Do you like apples? At Ugly Apple they are passionate about apples, especially the scarred, crabbed, and ugly apples that only a mother could love. In fact, the owners are so passionate about apples they’ve spent nearly a decade perfecting the craft of artisanal, small-batch, clear, crisp and dry wines and ciders using organic and wild apples straight from their farm.
This is no ordinary cider encounter, at Ugly Apple you can expect a premium cider experience! Complex and layered flavour profiles are the norm for this cider, and a visit to the farm is a true cider adventure. Savour cider the way it’s meant to be made, using local varieties of apples that are crushed, fermented using wild and natural yeasts, and served cold.
While you sample some delicious ciders, you can chat with the owners, Bret and Amy Hogue, or their son, Ethan, about cider making in general, what’s so special about Ugly Apple cider. You can even take a trail walk to learn more about wild apple trees and their role in the local ecosystem. See if you can guess what trees are wild!
At Ugly Apple you can sample both traditional and Spanish-style “sidras,” ciders that have a unique, funky taste, and are naturally still. Ugly apples, small and sweet apples, and mouth-puckering wild apples, these are what make Ugly Apple ciders taste so good.
How good? Good enough to walk away with three medals from the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the largest international cider competition around, a competition that includes entries from some of the best cideries in the world.
Situated on 55 rolling acres deep in the wilds of Lanark Highlands, Ugly Apple is open for visits on Sundays between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., or by appointment. Ugly Apple can also be found at the Carp Farmers’ Market and the Perth Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays.