The Stone Fence

The Mitten is a great cider for drinking but not a lot of folks outside of the industry know how well it works as an ingredient for cocktails. In fact, it's got everything a craft cocktail recipe needs: acid, sweetness, complexity—and bourbon. To showcase The Mitten as an ingredient, we hosted a second annual Stone Fence Cocktail competition in Chicago.

Our cocktail competition is a great industry event, getting everyone out on a Sunday night for great drinks from some of Chicago's greatest bartenders. We've had participants from: Green Street Smoked Meats, La Sirena Clandestina, Billy Sunday, Queen Mary, Longman & Eagle, Hideout Inn, Union League Club of Chicago, Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, and Ceres Table.

While everyone crafted an excellent competition, we did pick one winner: Mae Governale from Hideout Riverwalk. She'll get a trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail— one of the best industry conferences in the country. Our People's Choice Winner, Becki Scholl of Green Street Smoked Meats, will be coming out for a visit at Virtue Farm for a tour and dinner with our chef, Missy Corey.