An In-cider’s Guide to CNY
Known as the apple picking hub of New York, this region offers a multitude of locations to enjoy a glass of hard cider. As the autumn and winter approach, ciders becomes the perfect drink during the holiday season. To help you, we found the top five cideries in Central New York that every cider lover needs to visit.
Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette, N.Y.
With their expansive apple hill campus, Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards delivers a top notch cider tasting experience. The orchard, located in LaFayette, offers a range of activities for the entire family to do. Their large wooden tasting room allows visitors to sample the various brews in their 1911 Hard Cider line. The original 1911 Hard Cider is a classic among residents of Central New York, but we recommend you try the Ginger Hard Cider. This sparkling cider combines both sweet and spicy flavors to create a warming experience. For anyone looking for a cleaner tasting cider, this is the one for you.
The Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co., Cazenovia, N.Y.
Located on the Critz family farm, this quaint tasting room is a nice place to meet up with friends on a weekend outing. The Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Co. offers nine different ciders for tasting. From their Rippleton Original to their Fourscrew, Critz specializes in creating champagne style ciders. The Fourscrew emulates an English pub style hard cider, but this brew adds a surprising twist of maple. You’ll definitely be wanting to leave with a bottle of this cider. We recommend that you go a little earlier in the afternoon for a tasting; the seats tend to fill up fast at this tasting room.
Finger Lakes Cider House, Interlaken, NY
For those looking for the classic cider house experience, the Finger Lakes Cider House is the place for you. The renovated barn offers both dining and tasting options for those who visit in a cozy tasting room setting. Among their house cider brand, Kite and String Cider, the Brut is sure to be a crowd favorite. This smooth dry cider has just enough sweetness to satisfies any cider lovers cravings. While at the cider house, be sure to order the charcuterie board which includes local cured meats and cheeses from the Finger Lakes. If you’re in the Finger Lakes area, stop by this hard cider house. For a more in-depth look, visit here.
Blackduck Cidery, Ovid, N.Y.
At first glance, you may be a bit confused by the exterior of Blackduck Cidery. This cider house is located in a farm shed, but your trip will be well worth it once you go inside. The small cidery offers a cozy, friendly experience for all that come. Inspired by Spanish ciders, Blackduck offers a wide variety of dry ciders that are sure to leave you wanting more. Their Dry Hopped Cider is a bittersweet blend that is perfect for those that are not fans of sweet ciders. While at Blackduck, you will recieve a history of ciders and this cider house became the small powerhouse that it is.
Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars, Trumansburg, N.Y.
Bellwether Hard Ciders and Wine Cellars puts a new twist on classic English style cider. The clean and wide tasting room offers a wide range of dry and sweet ciders. The Lord Scudamore is a tart champagne-style cider that has become a fan-classic. Bellwether allows visitors to enjoy their cider tastings on a small patio looking out onto the green rolling hills of the Finger Lakes. You may also be greeted by a few cats and dogs as you enter the door. This cider house is a must-have on any cidery tour.
Whatever your preference, there’s a CNY cider for you.