West County Cider, of Colrain Massachusetts was one of the very first producers of cider post prohibition in the US, starting back in 1984. Terry Maloney made the cider on the side while continuing to work as head of the local hospital’s ER. He and wife Judith and son Field worked tirelessly selling their notable ciders and were founders of the now annual CiderDays in Franklin County Massachusetts, one of the first cider fests in the US now in its 21st year.
It was a long road for the family, even with write ups in the New York Times and Ebony magazine touting their ciders. Just as cider was beginning its long awaited comeback, tragedy struck the family in 2010. Terry died when a valve released on a tank of gas throwing him back into a nearby wall. Field who had helped plant apple trees with his dad, stepped up to the plate and is now full-on as cidermaker at this renown orchard. Listen as he speaks with Cider Chat about the cider revival in the US, working with Redfield apples, and the bountiful future of West County Cider.