Our Story

Do you like apples? Here at Ugly Apple, we’re passionate about apples, especially the scarred, crabbed, and ugly apples that only a mother could love. In fact, we’re so passionate about apples and cider that we’ve spent the past five years perfecting our craft of artisanal, small-batch, clear, crisp and dry wines and ciders using wild apples straight from our farm. In our opinion, there’s no apple too ugly to love.

Our scale may be small here at Ugly Apple, but our love for cider is big. Our focus is on making cider the way it’s meant to be made, using the apples that’s available on our farm, followed by crushing, fermenting, and finally serving cold, using the long pour.

At Ugly Apple we produce both traditional and Spanish-style “sidras,” ciders that have a unique, funky taste, and are naturally still. Ugly apples, small and sweet apples, and mouth-puckering wild apples, these are what make our ciders taste so good. How good? Good enough to walk away with two medals from the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the largest international cider competition around, a competition that includes entries from some of the best cideries in the world.

Our 2017 Ugly Apple cider received a silver medal for a Natural Cider, El Escanciador, a traditional Spanish-styled “sidra” made using the rare Lanark Greening along with select heritage varieties. El Escanciador features zero residual sugar, and a tart, sour and slightly fruity flavour. In the same competition, Ugly Apple Wilding Apple Wine also received a bronze medal, under the category of Specialty Cider and Perry.

Our cidery is a true family adventure, operated from the same property where we raised our four children, with official ownership that includes Bret and Amy Hogue, and our oldest son, Ethan Hogue. The remaining three children demonstrate their support by ample sampling of cider in the various stages of production.

Our ciders and wines are produced on 55 acres of rolling Lanark Highlands farmlands, deep in the wilds of Lanark County.