Our Visit to Far from the Tree
The weekend before last was one of those rare summer weekends when we had no prior commitments: no family get-togethers, no BBQs hosted by friends, and no errands or jobs around the house needing doing. Our time was our own.
We had recently been discussing visiting a local cidery, as our last cidery visit up to Stowe and Citizen Cider had already been nearly three months ago. With 70° weather and an entire day to ourselves, it seemed like the perfect time to end our cider draught drought. Not wanting to have to travel too far, we decided to visit Far from the Tree, which is about a 40ish-minute drive north of Boston in Salem, MA.
The Far from the Tree taproom is not situated in the downtown area of Salem, but it is only a 15 or so minute walk from downtown. So, you can park your car downtown, walk to the taproom, and then walk back to the downtown area to eat, shop, and visit one of the many tourist attractions (like the Hocus Pocus house pictured below).
The taproom itself has a relaxed, welcoming vibe to it. Upon walking up to the taproom entrance, you are greeted by a bright, red mural across the door featuring an apple with a tree in the center – the cidery’s logo. There is also a sign with a Bob’s Burger reference proclaiming that their cider “puts butts in seats.” When you walk into the cidery, the bar is located along the center of the back wall, and there is seating around the bar, as well as tables inside and benches outside in their patio. In the alcove by the bathroom, there is a shelf filled with board games that you are free to use. (We actually ended up sitting next to a group of people playing one of our all-time favorite games, Pandemic.) As if that is not enough to already make you love the place, the outdoor patio is dog friendly, so you get to enjoy your cider alongside adorable dogs.
On tap, there were eight different ciders, all of which sounded intriguing, which made it difficult to settle on four for our flights. I ended up going with Macachusetts, Old Man, Earl, and Patch. Ramsay also got Old Man and Patch, but in addition, he picked out Nova and Nebula (don’t you love the names?). Each flight was reasonably priced at $14.
Since it was such a nice day out, we opted to sit outside in the patio, where quite a few other people were also seated. It was a subdued but lively atmosphere. People were talking, laughing, and playing board games, but they were doing so at an indoor level. We were actually fortunate enough to be seated near a couple who had brought a pack of Tarot cards with them and were practicing their craft on other patrons, so we got to hear people’s fortunes being read while sipping away on our cider.
As for the ciders, they were all enjoyable, but our favorite was Patch, a strawberry-basil infused cider. The strawberry flavor was neither overpowering nor artificial tasting, and the basil taste, which came toward the end of the sip, helped to balance out the sweetness of the strawberry. Another notable cider was Old Man, which was aged in rye whiskey barrels with cedar tips. The cedar gave the cider such a unique (and delicious) flavor.
We hung around the taproom for a while, enjoying our ciders and taking in the atmosphere. When we eventually left, we couldn’t help but take some ciders back home with us. We were able to mix and match the ciders to make our own 4-pack, so we ended up grabbing two cans of Patch and two of Nova. Since we have no self-control, we also purchased bottles of their Roots and Cellerman’s Reserve Ciders, so be sure to look out for reviews of those in the coming weeks.
All in all, we really enjoyed our visit to the Far from the Tree taproom, and we’ve already started talking about returning in the fall or winter to sample the seasonal varieties that come out at that time of year. Until then, we’ll have to make do with the Far from the Tree ciders in our fridge.