There’s always an effervescence in the air at Verger Hemmingford, and not just in the fermentation tanks. Their equipment is working at full capacity to can their ready-to-drink ciders, Original, Raspberry, and Tranquille, and to bottle their famous Cidre de Glace. Not to mention Spritzöl, a cider-based spritzer made with 100 percent natural ingredients certified as "Aliment du Québec," on which the couple have pinned a lot of hope. "We’re focusing on the distribution of our star products until they become the Quebec ciders," explains François Pouliot, reached by phone.
He and his spouse, Stéphanie Beaudoin, have a lot of projects to brag about, never mind the social distancing measures currently in place. To start with, there’s the show Occupation double: Le Cidre, produced as part of Quebec’s Cider Week, which is taking a break this year. “Since we can’t invite everyone to come and celebrate cider here at the orchard, we’re bringing the cider to you!” enthuses Beaudoin.
For five days, Verger Hemmingford will open its virtual doors to enable Quebecers to follow the activities of their team (broadcast on Facebook and Instagram). "Every encounter will offer an intimate look into our universe," explains Pouliot. "Quebec is apple country, like it says in our slogan ‘Long live Quebec cider!' We produce excellent ciders made with eating apples. That gives them a character that’s unlike any other cider in the world. I find that so cool!"