callmemickey (47) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | December 7, 2012| Updated September 27, 2014
Just tucked over the border in Canada sits La Face Cachee de la Pomme. A modern tasting room sits among the orchard. Inside is a friendly staff that will guide you through a tasting of some of their ice cider and ciders. Pretty much all of their selection is available for purchase... a bit pricey, but far better prices than the Canadian liquor stores. La Face puts out the best stuff and this is the place to visit for it.
My second time here, this place continues to be fun. Though it seems near impossible to wring a tour out of them, they are more than eager to give you (multiple, if you ask) tastes of all their products, including the $33 Neige Eternelle and $43 Frimas. They must pour $5-10 worth of cider for each person there. Tough to complain about that, especially when the product is so unbelievably good!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Cidery Tasting Room and Farm Tour Level. . . . . . . . . . .High Location. . . . . . . .Poor, farmlands far south of Montreal Prices. . . . . . . . . .High for all items Tap Selection. . . .None Bottle Selection. .Good, all current portfolio offered Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, free tasting flight from bottle pours Full Pours. . . . . . .No Beer Level. . . . . .Cider level Very High Food. . . . . . . . . . .No Food Level. . . . .. n/a Staff. . . . . . . . . . .Friendly, Attentive Growlers. . . . . . .No Noise Level. . . . .Quiet Décor. . . . . . . . . .Modern, High Tech Good for Kids. . .Would be extremely boring Parking. . . . . . . ..Private Lot WiFi. . . . . . . . . . .Unknown Cash Only. . . . . .No Recommended. .Yes for Special Releases Comments: One their farm they have a formal tasting room and bottle shop set up with modern decor and all of their products for sale including at least one thing not found in any store, their new Cuvee Chateau Frontenac made for a hotel in Quebec City. Neige Reserve is also hard to find in stores. They sell gift packs, logo’ed glassware. Tasting flight is free and includes just about whatever. Prices are high, but that is the norm for all ice ciders and La Face is no exception. Spending $100-$200 here is not unordinary.
Ambiance: Large modern and chic tasting room and boutique in line with their marketing approach. They are as good in the marketing department than they are at making great products which might explain how successful they are compare to some other producers.
Service: Super friendly service and a very good knowledge of the products / the business / the apples. Only downside is that the "salespitch" is never too far.
Selection: All of their current products are available here, including Neige Cuvée du Château Frontenac (which is only available there and at Le Château Frontenac) as well as the current Inspiration. There’s also some nice vintage bottles available.
Value: For small flights (1/2 oz), you have 2 options available... you can get 4 of their products for free (the most regular / less pricey stuff) or you can pay 4$ to try eight of their products (including Neige Noir and Cuvée Château Frontenac). Price for the bottles are very similar to what you get at SAQ stores.
Overall: It was nice to finally visit the place after drinking so much of their ciders / ice ciders. I will probably come back for a visit during summer and/or for "La Classe Neige" in January. Definitely worth a visit at least once and an occasional quick visit to get their more limited products.
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).