Author Archives: Fran Massaro

One Year Anniversary Celebration!

Happy One Year Anniversary Bent Ladder!

September is a very special month here at Bent Ladder. Yes, it’s the official start of the harvest season – apples, grapes…ciders, wines; but it’s also the month that we first opened our doors to the public. It’s hard for us to believe that it’s been a full year since we poured those first glasses […]

Great Summer Expectations

Picnic tables overlooking lake

Summer is almost here! Matt has the outdoor seating areas nearly ready, Ginger (our latest variety of hard cider – and my new personal favorite) will make its tap debut the week of Memorial Day; Summer Gold will follow soon after. We’ve got an events calendar full of great food, live music, fun classes and gorgeous sunsets. Make plans now […]

Spring Arrivals, Summer Expectations and Fall Returns

Photo collage from Cleveland Museum of Natural History exhibit featuring Bent Ladder - now on our wall at the winery.

Arriving soon…two new cider varieties for your enjoyment – Ginger and Summer Gold! Matt is putting the finishing touches to Ginger and hopes to have it in kegs and on tap in the next couple weeks. This one is already my personal favorite – by far! Now, I love all our ciders, but the spicy ginger […]

Learning, Creating and Enjoying – Past and Future…

Bangles, Pendants and Earrings, Painting "Purple Joy"

What we’ve done… Saturday Tours & Tastings and Painting Class Matt’s cidery tours were sold out almost every Saturday evening in February and March. Some of you also came out this past Saturday to turn a blank canvas into a beautiful vase of flowers as Katie Harding instructed you in the use of color, blending and texture in painting. Thank you […]

The Fun Has Begun – Paintings and Tours!

Painting Class - Completed Paintings of Four Poppies

It’s been a while since my last update – that’s because it’s been a busy time here at Bent Ladder! One week ago, we hosted our first ever painting class led by Connie Kramer from Art Break. Connie provided step-by-step instructions to 15 budding artists as they sipped glasses of their favorite Bent Ladder cider, and enjoyed light […]

New Year’s News

What's New - Games, tours, painting class and pretzel bread!

Happy 2017! Here are just a few new things we’re working on at the winery: Game Corner – So far we’ve got Scrabble, Uno and a couple decks of cards. Okay, it’s just start. Our staff (who,by the way, are the best staff in the world) have offered to clean out their game closets and bring in […]

Bent Ladder Gift Baskets for the Holidays!

We get it. It’s the holidays and you’re busy. Entertaining. Being Entertained. Shopping. So at Bent Ladder we’re making your holidays easier with three tasteful gift options. Bent Ladder Gift Baskets – Available in a variety of sizes and styles. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect hostess gift, something for the relative who has everything […]

Crystal Clear Cider

A Tale of Two Glasses - Cloudy Unfiltered Cider on Left, and Crystal Clear Cider on Right

Making hard cider is hard work! The process that began in early March with the grinding and pressing of apples is, at last, reaching the final stages. During the past three months the pressed apple juice has undergone fermentation, several rackings (the process of transferring the juice from one tank to another while leaving behind all the solids that […]

Landscaping in Front of the Winery

We were hard at work over the Memorial Day weekend, planting more than 40 shrubs, trees, flowering perennials and grasses along the entire south-facing side of the winery. Plants were chosen specifically to tantalize both the eyes and noses of our customers. A walk along the path will treat you to a scent-sensation of fragrant Viburnums, […]