Ken Hardcastle


Ken was born in Stoneham, MA and grew up in Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree at Occidental College, CA, Master’s degree from Queens College, NY, and PhD in structural geology from UMass Amherst. He is an independent exploration geologist scientist and for the past 30 years, when he has not been looking at rocks or seeking out groundwater deposits, he has been making beer, wine, cider and mead. In 2010, Ken made it official when he became partner and vintner at Hermit Woods Winery. He can still be found looking at rocks, but this passion is now shared with his passion for the art and science of making wine, cider and mead.

W01b | Panel & Tasting: Berry Fruit Wines

W01d | Panel & Tasting: Mead Fermentation Issues

W01e | Melomels & Pyments