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Cider Week features these regional farm-made and craft ciders.


Aaron Burr Cider

Wurtsboro, NY

www.aaronburrcider.com

Aaron Burr Cider is produced from our small homestead farm dating to the early 1800’s. The home business, founded as The Cidery in 2008, grows only cider apples with the mission of restoring natural cider to its rightful place at the dinner table. There are compelling cultural, economic and environmental reasons for this, but above all, we could not resist the beauty surrounding cider. Art is reason enough.

Early on we discovered an obsession with the local seedling trees (wild apples) which are descendants of America’s original cider orchards, since razed. We ferment these pippins intent on unlocking nature’s expression with no concession to popular tastes.

Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House

Walden, NY

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The Angry Orchard is a 60-acre farm featuring a historic apple orchard in the New York Hudson River Valley. A farm since the mid-1700s, the Orchard’s first apple trees date back at least one hundred years, with the land converted to a full-time apple orchard by the 1950s. The Hudson Valley’s rich apple growing history and the exciting craft cider culture make this Walden, New York location a particularly good fit for Angry Orchard. By exploring projects with local universities, community organizations and other cideries, the cider makers at Angry Orchard are working to maximize apple harvests and plant traditional cider apple trees – which have been virtually nonexistent in the US since Prohibition – to test which varieties grow the best in New York and make the best cider.

The Innovation Cider House located on-site is Angry Orchard’s home for research and development. Through experimentation with cider making techniques, ingredients, wild fermentation, barrel aging and apple varieties – particularly those known to grow well in New York – Angry Orchard creates ciders to serve exclusively in Walden, with the potential for those ciders to eventually become available to drinkers across the country. The cidery also features an interactive visitor’s center where guests can learn more about the history and heritage of cider making and enjoy a variety of Angry Orchard cider styles, both new and old in the tasting room.

Awestruck Cider

Walton, NY

www.awestruckciders.com

Creating moments of inspiration and discovery is what gets our (apple) juices flowing and our taste buds tingling. We have an unshakeable thirst for producing new tastes and are on a mission to produce flavors that leave you..well…awestruck when it comes to fantastic hard ciders.
Awestruck Hard ciders are lovingly created, by hand, in small batches. We press a variety of New York State apples to craft beautifully balanced ciders with just the right combination of aromatic and tannin-rich fruit.

Bad Seed Cider

Highland, NY

www.badseedhardcider.com

It’s the kind of idea you get after a few Drinks at the local pub – hey, let’s start a Cider Company! – and then forget about the next day. But a couple of guys up in Highland New York actually followed through with it. Ever since the summer of 2011 when Two childhood friends banded together with meager savings and a love of cider, we have been crafting, selling and talking everything Cider. It’s our past time, our passion, our life. Since the beginning, we have always wanted to bring Hand crafted truly Dry Cider to the world.
We seek to advance the craft cider industry through mixing both old and new cider techniques and craft beer influences. Making ciders from 100% fresh pressed apples grown by us on a 6th generation family farm with no Alchemy used, after all this is cider not science. You wont find the endless list of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and excuses on our label because we don’t use them.

Big Apple Hard CIder

New York, NY

www.bigapplehardcider.com

Big Apple Hard Ciders are small-batch ciders made with 100% New York State grown, picked & pressed apples. Naturally gluten free. Every varietal of Big Apple Hard Cider gives back to a local charity in the borough or neighborhood that bears its name.

Black Diamond Farm & Cider

Trumansburg, NY

/blackdiamondcider.com

Our ciders are crafted entirely from our own fruit grown on our family-owned orchard in the Finger Lakes region of New York. We strive to make ciders that allow the fruit to speak for itself while also reflecting our love of the craft. We grow over 100 apple varieties, which include many heirloom and European cider varieties. We specialize in food-friendly dry and semi-dry ciders.

BlackBird Cider Works

Appleton, NY

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Established in 2011, BlackBird Cider Works is a true orchard to glass cidery located on the shore of Lake Ontario, in Niagara County, NY. Producer of award winning barrel aged ciders and ciders produced with estate grown certified organic apples.

Blackman Cider Co.

Lockport, NY

ckmancider.com

Over 160 years ago, the Blackman family settled land and built a farm on the Niagara Escarpment, a region known for its ideal fruit growing characteristics. Six generations have worked and sustained the same land ever since. We use heirloom and antique apples, hand selected to ensure the highest quality and perfect balance to make a premium craft cider.

Brooklyn Cider House

New Paltz, NY

brooklynciderhouse.com

We’re from Brooklyn, by way of Korea and Europe, but we first fell for hard cider in the Basque Country, where it flows freely from giant casks. Between sips and spirited conversation, we saw a beautiful and uncanny connection between the forgotten early American and the vibrant Basque cider traditions and we knew we had to bring that home. So, we quit our jobs and went apple picking, literally.

Our orchard is in New Paltz, the heart of the Hudson Valley, and our ciders are made only once a year using fresh, in season, handpicked apples. Never chaptalized or acidified, we believe in minimal intervention. We prefer to let Mother Nature take its course and not rush the cider making process.

 

Descendant Cider

Queens, New York

www.descendantcider.com/#about

Descendant Cider Company is New York City’s first cidery producing a range of ciders from apples sourced from farms across New York State. All their ciders are handmade in small batches right in NYC.

Doc’s Draft

Warwick, NY

www.docshardcider.com/

Doc’s Draft Hard Ciders are the original craft ciders of New York established in 1994.  Our mission since our inception has been to create fruit based alcoholic beverages that are as unique as the fruits themselves. All of our hard ciders are hand crafted with whole New York State grown apples.  The apples are fresh pressed just before fermentation to ensure the highest quality for our ciders.  Naturally gluten free.

Eden Specialty Cider Co.

Newport, VT

www.edenicecider.com

Eden Ice Cider is a boutique cidery in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Focusing on unique expressions of extraordinary apples that reflect the heritage and climate of this beautiful region. 100% Vermont ingredients, no additions, subtractions, enzymes or fining agents. Making elegant, gold-medal winning ice ciders and herb-infused aperitif ciders in limited quantities for adventurous wine drinkers, creative chefs, confident sommeliers and inspired bartenders — find out more at edenicecider.com!

Embark Craft Ciderworks

Williamson, NY

arkcraftciderworks.com

We are a 5th generation family fruit farm operating an orchard-based cidery using apples and other fruit grown on our 200 acres of land. Our cider features our own fruit.

Eve’s Cidery

Van Etten, NY

www.evescidery.com

Eve’s is an orchard-based cidery producing Traditional Method ciders at the intersection of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Northern Appalachian Plateau. Our best days are spent outside in the sun and rain growing apples on steep hillsides and rolling them down to the cidery. James and Autumn started Eve’s Cidery in 2001, using apples grown at James’ u-pick orchard. Since then, Eve’s has evolved into a cidery that grows apples for cider-making only, selecting specific varieties and intentionally growing them for cider quality: organically grown apples that bring concentrated flavors, structure and acidity to their ciders. James brings the wisdom and masochism of a sixth generation orchardist. Autumn has the groundbreaking ideas and a brilliant pallet. Ezra holds the whole thing together with a steady and a dark sense of humor. We work hard, we are often uplifted by the result, and we are battered and awed by the outside world together.

Farnum Hill Ciders — Poverty Lane Orchards

Lebanon, NH

www.povertylaneorchards.com

Farnum Hill Ciders/Poverty Lane Orchards is a modern version of a 19th-century orchard business, producing both fermented cider and fresh apples. The Wood family grows many varieties of strange-tasting bittersweet and bittersharp cider apples both for our own Farnum Hill Ciders and for sale to other cidermakers. Our dry, complex ciders, 6.5%-8.5% alcohol, sell year-round in seven Northeastern states and in limited additional states throughout the US. We also grow many varieties of eating and cooking apples for seasonal fresh markets, both wholesale and retail. As apple growers and civilized consumers, we envision a time when every good host will keep a good red, a good white, a good beer, and a good distinctive regional cider on hand.

Foggy Ridge Cider

Dugspur, VA

foggyridgecider.com

Foggy Ridge Cider began in 1997 with a cider apple orchard in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Founder Diane Flynt “grows ingredients”—bitter acidic apples like Hewe’s Crab, Harrison, Tremlett’s Bitter, Asmead’s Kernel and Dabinett, all full of complex flavor. The Foggy Ridge crew crafts traditional cider apples into fine cider using all the skill and expertise of modern fermentation.

Good Life CIder

Interlaken, NY

www.fingerlakesciderhouse.com/good-life-cider

Good Life Cider is an expression of Good Life Farm, a wildly diverse small organic farm where we focus on Good Soil to create Good Fruit and Good Cider. Two of our ciders- ‘Cazenovia’ and ‘Honeoye’- are named for the main soil types on the farm.

Good Life Farm is owned by Garrett Miller and Melissa Madden, who work alongside a delightful and dedicated crew.  Good Life Cider comes from the hearts and minds of the Brothers Miller- Garrett and Jimmy form a dynamic duo to turn our fruit into your drink.

Hardscrabble Cider

North Salem, NY

www.hardscrabbleciderny.com

Hardscrabble Cider is the epitome of a hand-crafted, farm-to-bottle beverage. All stages of the process take place on the farm – from growing, picking and cleaning the apples, to pressing, fermenting and bottling the final product. The cider is pressed from a blend of all 10 apple varieties grown on site. Fermentation is meticulously monitored and filtering takes place several times to create the cleanest, freshest taste possible. In the end, the cider is hand-bottled and capped and then batch pasteurized to ensure stability. The process makes for a handful of long days but also makes, as we like to say, “Cider worth drinking”.

Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider

Staatsburg, NY

www.hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com/

Produced by Elizabeth Ryan of Breezy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider is fresh, unfiltered, unsulphited, authentic artisan farmhouse cider. We grow over 100 varieties of apples and other fruit. What sets Breezy Hill apart is our dedication to quality ingredients, environmental stewardship, fair labor, and support of our local economy. We are certified in the Eco Apple program, and value the health of the environment just as much as we value fresh, highly flavored fruit, cider and baked goods.

Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery

Altamont, NY

www.ilfcb.com

ILFCB is a NY farm brewery and cidery located on Indian Ladder Farms, a popular apple orchard and farm market in Altamont, New York. ILFCB produces hard cider and beer using crops such as apples, pears, and berries as well as hops and malting barley grown on Indian Ladder and other local farms. ILFCB’s on-farm tasting room is open to the public for beer and hard cider by the glass as well as growler-fills.

Kaneb Orchards

Massena, NY

www.kaneborchards.com

Small family run orchard/cidery in Northern NY close to the three rivers, The mighty St Lawrence, The Grasse River and the Raquette River, all near the Canadian Border. Been growing apples for over 50 years, produce over 35 varieties. Started Cidery in 2009, entered into Hard Cider Market 2014. We pick, press, ferment, blend and bottle onsite. Cidery and tasting room is open in mid-August to November. Hard cider is award winning and sold all over NY State. Voted Best Craft Cider 2014 & 2015! (NY Wine & Grape Foundation) Gold medal winner at NY State Fair 2016!

Naked Flock Cidery

Warwick, NY

www.applewoodwinery.com

Naked Flock Hard Cider invites you to turn off your cell phone, relax and take a sip back in time to real Hard Cider. Made from 100% Hudson Valley apples without any added colorings, flavorings or grape spirits. Naturally gluten free. Simply naked Hard Cider.

Nine Pin Cider Works

Albany, NY

www.ninepincider.com

Nine Pin’s process begins just outside of Albany where we work with the best local apple growers to achieve just the right blend of apples. We also use unique apples grown from see on our family farm. The apples are pressed at the orchards and we transport the juice to our cidery in the heart of Albany. At our cidery, the fresh pressed juice undergoes our signature fermenting and aging process.

Orchard Hill Cider Mill

New Hampton, NY

www.orchardhillnyc.com/

Orchard Hill Cider Mill is located at Soons Orchard, and expands their 103 year history of providing locally grown produce to include locally produced fermented and distilled beverages. Our mission since the inception of the project has been to provide an alternative to the homogenized “big beer producer” style of cider that is most widely available today.

Our ciders are made with a minimum of manipulation and intervention. We respect traditional techniques and the natural expressiveness of our fruit, while not slavishly copying old world styles. We are excited to offer a new look at an American classic and feel that our ciders deserve a place at the table with the best wines, beers and spirits available. We know you’ll agree.

Redbyrd Cider

Trumansburg, NY

www.redbyrdorchardcider.com

Redbyrd Orchard Cider is a small family-run holistically managed orchard and cidery nestled in the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. We grow heirloom, wild seedling, and European cider apples to produce distinct hand-crafted ciders.

Rootstock Ciderworks

Williamson, NY

www.rootstockciderworks.com

Rootstock Ciderworks is a farmstead cidery located in Williamson, NY — 25-miles east of Rochester, NY near the shores of Lake Ontario. Established in 2012 by David DeFisher, Rootstock Ciderworks — the first post-prohibition farmstead cidery in the Rochester region — is dedicated to using only locally sourced ingredients in crafting premium ciders and perry. The all-natural ciders are made from fresh fruit grown on the fourth generation DeFisher Fruit Farms — over 500 acres of orchards within the largest apple producing county in the U.S.–Wayne County.
With a commitment to sustainability, we use the organic byproducts from the cider making process on the farm, so there are no waste products and we have a solar energy system, producing green energy. We also believe in supporting the local community and U.S. based companies — 95% of our equipment is made in Upstate New York or the U.S.
In the words of founder and owner, David DeFisher “We take great pride in the fruit that we grow, and in the fact that we are a TRUE craft beverage maker. We own the land, we grow it, we press, ferment and bottle it here on site.” We utilize only estate grown, fresh-pressed fruit and use no fining agents or chemicals, which strip the juice of its color, flavors, and aromas. We have grown from 6,000 gallons produced in 2015, to nearly 28,000 gallons in 2016.

Slyboro Ciderhouse

Granville, NY

www.slyboro.com/

Named for the centuries-old hamlet that is home to Hicks Orchard, Slyboro Ciderhouse re-introduces the lost craft of traditional American ciders. Just as grapes are transformed into wine, our ciders are fermented from our own orchard-grown apples; unlocking the full potential of the apple by creatively blending a a distinctive range of delicious, award-winning ciders.

We at Slyboro Ciderhouse are dedicated to reclaiming cider – “true cider” – as America’s favorite drink. We invite you to explore and discover the flavors and delights of Slyboro Ciders. In any season, for special occasions, or to enrich the moment, “consider cider.”

South Hill Cider

Ithaca, NY

www.southhillcider.com

At South Hill Cider we use traditional heirloom cider apples as well as wild apples collected in our neighborhood to produce fine hard cider which showcases the terroir of the Finger Lakes region . Small-scale cidery and all small batch. We have a cider orchard with American and European cider apples as well as wild varieties grafted for cider production.

The apple growing tradition of the Oakes family dates back to 1918 when our grandfather purchased land in rural Orleans County in Western New York State to grow the best apples possible. Growing up, our parents and grandparents taught us to learn from the past to build on our future. This principle guides us in every aspect of our orchard operations and has helped us continue to grow apples recognized as world-class in quality. Steampunk supposes a world, designed by Victorian artisans, in which STEAM technology remains at the helm of future mechanization. Challenge yourself to partake in this anachronistic vision of the CIDER pioneer.

Using a mélange of traditional English and new age dessert apples, Steampunk CIDER is the geared up infusion of old world style with new world flare.

Sundström Cider

Hudson, NY

www.SundstromCider.com

Sundström Cider focuses on select wild-harvested, heirloom and cider apple varieties, as well as several species of crabapples in an effort to make vinous, age-worthy ciders that speak of the place they come from. Founded in 2013 after 10 years of experience in the wine industry, including wine production in Germany and Oregon, Sundström Cider aims to honor the apple’s potential complexities through the journey of understanding New York’s apple terroirs. Sundström Cider creates ciders with a minimal-intervention approach, highlighting the natural brightness offered by New York’s climate in dry ciders both sparkling and still – not filtered or fined, and fermented with a focus on natural yeasts.

Tory Kicker Artisanal Cider

Middleburgh, NY

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Tory Kicker is an artisanal cider, grown and hand-crafted in the farthest northern reaches of the Catskill Mountains. We blend our orchard’s no-spray apples with a variety of wild apples foraged from the surrounding woods. Our cidery is small and primitive. We rely on old-world techniques, press by hand and brew by the barrel.

Treasury Cider

Hopewell Junction, NY

www.fishkillfarms.com

Treasury Cider was founded in 2016 on the belief that outstanding cider starts in the orchard, not in the cidery. Eco Apple certified and grown exclusively at Fishkill Farms, Treasury apples reflect the Hudson Valley climate and mineral-rich soils from which they come. They are pressed and then fermented slowly at cool temperatures, with little filtration, to create a character-rich drink, rooted in the American cider-making tradition.

Wayside Cider

Delhi, NY

www.waysidecider.com

A small-batch craft cidery based in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

West County Cider

Colrain, MA

www.westcountycider.com

Since 1984 our family has made hard ciders from heirloom cider varieties at our hillside orchard in Colrain, Massachusetts. We ferment in small batches to highlight specific varieties of cider apples.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Sagaponack, NY

www.wolffercider.com

Wölffer Estate Vineyard is a family-run business, based in the Hamptons and established in 1987. We make among Long Island’s top-scoring wines. In addition to our red, white and rosé wines, Wölffer has been making apple wine for 20 years. In 2013, we introduced two sparkling hard ciders, Wölffer No. 139 Dry White and Rosé Cider, both made from New York State apples. The result? A refreshing taste of summer in the Hamptons.