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  • Dawn LeFevre

Jack’s Hard Cider House & Mela Kitchen

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

We first discovered Jack’s Hard Cider back in 2017 during a visit to the Hauser Estate Winery. While we were initially lured in by the breathtaking hilltop views and award-winning wines, it was the discovery of the Jack’s Hard Cider brand made that visit memorable. When Hauser Estate closed in October 2019, we were crushed. Another beautiful winery lost and along with it, our beloved Jack’s Hard Cider. Or so we thought. So imagine our joy upon learning that Jack’s Hard Cider had been sold off and moved to the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. There, Jack’s not only as a retail store for those seeking a dog-friendly casual tasting experience along with live music but also an awesome restaurant called Mela Kitchen. The food at Mela Kitchen is fantastic, offering everything from small plates to pizza and pasta to family style entrees. Not to mention Jack’s Hard Cider on tap. Onward then to the tasting!

Tastings were $10 for 4 samples and we kicked off with Jack’s Original, a dry, slightly carbonated hard cider with a slightly sweet finish. Next was my hubby’s favorite, the Toddy, a bourbon barrel-aged cider with a dry, robust finish. Jack’s Pear in my humble opinion is simply the best pear cider I’ve ever tasted - slightly acidic, fruit forward and sweet without being sugar-drenched. And finally, the hard cider that has been near and dear to my heart ever since I first tasted it at the Hauser Estate back in 2017 – Helen’s. Would it taste as good as I recalled? Heck yeah! Crisp and fruity with just the right amount of sweetness, Helen’s is the fourth of July in a glass, a true celebration of all that I love about hard cider.

While the venue has changed, I am thrilled to report that the quality and consistency of Jack’s Hard Cider has not and we will continue being loyal fans for many years to come.

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