Cider FAQ

What kind of apples do you use in your cider? All of our Sir Charles ciders use a mix of Gala, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Granny Smith apples. We do produce several limited varieties, like our Ol’Scrumpy, that use different blends of apples. Regardless of the cider, all of them use fresh pressed apples and are never from concentrate.

Where do you get your apples from? We purchase all our fresh juice from farms and juice suppliers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey including Zeiglers (now Mayer Brothers), Kimes, Kauffman, and Mackey’s Orchards.

What is Perry? Perry is the traditional name given to pear wine. Some use the term “pear cider” but we prefer to refer to products made from apples as cider and distinguish those made from pears as perry.

Are you ciders Gluten-Free? Yes. All our ciders, meads, and perries are 100% gluten free.

Are you ciders and perry Vegan? Yes. None of our ciders or perry contain any animal bi-products. We do not use any gelatin products to clarify our products.

Are your Meads Vegan? Mead is made from honey. If you are opposed to eating honey then mead is not for you.

Do you add water to your cider? We never add water to our ciders or perry. We do add filtered water to our mead since raw honey will not ferment unless water is added.

Do your ciders contain Sulfates? Yes. We do use sulfates in order to ensure consistent fermentation. Fresh apple juice naturally contains wild yeast from the orchard. Since wild yeast can produce an unpredictable fermentation and lead to off-flavors we use sulfates to eliminate any wild yeast prior to pitching our own yeast.

Do your ciders contain Potassium Sorbate? Yes. We use sorbate to ensure the product does not re-ferment in the keg/can. Potassium Sorbate is commonly used in fruit juices and wines to inhibit fermentation. Since we add fresh juice to many of our ciders after fermentation we add sorbate to prevent further fermentation and to avoid spoilage of the cider after it leaves the cidery.

Are you a Brewery, a Winery, or a Cidery? This is a matter of semantics and legal definitions. By law we are licensed as a winery under both the Federal and State of Pennsylvania. There is no official legal definition of a “cidery” at the federal level or in Pennsylvania, although there should be. The term “brewery” is generally used to designate places the make beer of malt beverages. The problem comes when you say: “You brew beer” so do we “wine cider”? It doesn’t sound right so we often times say we “brew” cider. Use whatever word makes you happy and we will keep pumping out the cider.

Are you available for tours? Yes. We don’t charge people or schedule times for tours of our cidery. Come on in anytime the tasting room is open and ask any staff member who is available for a tour. You can also call ahead of time to let us know you would like a tour and we will do our best to make sure the owners stay sober before you arrive.