Right in the heart of Ontario apple country, on a less-travelled road in the village of Codrington, just north of Brighton—exactly where company co-owner Jennifer Jarrell McRae grew up. As a kid, she loved to run barefoot through her friend’s apple orchard. Many years later, Jennifer and her husband, Chris, were making cider from local apples at home for friends and family who encouraged them to go into business with their first-rate recipe. So they did, on a farm close to where Jennifer grew up. They planted their own apple trees, with the help of the community, and make use of other local apples and honey, keeping the product all-natural and supporting other local farmers. There are five pounds of apples in every bottle!
Empire Cider, with the crowned crow on the label, is traditional hard cider—unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle carbonated with local honey.
They call it liquid sunshine. Visit their tastings room and bottle shop.
222 Old Wooler Road, Codrington