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Mount Vernon class gives brewers a taste of hard-cider making

Geoffrey Burton, of Victoria, B.C., tastes a sample of the “Summer Solstice” cider blend he and his team concocted earlier this month in a class taught by British cider expert Peter Mitchell in Mount Vernon. With hard cider's popularity on the rise, the classes are helping hobbyists refine their products and move into business. Scott Terrell / The Skagit Valley Herald

Geoffrey Burton, of Victoria, B.C., tastes a sample of the “Summer Solstice” cider blend he and his team concocted earlier this month in a class taught by British cider expert Peter Mitchell in Mount Vernon. With hard cider's popularity on the rise, the classes are helping hobbyists refine their products and move into business.

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