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8546 Pete Wiles Rd
Middletown, MD, 21769
United States

3014733568

Maryland's premier meadery and winery specializing in complex honey wines as well as unique red and white varietals. Locally crafted, Internationally awarded.

Events

Events with Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery. 

Wine In The Woods
May
20
May 21

Wine In The Woods

  • Symphony Woods Park

Maryland's biggest wine festival is back!

As always, to help us pour samples to the masses we're looking for volunteers. Sign up for a shift and you'll get free admission to the festival (a $35+ savings!) and a little thank you present from us. Spots go quickly, so don't delay!

The signup.com button below will allow you to pick your time slot. *Remember* each volunteer must sign up with their own name so that we can make sure everyone gets free admission! Thanks for helping!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
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Maryland Winemaker Series: Anything But Grapes
Mar
26
1:00 pm13:00

Maryland Winemaker Series: Anything But Grapes

  • Millstone Cellars

You know cider is made of apples and mead of honey, but what ELSE are our local makers using to make their product unique?  Explore chili peppers, spices, berries, rhubarb & more! 

Frederick Honey for Mead

Our resident fermentation expert, Andrzej for an in-depth look and taste into our unique process. Joining him will be Curt from Millstone Cellars, Linda from Faulkner Branch Cidery, and James from Charm City Meadworks.

Tickets can be found here

Barrel Tasting: Nothing to Hide.
Mar
25
Mar 26

Barrel Tasting: Nothing to Hide.

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

We're opening up the cellar doors to let out all of our latest creations.

Sweet Mead // Dry Mead // Cyser

From bee to bottle, we've got nothing to hide. No flavorings. No adjuncts. Just honey, crisp South Mountain water, and the real ingredients in their natural state. 

Mead Barrels

It's always hard for us to let anyone taste any creation that's less than perfect but crafting quality mead is a long and painstaking process. For this barrel tasting, we're going to show off meads in all different points of the meadmaking process. Some need oak, some need steel, and others are just about ready for the bottle.  

The following meads will be making an appearance:

  • Juno - Pinot Gris Mead
  • Melusine - Dry Heirloom Cider Mead
  • Lumberjack - Sweet Heirloom Cider Mead (multiple vintages)
  • Duchess - Local Ginger Root Mead
  • Hunter - Lightly Spiced Mead

Our resident biochemist will guide guests through a full spectrum of flavors and leave your taste buds excited for our future fermented goodies. Join us!

Mead Barrel Tasting

Just $15/person

*No tickets needed, just show up anytime during open hours Sat & Sun*

*Club members receive half-off barrel tasting fee*

*All ages welcome. Must be 21+ to drink*

*High heels not recommended* 

VALENTINE'S DAY WINE AND MEAD TASTING WITH ZOE'S CHOCOLATES -- Now with bubbly!
Feb
11
Feb 12

VALENTINE'S DAY WINE AND MEAD TASTING WITH ZOE'S CHOCOLATES -- Now with bubbly!

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Join the team at Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery for a special V-Day pairing with chocolates from Zoe's Chocolates! Each chocolate has been carefully chosen to complement our tasting list and your taste buds. Wine and mead (honey wine) taste even more delectable.

As an added bonus, we're releasing our newest creation: Melusine - a sparkling mead made with fresh heirloom apple cider.

Grab the one you love and treat them with something special!

Melusine Mead with glass
Winter Wine '17
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

Winter Wine '17

  • B&O Railroad Museum
Winter Wine 2017

Sparkling Wine Reception 6pm-7pm. Roundhouse Tasting 7pm-9:30pm

All Aboard! Roundhouse Tasting $55

Sparkling Wine Pre-Reception+Roundhouse Tasting $70

Experience the best wine that Maryland has to offer in a small, exclusive and unique setting. Hosted in the historic B&O Roundhouse, Winter Wine showcases the best of the best, as noted by critical acclaim and by the evening’s guest curator, WYPR’s Al Spoler.  Throughout the evening, attendees will engage with winemakers and owners, enjoy delicious stationary hors d’oeuvres, and tap their feet to live music provided by award-winning Jazz musician, David Bach.

http://www.marylandwineevents.com/winter-wine/

Mazer series release dinner with Perfect Little Bites
Dec
10
6:00 pm18:00

Mazer series release dinner with Perfect Little Bites

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

We've been working hard for the last few years on a very special mead series. Now that it's ready, all of us at Orchid Cellar are excited to share it with you.

The "Mazer" series is a line of mead and wine hybrids that combine the best of both. With the help of some choice estate-grown petit verdot, petit manseng, and chardonnay grapes, we've made something quite tasty. 

  • Mazer Rosa is a fresh and light rose mead with some fantastic floral and red grape note.
  • Mazer White is an elegant and slightly creamy mead with strong floral notes and fantastic acidity.
  • Mazer Red is an opulent earthy mead big notes of cassis and powerful tannins. Imagine your favorite dry red blend combined into the body of a mead

To celebrate, we'd like to invite you to join us for an intimate five-course pairing dinner with Chris Spear of Perfect Little Bites. We'll start with a cocktail hour, descend into three scrumptious main courses and finish with a one-of-a-kind dessert.

Check out the menu below.

  • Appetizer: Toasted bread with deviled country ham salad, quince paste & arugula

  • Smoked Gouda cheese spread

  • Thai soba noodle salad with peanut sauce

  • Grilled boneless chicken thigh with harissa over couscous

  • Dessert: Coconut cardamom bulgur pudding with charred pineapple (tossed with archer)

 

We hope you'll join us! Don't wait long as seats are very limited!

 

FAQs

 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

21+ only, please. Alcohol will be served.

 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We have plenty of parking for everyone. We're happy to hang around and chat after the dinner to allow everyone to drive home safely.

For those that don't wish to drive, we recommend downloading the uber app to your smartphone and requesting a ride to and from the meadery. In our experience, Uber is a great option in this area as long as you're not in a hurry to get home.

 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email Dan at dan@orchidcellar.com

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope. You only need to know the name of the person that purchased the tickets.

 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Not a problem at all.

Happy hour with Chris Smaha
Dec
9
3:00 pm15:00

Happy hour with Chris Smaha

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and WInery

From 3pm-8pm each Friday, we'll hold a happy hour to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of everyone's favorite: not the weekdays! (some may also refer to this as "the weekend")

On December 9th, Chris Smaha will be gracing us with his groovy jams.

Drinks and lite food will be available from 3-8pm as the sun sets. Chris will play from 5-7. Everyone is welcome to bring food if they'd like.

Help us get the word out via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266705003375124/

 

Friday Happy Hour with D.T. Huber
Dec
2
3:00 pm15:00

Friday Happy Hour with D.T. Huber

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

From 3pm-7pm each Friday until Christmas Eve, we'll hold a happy hour to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of everyone's favorite: not the weekdays! (some may also refer to this as "the weekend")

On December 2nd, D.T. Huber will be soothing your ears with his Americana Country Folk. Come watch the sunset, grab a drink

Drinks and lite food will be available from 3-8pm as the sun sets. D.T. will play from 5-7. Everyone is welcome to bring food if they'd like.

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Mead Tasting at Firestones Market
Nov
25
1:00 pm13:00

Mead Tasting at Firestones Market

  • Firestone's Market on Market

Join us for a tasting at Firestone's Market in their new location... still on Market Street in downtown Frederick, just a few doors down!

We'll be pouring samples of our favorite holiday mead: Archer, as well as a few other favorites from 1-4 pm

Downtown Frederick will also be celebrating "Frosty Friday" with a holiday open house at each locally owned store, so you can make it a fun evening for everyone

Happy Hour with Caroline Ferrante
Nov
18
3:00 pm15:00

Happy Hour with Caroline Ferrante

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

From 3pm-7pm each Friday until Christmas Eve, we'll hold a happy hour to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of everyone's favorite: not the weekdays! (some may also refer to this as "the weekend")

On December 9th, Caroline Ferrante will be soothing your ears with her Americana Folk. Many of you might remember her from our Grand Opening back in July.

Drinks and lite food will be available from 3-8pm as the sun sets. Caroline will play from 5-7. Everyone is welcome to bring food if they'd like.

Help us get the word out via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120520008062788/

Friday Happy Hour!
Nov
11
3:00 pm15:00

Friday Happy Hour!

You've had a long week...

So, we've decided to make your week better in the best way we know how: throwing a little shindig. Mead, wine, music, food, a fire pit, and one heck of a sunset.  Free admission for all!  Find the details below.

Food

We've teamed up with the one and only Pizza Llama to bring you choice pies made right in front of your eyes via their mobile fire oven. They'll be here from 4-8pm so get here early, grab a pie, grab a glass, and soak in the sunset. 

In addition, we're excited to announce that we've received a lite food license. Starting this Friday we'll serve some fine Cherry Glen goat cheese, water crackers, bruschetta crisps, gluten-free rice crackers, jellies and preserves, sundried tomato spread, artichoke tomato spread, chocolate truffles, cocoa dusted almonds, and an assortment of unique chocolate bars. Woo!

Music

Back for an encore is Panhandle Dan and his bassist, Mark Dorosh. From 5-7pm, they'll blend acoustic rock, blues, and folk. Perfect for a relaxing end of the week treat.

Corktoberfest
Oct
22
Oct 23

Corktoberfest

  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Corktoberfest Logo

We're participating in the second annual Corktoberfest wine festival and we need volunteers! Pour for a couple of hours and your admission is free (save $30/person). Our volunteers always have fun. Heck, most don't want to stop once their time is up!

Check out the festival here

Click the button below to sign up.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
From Grapes to Wine and Honey to Mead: A Barrel Tasting
Oct
8
Oct 9

From Grapes to Wine and Honey to Mead: A Barrel Tasting

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Fall is upon us which means a few things: harvest, deck sipping weather, and a bunch of new fermented goodies! We can't wait to share them with you, so we're hosting a barrel tasting to give everyone a preview. 

This tasting is for all wine lovers, mead fanatics, and craft beverage geeks. It's a great way to introduce friends and family to new beverages.

The event lasts all weekend, but we'll also have Panhandle Dan and his bassist playing some tunes from 3-5pm on Sunday. Bring a picnic, grab a glass, and soak in the scenery!

Tasting list will be posted soon.


$15 No tickets necessary, just show up!

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival
Sep
10
12:00 pm12:00

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival

  • Gateway Arts DIstrict

Joining forces, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and the Brewers Association of Maryland are proud to introduce “Arts & Ales,” the 2016 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Additional key partners include the City of Hyattsville and M-NCPPC.  Hyattsville is gearing up for Prince George’s County’s largest yearly arts event in the Gateway Arts Districthttp://hyattsvillearts.com

With a new venue incorporating 3 city blocks of downtown Hyattsville, “Arts & Ales” will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The juried festival will feature over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland craft breweries, food vendors, as well a variety of performances, including music and dance. The festival is expected to attract 4,500 visitors. The event is free and family-friendly. Tasting passes (ages 21+) are $30 in advance online and can also be purchased at the gate.

Experience the Festival >>>

Frederick Wine Festival
Aug
6
11:00 am11:00

Frederick Wine Festival

  • Carroll Creek Linear Park

The Inaugural Frederick Wine Festival is a celebration of the innovative wineries from across the state of Maryland and is poised to showcase an industry that is quickly growing to include many diverse and critically acclaimed wines.

Via Downtown Frederick Partnership

Via Downtown Frederick Partnership

The event is organized by Celebrate Frederick, Inc. in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association.

Paired with signature food selections from talented, local chefs, the festival is set to cater to the savviest of food and wine enthusiasts. If Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot make you swoon, and Albarino and Chardonnay are your go-to summer wines, then mark your calendars to join us in Historic Frederick.

The festival will also feature some of the area's best music including: 19th Street Band, The Archives, Hard Swimmin' Fish, The Fabulous Mary Ann Redmond Band, Mark Derose, Kerensa Gray, and Ampersand String Band.

-Celebrate Frederick

Get your tickets here

Grand Opening!
Jul
2
12:00 pm12:00

Grand Opening!

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Join Us For The Grand Opening of Our New Tasting Room!

RIbbon Cutting // Music // Crepes // Tastings // Tours


We've been in business in Middletown since 2010 and after years of growth with award-winning products, we decided to hand-build our new log cabin tasting room.

On July 2nd, we'll be hosting a grand opening shindig with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tastings, and tours of the property. Caroline Ferrante & the Whole Magilla will play after the ribbon cutting ceremony, so bring a lawn chair. The one and only Holy Crepes! Food Truck will be here to ward off hunger. 

This is a free event open to all, however you must be 21+ to drink. Come and celebrate with us!

Caroline Ferrante & the Whole Magilla

Caroline Ferrante & the Whole Magilla

Holy Crepes! Food Truck

Holy Crepes! Food Truck

Schedule:

  • Noon: Open and begin to serve tastings
  • 1pm: Holy Crepes! Food Truck arrives. 1st Vineyard and cellar tour with the winemaker
  • 2pm: Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Frederick Chamber of Commerce
  • 2:15pm: Caroline Ferrante & the Whole Magilla plays live!
  • 4pm: 2nd Vineyard and cellar tour with the winemaker
  • 5pm: 3rd Vineyard and cellar tour with the winemaker
Second Annual Father's Day Mead Flight of Spice
Jun
18
Jun 19

Second Annual Father's Day Mead Flight of Spice

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Year two: More spice! BBQ and Music!

Hunter Mead Sideways

Join us for a one of a kind sensory experience.

Last year we lost our minds and decided to make a handful of extra spicy meads (honey wines) with truly scary peppers. Turns out, people loved them and we sold out quickly. Join us again for a cellar tasting amongst the French oak barrels that help to make these one of a kind beverages possible.

This year, we're welcoming back two favorites and adding a limited release to the mix. Check out the menu below.

  • Hunter: The original. A Balanced slow burn, lemony with well-aged wood flavors.
  • Big Game Hunter: Black pepper notes alongside chile pepper spice. A Lasting slow burn.
  • Ghost Hunter: Smoky hot with highly floral killer bee honey
  • Scorpion Hunter: Woodsy spice with a sharp kick that sits high in the throat.
  • Project Hunter: Reaper. The hottest we've ever made, from the world's hottest pepper. *Only 150 bottles are available.*

You ticket gets you a regular tasting as well as a tasting of the entire spicy flight. You'll also get first dibs on our secret limited release. 

This is our tribute to fathers, but you certainly don't have to be a father to attend. Ladies like to get their spice on too!


Saturday Only:

Pork Authority will he here all day serving up their soon-to-be-famous BBQ. Musical act Austin and Olivia (formerly Skeleton Twins) will here from 3-4pm. Admission is free!


Mead Peppers
Wine in the Woods
May
21
May 22

Wine in the Woods

  • Merriweather at Symphony Woods

We'll be pouring at Maryland's largest wine festival. Come say hi!

Or, volunteer via the button below to pour for us and you'll get free admission!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
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May
8
1:00 pm13:00

Mother's Day Tastings with Caricatures of Mom

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Join us for a unique Mother's Day experience

Because she deserves more than roses.

Our locally famed label artist, Goodloe Byron, will be taking over a portion of our tasting room from 1-5. He'll be offering caricatures of moms, dogs, or whoever else you'd like in a quick and fun painting.

  • 6x9 $20
  • 9x12 $30

Each painting purchased earns you a free tasting! 

No need to sign up, just stop by from 1-5pm on Mother's Day.

Checkout Goodloe's work below.

Progressive Wine Tasting & Food Pairing
May
7
12:00 pm12:00

Progressive Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

  • MD-66 Park and Ride

3 Wineries // Wine // Mead // Tasty bites

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and food pairings with transportation provided!

Each winery will present a custom wine selection of 3 wines with each wine coupled with a small bite prepared by professional chefs. Learn how to pair local wines with food for presentation at your next dinner party or for your own enjoyment. We encourage everyone to use this opportunity to explore new wines, learn about pairings, and stock your cellar. 

Check out the rest of the info via the button below. We expect tickets to go quick, so don't dilly dally too much! 

Eventbrite - Red Heifer, Knob Hall, Orchid Cellar Progressive Wine Tasting &Food Pairing

We'll be pairing with Chris of Perfect Little Bites to create some truly one of a kind pairings. Check out some of his fabulous work below.

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South Mountain Spring Festival
Apr
30
May 1

South Mountain Spring Festival

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Join us and the rest of the best artisans of South Mountain for a weekend of fun. 

We'll be tasting an unreleased mead and wine hybrid known as a "pyment". Join us!

Apr
2
Apr 3

Barrel Tasting and Sneak Peek of Things to Come

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery
French Oak Barrel

Join us for an intimate barrel tasting of some special projects we've been working hard to perfect.

$15 gets you a full tasting for one at the bar and and 3 extra tastings of unreleased goodies in the barrel room. The custom glass is yours to keep. Here's the list:

Bar Tasting

  • Jezebel - Dry Red Blend of Merlot and Petit Verdot
  • Blacksmith - Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry Mead
  • Highlander - Hallertauer Hop Mead
  • Archer - Cinnamon and Clove Mead
  • Castellan - Madagascar Vanilla Mead
  • Hunter - Chile Pepper Mead

Barrel Tasting

  • 2013 Petit Verdot
  • Mazer Rosa - Wine and Mead Hybrid in the Style of a Rosé
  • Mazer Red - Wine and Mead Hybrid with Petit Verdot Grapes

We only open up our cellar 2-3 times per year, so this is a rare sneak peek. We hope you can join us.

Pick a time slot below. The barrel tasting will start shortly after the beginning time to allow everyone to enough the bar tasting first. If you're running late, or you need to change your time please call us.

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No age limit to enter, but must be 21+ to taste any alcohol

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at info(at)orchidcellar(dot)com

Can I update my registration information?
Certainly! Email us at info(at)orchidcellar(dot)com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If the name on the ticket is the same as the name of one of the people attending, then no.
If the name on the ticket is different from the name on the ticket, then yes.

Glasses in front of barrel room
Valentine's Day Wine and Mead Tasting With Zoe's Chocolates
Feb
14
12:00 pm12:00

Valentine's Day Wine and Mead Tasting With Zoe's Chocolates

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery
Jezebel Wine Family Label

Join the team at Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery for a special V-Day pairing with chocolates from Zoe's Chocolates! Each chocolate has been carefully chosen to completment our tasting list and your taste buds. Wine and mead (honey wine) taste even more delectable.

As an added bonus, we're releasing our newest wine: Jezebel- a dry merlot and petit verdot red blend.

Here's the full menu:

Mead

  • Jezebel - *New* Dry Red Wine Blend
  • Blacksmith - Blackberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry Mead
  • Cobbler - White Peach Mead
  • Archer - Cinnamon and Clove Mead
  • Castellan - Madagascar Vanilla Mead
  • Hunter - Chile Pepper Mead

Chocolates

  • Black Raspberry
  • Black Daphne
  • Baklava
  • Cacao
Zoe's Chocolate Box
Baklava Choclate

FAQs


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
No age limit to enter, but must be 21+ to taste any alcohol

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at info(at)orchidcellar(dot)com

Can I update my registration information?
Certainly! Email us at info(at)orchidcellar(dot)com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If the name on the ticket is the same as the name of one of the people attending, then no.
If the name on the ticket is different from the name on the ticket, then yes.

Nov
20
6:00 pm18:00

Wine Under the Lights

  • Seneca Creek State Park

We'll be there pouring some hot mead to keep you warm!

Wine under the lights

Wine Under the Lights is back by popular demand and space is limited - purchase your ticket today! 

Visitors will enjoy a large, heated tent featuring scenic selfie stations with fun props. Immerse yourself in our winter wonderland of sparkling trees, illuminated arches, animated vignettes and colorful displays. Bring your blanket and cozy up for a 3 mile trolley ride, enjoy live music and wine-tasting under a heated tent with friends, family, or that special someone. Price includes wine-tasting, tasting glass, light snacks, live music, hot beverage, and trolley ride. Individual glasses of wine available for purchase- prices vary- CASH only. 

Nov
7
4:00 pm16:00

Mead Tasting at Firestone's Market on Market

  • Firestone's Market on Market

Join us for a tasting at Firestone's Market in their new location... still on Market Street in downtown Frederick, just a few doors down!

We'll be pouring samples of hot Archer as well as a few other favorites from 4-7pm

Downtown Frederick will also be celebrating "First Saturday" with a holiday open house at each locally owned store, so you can make it a fun evening for everyone

Corktoberfest
Oct
24
Oct 25

Corktoberfest

  • Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds
CorktoberFest is a 2 day Wine Festival being held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds involving 18 wineries, numerous craft vendors, live musical entertainment, food trucks, and more! The first annual CorktoberFest will be held on October 24th and 25th, 2015.
— http://corktoberfest.com/

We're participating in the first Corktoberfest and we need volunteers! Pour for a couple of hours and your admission is free (save $30/person). Our volunteers always have fun. Heck, most don't want to stop once their time is up!

Click the button below to sign up.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot



The Grand Fondue
Oct
18
7:00 am07:00

The Grand Fondue

  • Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery

Wine! Back roads! Epic vistas! 

Grand Fondue 2015

The 2015 Grand Fondue at Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery is coming and this year we have great things planned. As usual, we’ll have a really cheap entry fee.  A no-profit venture with all proceeds going to a help support a local rider who is battling cancer.

Our Grand Fondue is about eating and riding.  Ride a huge ride, come back to a scenic winery in Middletown for some awesome food and wash it all back with some Merlot or Mead at Orchid Cellar.

Nothing will be timed; there will be no winners.  It’s going to be a challenging but relaxed ride, an easy pace to ease the legs through the terrain.  We’ll take in some of the finest and smallest roads in Frederick County.

Charity – All proceeds will be going to help out a local cyclist, Angela Rand Lakatos, who is battling Cancer. Angela is a longtime local mountain biker, who has helped many of her close friends in need. She has done pro bono legal work for local race promoters, and trail work in the watershed (perhaps you have ridden Angie’s trail?). In March 2015 Angela found a lump. The biopsy came back positive for 2 types of stage 3 cancer, and she has been told it is aggressive. Chemotherapy began on April 10, 2015 with multiple surgeries to come once recovery begins. To follow Angie’s story, visit Angie’s fight on Facebook. In a short amount of time the family is witnessing the cost add up, and Angela only has so many days of leave available to her and that will be used up fast.  So we want to do something to help!

Important Info:

100-Mile Route. 9,000 feet of climbing! Please know your limits, this will be hard but doable. In the past, this has taken some riders close to 10 hours to finish. Ride starts from Orchid Cellar at 7 am, so get there early to sign a waver and get situated. Lights are a good idea in case a flat or wrong turn keeps you out a little later. This will be a tough ride with a lot of climbing and some gravel roads mixed in. 25mm or 28mm tires are recommended. Extra tubes are a really good idea too! I would leave the carbon wheels at home.

50-Mile Route. 8:30 a.m. Start time. A little tamer but still challenging and takes you to some of our favorite local roads. Around 3,700 total feet of climbing and a little gravel too! Again, larger tires and extra tubes recommended.

25-Mile Route – The shorter ride will leave from the Orchid Cellar at 2pm.  About 2k of climbing and of course some gravel!

Who:  Bike Doctor Frederick and Orchid Cellar are hosting this event.  Because this is a winery, you need to bring an ID with you if you want to partake.  This isn’t a 21+ event, and we have to card because of that. Outside booze is prohibited and illegal.

How Much: $30

For non-riders: free entry and wine tastings for a minimal charge, are available with Orchid Cellar staff on site.

What does my 30 bucks get me?  Two glasses of either Merlot or Mead, a commemorative glass with something about the Fondue on it, and a super minimal sag wagon with some minimal support stations.  There will be local music out there, as well.  Food trucks will be dishing out some awesome food, so bring some cash and come hungry!!!

There will be a few sag wagons, but KNOW YOUR LIMITS.  If 10,000 feet of climbing sounds like a lot, it is.  This ride makes the Civil War century seem civil… The riding will be hard, even if the pace is not.  There will be gravel and dirt roads.  Challenges galore.  Please sign up for the appropriate ride for your abilities.  Remember, even the short ride will be rad!  We’ll have a mechanic who is roving around, but he will be minimally equipped.  The 50 miler and the 100 are both hard this year.  Rough, too.  Come prepared.

What to bring:  A bike with low enough gears to get you through a big HILLY ride, water, lots of food, and appropriate clothing.  We’ll be huffing up huge hills and coming down them pretty fast. It can get a little cold descending after a tough climb. We won’t have spare clothing, so figure out what works and bring it.

There will be very few places to stop for additional food.  There will be only a few designated rest stops, and they will have minimal provisions: extra water, Gatorade, basic snacks.  This is not a supported century ride.  This is a big self-supported ride in the country. Please bring a blinkie light and use it, especially if it is overcast, starts to rain, or you just get caught out in the dark, we want you to be safe.  Spare tubes (2 per person), a patch kit and a enough C02 or a hand pump to fix at least 2 flats.  We will be on some dirt roads, so please bring a bike you will be comfortable riding on such surfaces.  If it is a road bike, get some durable 25mm tires or 28′s if they fit.  Ask in the shop if you are unclear on any of this.

Address: 8546 Pete Wiles Rd, Middletown, MD 21769  – follow signs and parking attendants (bare right when entering driveway)

Carroll Creek Farmers' Market
Oct
3
12:00 pm12:00

Carroll Creek Farmers' Market

  • Carroll Creek Linear Park Frederick, MD, 21701 United States

Stay Tuned - The festival may be rescheduled for October 10th due to incliment weather

Join us at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Downtown Frederick for a taste of all things local!

We'll be tasting a fresh batch of Lumberjack, Archer, and Hunter.


The Carroll Creek Farmers' Market in Downtown Frederick will have three markets this season.  June 13 (“It’s all about Berries”), August 8 (“Peaches”), and October 3(“Festival and Celebrating Autumn”).    Market goers will be able to stroll along Carroll Creek Linear Park and shop for anything and everything local that Frederick and surrounding communities have to offer.  The markets will run from 12-5pm and will feature various speakers and live local musical performances.

"Last of the Summer Wine"
Sep
20
3:45 pm15:45

"Last of the Summer Wine"

  • Gravel and Grind
Last of the Summer wine

A gravel road bike ride with Gravel & Grind of Frederick

From Gravel and Grind:

Medium sized dirt road ride and big sized deluxe wine tasting. Here’s the details:
Who: Gravel & Grind with Orchid Cellar Winery and Meadery
What: 30 mile hilly and dirty ride from our shop at 132 S. Carroll Street to the winery in Middletown. Ride is followed by a big wine tasting, full flight, barrel pours and experimental brews. Shuttle service back to Frederick
When: Sept 20th. Meet at the shop at 3.45, wheels down at 4.15. We’ll be home well after dark.
Where: Meet at the shop.
How: Paypal us $25 bucks or come into the shop. We’ll get your name on the list. Only 10 slots. 
21+ please. 
Bring: Lights, helmet, big snacks, water, roadish bike with dirt road abilities.