Nick McDow

Nova Scotia has a rich history in apple production (one of the oldest in North America). Growing up in the Annapolis Valley, surrounded by old and new orchards, Nick McDow began to wonder why cider wasn’t the drink of choice. After working in both the wine and beer industries, he decided to focus more on cider, so in 2014 he took the Cider Appreciation and Production course at Cornell University with Peter Mitchell. After that Nick decided to go to Herefordshire, England to work a Harvest season with the renowned producers Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry. From there, he started a small agency, King’s Barrel Imports, dedicated to representing cideries from around the world in Nova Scotia. He also began working full time at Halifax’s first urban cidery, Chain Yard Cider, and eventually became their General Manager. Nick has since gone out on his own and has started to focus more on imports, sales, and cider education. He currently hosts private cider tastings which provide an insight into the wide world of international cider.