For Rochesterians, Route 104 is our version of the legendary Route 66, taking you away from the city in search of adventure. Just 40 minutes from downtown Rochester in the Wayne County village of Williamson, Apple Country Spirits is located on a farm just off Eddy Road. You may recognize the farm as the location of the popular Halloween haunted hay ride (it looks a lot different in the day time). Nothing scary about the cider tasting room, though you might miss the turn onto Eddy Road if you’re not paying attention.
The tasting room is bright and features a smart, traditional looking bar with all of ACS’ Rootstock ciders on tap. The day my date and I visited, they also had an IPA from Swiftwater Brewing on the guest tap. We both had a tasting flight of ciders, and between the two of us we got to try every style. We enjoyed the distinct flavor profiles of each sample, which ranged from dry champagne to tangy cider. We ended up taking home a bottle of Legend and Original between us.
Our friendly bartender encouraged us to try the cordial tasting. We tried samples of cherry, apple, apricot, and raspberry dessert wines. These were not your grandpa’s syrupy-sweet liqueurs. All were very bright, with full fruit flavors. My date took home a bottle of cherry, I added raspberry to my basket. ACS also produces their own line of flavored brandies and vodka.
Our server was bright and friendly and was very knowledgeable about the products. We visited on a Sunday afternoon, so had the place pretty much to ourselves, so it felt like we were getting a private tasting!
Overall, a very enjoyable experience. The Rootstock brand dates back to 2012, and is an outgrowth of the fourth generation DeFisher Farms also located in Williamson. Apple Country Spirits makes a fine addition to Wanye County’s apple-producing region, and is worth the visit from anywhere in the region.