Canada > Quebec > Hemmingford
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | May 29, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
One of th greatest ice cider producers. Very marketing oriented, modern, I can’t say I appreciate the considerable sums they demand for a taste of their products, but they are top notch and the visit is well structured and very educative. Friendly people, but clearly in it for the money and fame as much as by passion.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 9, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Yup, this place rocks! Where ice cider was born and everything they have here is quality. A very informative and friendly tasting and the people pouring it know their stuff. Pretty swanky bathrooms in here, although I suspect some people will be put off by the deer hoof coat hooks. There are a fewf other foodstuff for sale inside and they don’t skimp on the sampling of the products either. They have lots of small batch stuff that you can only get here as well, which is kind of nice to see.
LilBeerDoctor (319) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is more of a beer store (or cider store, if you will) than a destination. It is located in a very rural town in Quebec (googlemaps got our directions wrong). It is an idyllic wooden tasting room right alongside the orchard. A nice, open space, well-decorated, and even the bathrooms were really nice. They served us 4 different samples - one of the sparkling ciders, a still cider, Neige Premiere, and Neige Recolte D’Hiver. The staff was very knowledgeable about each cider. Then you can buy their ciders- they do offer at least a couple that are only available at the cidery and it looked like they had quite a few different vintages of some of the Neiges. Obviously their cider speaks for itself. As someone who does not have access to their ciders, it was a great (and expensive) stop, but for others it is probably not as exciting.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | August 28, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful space with a big open feel, modern and elegant. The staff here is generally very friendly, and usually speaks English rather well (or at least well enough to do a tasting for you). Bottle prices are pretty good, and there is often some vintage stuff that you simply would not find anywhere else. Certainly worth a visit, and the proximity to a couple of other cideries makes Hemmingford a nice stop en route to Montreal (or as we usually do, on the way home).
deyholla (261) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 24, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
A large modern feeling tasting room with a room in the back for classes. The person working when we visited wasn’t particularly knowledgeable but was quite friendly. All of their ciders were available for both sample and purchase. Obviously they are a bit expensive but well worth it IMO.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | August 26, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Like CapFlu, one of the things I note most immediately is the upscale "classy" details and general feel of the place -- this is no working-class cidery. But I feel that the quality of the product justifies the opulence to some extent, even if I felt more at home in the rustic cellars of Jodoin. This is worth a visit mostly for the tour, and for the possibility of rare vintages or experiments that may not be sold elsewhere. The regular line (Frimas, Neige, Neige Eternelle) is IMHO the cream of the cider world.
TaktikMTL (237) Montréal-Nord, Quebec | July 20, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Établissement visité le 15 juillet, vers 15h30, lors d’une promenade sur le "Circuit du Paysan". Ambiance: Boutique décorée avec classe avec musique de fond tranquilisante. Service: Nous avons pu goûter 5 produits tout à fait gratuitement. On nous a très bien expliquer l’historique et les caractéristiques de chaque produit. Selection: Ici vous êtes au pays des cidres de glace à l’exception de Dégel et de Bulles. Les cidres sont de qualité supérieur. Neige Éternelle et Frimas sont de pure délice. Nourriture: Rien de disponible à part du pâté de foie gras pour acompagner le cidre. (16e rating d’établissement)
Quevillon (216) Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec | July 3, 2006| Updated November 28, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I can’t believe nobody has added this place, the home of the #1 cider on RateBeer (Frimas), oh well! A nice and moderne cider house, next to a old house. You can only try 4 of there product (in order: Dégel, Neige, Neige Éternelle and Frimas), but it is free. You can buy all of the ciders (including gift packs).
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 2, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped on the way from Montreal to Vermont. Pretty cool shop with a broad selection of their own wares. No tasting kits or anything. Free tastings of ciders but kind of a cold atmosphere. We were the only two people there and felt like we were putting them out (particularly compared to salamandres). Not really worth a second visit, imo.
CapFlu (194) Victoria, British Columbia | July 3, 2006| Updated July 4, 2006
52 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
The place stinks of affluence... and apples. I love the architecture, I love the ciders, I love the couple that run this place. However, I think this cidery has tapped a rich market in Japan and sells over 70% of their product abroad (I head the Waldorf in NYC and the majority to Tokyo and Paris) - too bad they seem to price themselves into the stratosphere for the locals. I really enjoy the drive out to Hemminford but would really suggest the concentration of quality cideries in the Rougemount and the Magog region. Also, they charged me $5 for a 2oz SAMPLE of Frimas...
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