Shacksbury Cider is a new hard cider company based in Shoreham VT. Named for the lost hamlet of Shacksbury (2 mi. down the road), we are inspired by the industry of early settlers like Herod Newell and Eldon Lyman who harnessed the Lemon Fair River to mill not only cotton, flour, and lumber, but also the abundant cider apples. They made hard cider from those apples to slake summer thirst and to warm winter bellies.

After years working on an apple orchard, running an import / export e-recycling firm, and farmsteading in Vermont, our founders, David Dolginow and Colin Davis, are now bringing craft cider back to our hometown. Lacking a time machine to visit with Herod, we travelled to Spain, France, and England to research traditional cider. On our journeys we found an amazing array of ciders that convinced us that not only could we revive Herod’s process, we could improve on it.

While the Champlain Valley is an apple grower’s paradise, we currently lack the varieties necessary to make great cider. Similar to how wine grapes yield fine wines that couldn’t be coaxed out of table grapes, cider apples have tannins that make for complex ciders that are not possible with standard apples. Because of that, we are working with local growers to plant traditional cider apple orchards, which take 5 year to mature. In the meantime, we have teamed up with the world’s best cider producers to help us bring traditional cider to the United States.

Leading our UK production is the duo of Simon and Hannah Day, named BBC’s Drink Producers of the Year in 2012. In partnership with the Days, we are ecstatic to announce that our flagship cider is (almost) here. Unlike anything on the market, our full-bodied, golden cider combines strong fruit and cidery flavor with notes of smoke, spice, leather and a hint of bacon.

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Team

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David Dolginow 
Co-Founder

Hometown
Kansas City, KS

Favorite Cider Apple
Lost Apple #36

Favorite pairing
The Basque with a KC strip

 

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 Colin Davis 
Co-Founder

Hometown
Shoreham, VT

Favorite Cider Apple
Kingston Black

Favorite pairing
The New England with Twig Farm's Tomme goat cheese

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Simon Day 
English Cidermaker

Hometown
Putley, England

Favorite Cider Apple
Dabinette

Favorite pairing  
The Hereford with bannoffee pie

Notable Accolade
BBC Drinks Producer o
f the Year in 2012

 

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José Joaquín Otaño & daughter Ainara 
Basque Cidermakers

Hometown
Astigarraga, Spain

Favorite Cider Apple
Momo

Favorite pairing
The Basque with Txuleta