Ben Kerr, was a pianist, plumber and legendary rum runner. At the height of prohibition, he moved his bootlegging operation to Presqu'ile, the birthplace of Empire Cider. An accomplished boat-builder, his "Pollywog" was considered the fastest boat on Lake Ontario
In the winter of 1928/29 he never returned from a run across the lake to Rochester, NY. The circumstances around his death remain suspicious.
Midnight Run is our Bourbon-infused tribute, to Kerr and the region's rich liquor lore of old.
For some more local history, we wanted to pay respects to Brighton native E.C. Hayward, who trained 'Dark Star' to a huge upset victory at the 1953 Kentucky Derby. The cider is infused with blackcurrant cordial from Prince Edward County Fare, which gives it a light pink shade and notes of citrus. Who doesn't love a kick-ass underdog?
If you did not know, growers use quite a bit of pesticide and we need to wash all our apples before we juice them. For Wild Thing, we picked our own from a local defunct orchard that had not been farmed in decades. We did still clean them off and the result is probably as organic as a cider can get. Natural carbonation is done with buckwheat honey and cranberries. It's earthy, has a funk and yells "Apples!" at you as soon as you open it. Hopefully, we can do more this fall.
It's fun to find complimenting flavours and 'infusings' for our cider, and this label is designed to cover those special small batch one-offs. Variety is the spice of life!