Cider Houses of Prince Edward Island

Red Island Cider
Red Island Cider

 

Arlington Orchards

1150 Orchard Rd
Just off the 167
Arlington, PE

 

Arlington Orchards is a family run farm, Eco-Apples farm, with Carol and Barry Balsom celebrating their 20th year of growing apples in 2013. They are the PEI largest orchard with 32 acres of apples, plus pears and plums equalling 50 acres.

The first of their hard cider line is "Malpeque Bay Cider", in honour of Malpeque Bay and the soft breezes and warmer conditions the Bay provides. They also make Iced Apple Cider.

Arlington Orchards was a part of a provincial study involving federal and provincial governments, researchers, and other Island apple growers that focused on using natural pollinators and not importing any honeybees. We rely on our native Prince Edward Island bees and not honeybees to pollinate our fruit crop, and since 2000 we have identified over 120 native PEI bee species.


Red Island Cidery

 

101 Longwoorth Ave
Unite 5
Charlottetown, PE C1A 5A9


 

A small cidery in PE capital city Charlottetown owned by Robert Hamon and James VanToever. The third cidery to open on Prince Edward Island and the only one located in Charlottetown. Last year we won "New Cidery of the Year" at the Atlantic Canadian Brewing Awards.

Robert and James met as babies and grew up not far from each other in rural P.E.I (Mayfield & New Glasgow). They share fond memories of building forts, swimming and playing sports together.

Robert and James met as babies and grew up not far from each other in rural P.E.I (Mayfield & New Glasgow). They share fond memories of building forts, swimming and playing sports together.

As teenagers both of their families moved away to different parts of the world. Robert started a career as a photographer and travelled the world focusing on climate change and working for clients like National Geographic Traveler and Canadian Geographic. He spent years living in Europe where he met his future wife and dance partner, Anna Keenan. In 2015 they came to PEI to raise their son and take care of family.

James moved to the US, was a professional cyclist and eventually became a physiotherapist. He practiced in Ottawa for years before meeting his future wife, Caralynn, there. On vacation in 2016 James found himself sitting on the patio of a cider house in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He found the landscape familiar; rolling hills, farmland, sandy beaches, forests. A dream was born, a cider house on Prince Edward Island.

THE DREAM
Then, as these things happen, James’s mother mentioned his dream of opening a cider house to Robert. Robert’s family had been making cider for years so the interest was there. A phone call, a meeting and Red Island Cider was born.

With the support and aid of their partners, Anna and Caralynn, the four of them worked hard to get a locally produced cider into the bars in PEI. 17 months from idea to opening at the Charlottetown location and they haven’t looked back.

Cider master: Robert Hamon

Philosophy? As the cider maker, Robert’s goal is to create traditional clean, dry ciders using 100% apple juice from the best orchards in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Like wine variations in weather, apple varietal, and individual orchards means our ciders are always going to have variations from batch to batch. What is consistent is our commitment to producing the best cider.

He is always experimenting with new ideas, new fruits, yeasts and recipes. His favourite cider is the ‘next’ cider and the goal is to always have something fresh and exciting at our tap room.







Riverdale Orchards

582 Riverdale Road, Route 245
Bonshaw, PEI C0A 1C0


 

 


 

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