HARD CIDER IS HOT THESE DAYS, and Kensington
resident Matt Cimino was in on the ground floor of
the burgeoning trend. With a doctorate in botany from
the University of Maryland, Cimino was doing forensic
analysis for government contractors when he decided
to switch gears, opening Great Shoals Winery in 2010.
By the next year, he was selling Spencerville Red
Hard Apple Cider, made from an apple variety from
Spencerville, Maryland. Great Shoals now produces more
than a dozen varieties of hard cider, as well as a host of
traditional and sparkling wines.
While the wines are made in a few locations around
the state, Great Shoals’ hard ciders are made right in
Silver Spring, in a warehouse at Heyser Farms, where
Cimino also runs a tasting room. Great for a weekend
activity, even on a cold winter day, the tasting flights
range from $7 to $10.
Great Shoals Winery at Heyser Farms, 14526 New Hampshire
Ave., Silver Spring, 410-849-9616, www.greatshoals.com.
Winter tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
10 a.m to 6 p.m. Saturday. The ciders are also served at
Denizens Brewing Co. and Urban Winery in Silver Spring, and
bottles can be purchased at Fenwick Beer and Wine in Silver
Spring, MOM’s Organic Market and King Farm Wine Shop in
Rockville and Roots in Olney.
HOMETOWN HARD CIDER
hamburgers and doughnuts, Bethesda’s
Bold Bite owner Alonso Roche is going
back to his culinary roots with a tapas bar.
Roche is shooting for an informal, lively
venue called De Tapas, to be opened
sometime this spring in a portion of the
former BlackFinn pub, right next to his
Bold Bite eatery.
At press time, Maki Bar, a sister restaurant
to Bethesda’s Maki Maki sushi place, was
getting ready to open at The Shops at
Wisconsin Place on Wisconsin Avenue,
right below Trader Joe’s.
After less than a year in business, Silver
Spring’s Sligo Café changed ownership
and, in November, was transitioning from
American comfort food to casual Korean.
Benny’s Bar & Grill also changed hands, when
the Potomac restaurant was sold in October
to the owner of the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. Not
surprisingly, a traditional Irish restaurant is in
the offing, estimated for arrival in January.
Also in 2016, construction will begin on
a 15-seat bar at La Ferme restaurant in
Chevy Chase; replacing a small private
party room, it will offer drinks and small
plates as well as the regular menu.
In big closing news, Chef Geoff’s on
Rockville Pike, which opened in 2012,
couldn’t make a go of it, shuttering in
early November. Owner Geoff Tracy told
Bethesda Beat that he was unable to
generate the necessary revenue and was
losing a lot of money at the location.
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