Millstone Cellars is a farmhouse cidery located just outside Baltimore City. Millstone crafts their ciders, cysers (a combo cider/mead), and meads in oak barrels and prides themselves on being all about “the handmade, the rustic, the refined, the traditional and the tasty”.
Venture about 40 minutes north outside Baltimore City and you may find yourself in Monkton, a town that feels like it is much further away (thus, the beauty of living in Maryland) and reminds me of the towns that exist within the Berkshire & Catskill Mountains. All of the ingredients used in Millstone’s ciders are sourced within 150 miles of their Monkton farmhouse.
The mill that Millstone now occupies was built in the 1850s, while foundation & property for the mill dates back to the 1750s. Millstone started off small in 2003 and opened the Mill in Mokton in 2012. They produce 35,00 gallons a year (some at their Monkton location, but most at a production warehouse in Cockeysville).
Their ciders, cysers, and meads use all natural ingredients and are refined sugar-free and preservative-free. Millstone is constantly experimenting with their barrels which means there will always be something new to try. The gorgeous scenery, beautiful tasting room, and delicious cider makes for a nice and quick trip out of the city.
Devlin & I went up to Millstone a few Sundays ago. We packed some treats to enjoy after our tasting (salami, cashews, blackberries, etc) and it was a nice enough day I was able to just wear my denim jacket. We found the farmhouse with ease and made it with about 10 minutes to spare before the 3:30pm tour (Devlin smoked a cigarette in the parking lot while I ‘explored’, aka looked for the bathroom, which is actually located in a cabin on the property). Our tour was lead by Sarah, who was incredibly thorough and informative throughout the tour (and in a funny chain of events, it turns out I helped her at my job a few weeks back).
We tasted 8 different Millstone favorites during our tasting—3 year-round ciders, 3 seasonal ciders, 1 cyber, & 1 mead. My favorites from the tasting were the Hopvine cider, the Gingeroot cider, the Hopricot cyser, and the Midus mead. Hopvine is a cider fermented for 7 months and then infused with fresh & local hops for three weeks. It is bottled with honey and is delicious and light. The hops add a citrusy flavor and was not bitter like lots of hoppy beers. Gingerroot, another cider, uses a blend of two apples and is infused with baby ginger, which gives it a nice ginger flavor but is not so harsh and also gives the cider some notes of lemon and orange. Hopricot is a cyser and truly is the perfect blend between cider and mead. Once the apple juice has been fermented, honey is added to the same barrel. Hopricot is infused with hops an apricot wine for a sweet, floral and nutty flavor. Midus, the mead we tried (& Devlin’s favorite by far), is a mead infused with Norwegian spruce tips. Piney in smell, and tea-like in taste, it reminded us a bit of gin (this, why it was Devlin’s favorite). Midus was sweet from honey and the spruce tips added a nice balance.
Devlin & I took a lot of cider home with us, including two varieties that weren’t in our tasting—Sweet Farmgate, another cider (only available in the tap room), and Pomme Jacques, Millstone’s Apple brandy. Sweet Farmgate was absolutely delicious—it is simply honey added to their standard apple-only cider, and Pomme Jacques is the perfect after-dinner drink to sip on (it kind of tastes like apple juice that has a lot of alcohol in it, but I totally dig it).
After our tasting, Devlin & I enjoyed the food we brought (Millstone doesn’t serve food, and encourages all to BYOF) and some cider on tap. A trip to Millstone Cellars is definitely worth the trip, whether you are experienced with their product or totally new to cider.
Millstone Cellars does FREE tastings on Saturdays & Sundays at their Monkton, MD farmhouse cidery from 12p-5p. Follow them online to find out about other local events they’re hosting. If you have Millstone Cellar pics to share, tag them #30thandweldon today! We’ll select a favorite (or a few…) to share!
2029 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111