CELEBRATING CIDER WEEK HUDSON VALLEY!
Hudson Valley Cider Week, which goes through Sunday, 6/18, is a local and regional event founded by Glynwood, celebrating the American craft cider renaissance! Come taste some of the gems in our fantastic selection of craft ciders.
Wayside Cider Dry Town Deliciously Still Dry Cider
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Founded in 2014 in Delhi, NY, Wayside Cider is the collaboration of Irene Hussey and Alex Wilson. Contrary to the current cider making trend of looking to Europe for inspiration, Alex and Irene focus on making distinctly American ciders that draw on the history and topography of their home in Delaware County. They pick and graft wild and abandoned apple trees with the aim of preserving the past while embracing modern production methods, handling every stage of the cider making process themselves. Wild apples produce far less juice than their cultivated counterparts, but more than make up for it in uniqueness and complexity of flavor. Made from a wild apple blend that includes some fantastic little crab apples, Dry Town is a non-carbonated, truly dry cider. Honest, aromatic, and earthy, it provides elements of tart apple and wet stone on a rounded body with a deliciously crisp finish. Subtle tannins and a little zing courtesy of the crab apples make this refreshing and quaffable. Great as an aperitif with cheeses, especially oozy, stinky ones!
Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Cider Terminal Moraines & Outwash Plains - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local traditional cider making. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian are dedicated to authentically recreating "true cider", once the most popular drink in America (for their personal, intimate, and unrestrained thoughts on this developing artisanal cider industry, please see thecidery.blogspot.com). Honing in on the idea of terroir, this “locational” cider is made of unsprayed, uncultivated apples and crabapples from Long Island’s North and South Shores. It has a rich, creamy texture, possibly a result of being bottled unfiltered and hence continued contact with the lees (spent yeast cells). With significant depth of flavor and layers of fruit and funk, pair this with Spaghetti alla Carbonara when in Rome, or porcini mushroom risotto if northern Italian cuisine is more your thing.
Eve’s Cidery “Beckhorn Hollow” Traditional Method Dry Sparking Cider 2014
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Just about 25 miles south of Ithaca is the small town of Van Etten, New York, the home of Eve’s Cidery. James Cummins, a sixth-generation orchardist and Autumn Stoscheck, a farming-enthusiast-turned-cidermaker started Eve’s in 2001 using the apples on James’s u-pick orchard. With the addition of Ezra Sherman, another something-turned-cidermaker, the three focus intensely on cultivation and expression of cider apples. Their “Beckhorn Hollow” is no exception, driven by almost-25 percent native Northern Spy, plus a handful of other varietals like Spitzenburg, Golden Russet, Idared and Wickson. This cider opens with an electric attack of tart citrus juice and zest, leading into floral notes and just a hint of hazelnut. Beautiful integration of tannin and sparkle makes you wish they bottled in a magnum for more endless enjoyment. This is your new summer aperitif, or put this in the taco night rotation.
Treasury Cider Lightly Sparkling Dry 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Josh Morganthau moved back to his family’s one-hundred year old farm in 2006, precisely when it needed an infusion of ideas and energy. He was familiar with cider, producing it every year for family consumption, but has spent the past several years planting heirloom and cider varietals for more refined, precise expressions of Hudson Valley terroir-driven ciders. This “Dry Lightly Sparkling” bottle is cider’s answer to Prosecco – bright fruit, soft bubbles, and a zesty finish. Driven by Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Empire apples with Goldrush, Liberty and a handful of other varieties playing supporting roles, this bottle delivers crisp green apple skin and honey aromas. If pairing this with mozzarella-stuffed cherry pepper antipasti is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
Metal House Cider Sparkling Cider 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Hailing from the town of Esopus in Ulster County is the cidermaking duo behind Metal House. Matt and Kimberly have a laser-like focus when it comes to completing on their core mission of providing terroir-driven, rich, Champagne-like ciders. They utilize apples coming from chemical-free orchards and produce the cider in a style similar to the sparkling wines of Champagne, with extended lees aging, secondary fermentation in the bottle and then disgorgement before release. These details in the cider-making process make for an elegant, textural sparkler with a deep apple core. Reach for Metal House when you want a refined drinking experience, and pair with seared halibut with cauliflower cream and chive oil.
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider “The Last Blacksmith” - 500ml
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- This bottle from Elizabeth Ryan at Hudson Valley Farmhouse is an “homage to the stewards of lost arts and forgotten traditions” – a blend of various barrel-aged ciders with bitter and tannic cider apples. Fermented until dry, and then aged in Hillrock Estate Distillery rye and bourbon barrels for up to four months, these ciders take on complex aromas of tobacco and vanilla and subtle whisky characteristics. With just a bit of tannin on the finish, this is a bottle-conditioned cider for both cider and whisky lovers. Pair with pulled pork, barbeque roasted chicken and root vegetables.