The number of farm cideries in New York State continues to rise, with the latest state report showing it has tripled in just two years.
The number of licensed farm cideries has jumped to 24 from just eight in 2014. Under a three-year-old state law, a "farm" cidery does not have to be located on a farm, but must exclusively use New York-grown apples and other pome fruits (pears, cotoneaster, quince, rowan, etc.), with annual production of up to 150,000 gallons.
Creation of the category was intended to find another use for the state's large annual apple crop that is second only to that of the state of Washington.
If you'd like to get a look behind the scenes of the industry, Nine Pin Ciderworks of Albany, the state's first modern-day farm cidery, will host its 3rd annual Pressing Party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are available online.
The crew will be pressing more than 100 varieties of apples into one "Monster" blend, and the event also will feature the release of the 2015 vintage of The Cider Monster.
Local vendors will take advantage of the "pressing" event with panini and grilled cheese presses, French-pressed coffee, body-pressing massages, and an apple jug bench press competition. Live music will be provided by The Sacandaga String Band and The Other Brothers.
Nine Pin Ciderworks is located at 929 Broadway, Albany. Phone: (518) 449-9999.
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