JUST RIPE

Written By: Rebecca Lockhart

Prospect Ciderworks has the perfect fall bevie for Nantucket.

The brainchild of lifelong summer resident Mark Finnegan and his partners Chase Brooks and Sam Copeland, Prospect Ciderworks hit Nantucket’s package stores just in time to toast the fall. “I love the idea of someone having their first experience with our ciders sitting on the patio at Straight Wharf or grabbing a four-pack from Fresh and heading out to Great Point Rip to catch their first false albacore,” says Finnegan.

Prospect Ciderworks began brewing as an idea while the three co-owners were roommates at Holderness School in New Hampshire. After three years of fine-tuning their recipes and breaking into the Boston market, Prospect Ciderworks has now branched out to Nantucket as their only other distribution hub beyond the city.

Prospect’s flavor portfolio can sate just about any pallet. Their flagship cider “Sidro” is crafted with New England varietals, giving it that classic apple flavor without all the sugar. “Paradise” is delicately flavored with spice to bring out orange peel citrus and sweet pepper notes. Finally, “Missing Link” is a beer-drinker’s cider with hoppy, bitter notes.

As for the future, Prospect has no plans of catching an early ferry off Nantucket. “I want to build a strong enough relationship with Nantucket,” says Finnegan, “so that we can start to give back to the place that has been a staple of my life.” Cheers to that!