raise money for a new church in the community. In 1896, Father Walker held a picnic one weekend to raise the money. On Saturday, cider was served at the picnic, but rather than it being “soft” cider, it was “hard” cider with alcohol.
“It turned into a bit of a brawl and a party,” said van Waarden.
Besides the two main ciders on tap, they’re planning to release a blueberry cider called Blue Shank Blueberry in recognition of the Blue Shank Road, as well as ciders that will be part of a “Ghost Ship Series” that connects with the Island’s history of shipwrecks.
So far, four Charlottetown businesses have signed up to offer Red Islands Cider’s products – The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, The Hopyard, Churchill Arms and Bar 1911.
They’re also selling cider in growlers, kegs and bottles.
“We can comfortably do 40,000 litres a year,” said van Waarden.
“I think one of our challenges is going to be keeping up with demand this summer.”