At Eden Specialty Ciders (formerly, Eden Ice Cider), Eleanor and Albert Leger have spent the past several years producing high-end ciders and apple-based aperitifs, many of which command $20 or more for a small bottle. Now, with the debut of Border Buster Cider — which they've produced collaboratively with Verger Heath Orchards of Stanstead, Québec, Sunrise Orchards of Cornwall and Farrell Distributing — they're looking to enter the everyday drinking market.
old St. Lawrence valley varieties from Heath Orchard, such as Lawson, Famouse, Joyse, Melba and Lafam.
Leger said importing apples and juice from Québec was fairly easy, requiring just a stop at the border, during which she filled out a form and payed a fee of $10.75.
This year's Border Buster release — just 120 cases of 500 milliliter bottles (that's just over a pint) — will be available for about $5 per bottle at outlets including Winooski's Beverage Warehouse, Healthy Living Market & Café, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Waterbury Craft Beer Cellar and others.
Eden has also been collaborating with other cidermakers nationwide, including New York's Angry Orchard, California's Tilted Shed Ciderworks and a host of New England cideries on projects that Leger wasn't yet ready to discuss in detail. But the big idea?
"Banding together with other likeminded cidermakers to [produce] fun, interesting things for people to share," she said.