Necessity always leads to innovation. After years of improving our process, and working to develop our techniques and source the best ingredients, Wyndridge Cider Company & Winding Path Brewing Company was born.
Wyndridge Cider Co. has become a staple hard cider brand in the Mid-Atlantic, constantly pushing the envelope and delivering quality and consistent blends through our portfolio. Our hard cider is fermented cold and blended in small batches with fresh PA Apples. Our cider is situated in one of the top apple growing regions in United States giving us a leg up when hand selecting various apples for our cider blends.
Cider Master, Scott Topel has been making hard cider for over 18 years. Starting in upstate NY using all apples from local farms, he honed the craft on a small scale. While attending UC Santa Cruz where he completed a degree in Music with high honors, Scott founded and ran a craft cidery in Felton, CA, which is still in operation today.
After college, Scott studied commercial hard cider production amidst hundreds of miles of orchards in Northwest Washington at the University of Washington’s agricultural extension center. Later while attending graduate school in Milwaukee at UWM, Scott further explored cider making with Aeppeltreow Winery in Burlington, WI.
After moving back east in 2012, Scott began working as a hard cider consultant for various breweries and wineries helping to launch several very successful ventures. With Wyndridge from the beginning, Scott is Head Cider Maker at Wyndridge Farm and manages all cider production from pressing to packaging. With a focus on obtaining the best possible fruit from 100% PA farms, he’s looking to express the character of our local orchards with his hard cider while trying unconventional yeasts and fruit blends to create new flavor experiences. Onsite at the farm Scott usually has around 10 cider side projects including things like honey ciders, mojito ciders, fruit ciders and various barrel aged ciders from wine, brandy, tequila, whiskey and bourbon barrels. He’s looking forward to exploring new markets with Wyndridge and continuing to grow while staying true to a full juice cider, never fermented with concentrate.
Partnered with a new Brewmaster at the helm, the search to name our brewing project began. Organically, we stumbled across multiple meanings of the word “Windridge”, in this case, spelled with an “i” instead of a “y”. In the Old English Translation the word “Windridge” means “Dweller on a ridge of a Winding Path.”
It was only fitting that our name became the planted root of what we had already started to grow. Now we’re proud to put Winding Path Beer on the map with intention, identity quality, and purpose.
Our brewing and cider-making facility is run by our superb team and consists of a 30-barrel automated brewhouse with a 30,000 barrel a year fermentation capacity.
Our portfolio includes six-flagship beer & cider packaged products, three farm-crafted sodas and numerous seasonal beers and ciders. In January 2015 we moved from self-distribution to wholesale and our crafty beverages are being sold in PA, MD, NJ, NY, NC, VA, DC, OH, GA, TN and AL. More states to be launched in the next few months.
Head Brewer, Irena Bierzynski has been brewing professionally for 8 years, since August of 2011. She started out by volunteering a craft brewery on the bottling line while she was still working on her BA in Chemistry from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of her degree, she was hired at that same brewery. There, she started cleaning tanks and filling kegs and worked up to brewing. Originally from Detroit, Irena decided to return to the East Coast in 2014. She took a job at Victory Brewing and eventually worked her way up to on-shift manager at their Parkesburg facility. During her time with Victory, Irena learned about equipment installation. She also learned how to brew with each new year’s crop of malt and hops, agricultural products that vary slightly from harvest to harvest, sometimes having a big effect on the resulting brew! In 2018, Irena took a hiatus from brewing professionally to become a certified master brewer. She attended a six month course at the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB), where she studied with the most promising up-and-coming brewmasters from countries like the Ukraine, Greece, and Argentina. Topics of study there included in depth analysis of water chemistry, malting, and fermentation. And she finished first in her class!
Irena joined Wyndridge’s staff in January of 2019. She’s excited about developing a contemporary, exciting catalog of beers. She’ll use her background in classical German brewing technique to show just what this brew system can do!
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