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Corcoran launches first hard cider business in Loudoun

Corcoran Vineyards will host a grand opening at its new hard cider tasting bar July 5. Times-Mirror/Karen Graham
Joining the fast-growing hard cider market, Corcoran Vineyards will host a grand opening at its new hard cider tasting bar July 5.

The new bar will be located at the Corcoran’s Corkys Lane property in Waterford, near the wine tasting room.

Formerly used as the brewery barn, the building was completely gutted and transformed for this project.

The Corcorans installed a 38-foot bar with an outdoor patio. Inside the barn will have seating for 32 people, while the outside patio provides ample space for as many as 80 people. There is also a picnic area for families to enjoy games and additional seating.

In addition to serving the new production of hard cider, there will be barbecue available for purchase.

Jim Corcoran said they plan to split their wine production and will now produce 6,000 gallons of hard cider and 6,000 gallons of wine per year.

“We are the first in Loudoun to do hard cider, and the first combination winery, brewery and cider maker in Virginia,” Jim Corcoran said. There are currently eight cideries in Virginia.

The Corcoran’s most recently opened a brewery in Purcellville, which so far is doing “very well” with 12 beers on tap, and is “at capacity,” Jim Corcoran said.

Lori Corcoran said they use up to seven different varieties of apples to make the cider, using a fermenting process that takes about three weeks to make.

The first batch of hard cider is pale in color with some light carbonation.

As a winemaker using apples instead of grapes, “I have been told the taste has more wine tendencies than beer,” Lori Corcoran said.

The Corcoran’s first production of hard cider made one variety, however, this fall Lori Corcoran plans to make up to four different varieties of cider.

“Hard cider is outpacing wine and beer and is one of the fastest growing in our industry right now,” Lori Corcoran added.

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