Multi-maker cider extravaganza at Nine Pin

If you couldn't gain admission to the "Gathering of the Farm Cideries" last year -- it sold out quickly -- you'll have another chance on Saturday, February 18.

Nine Pin Cider Works, located at 929 Broadway in Albany, will host the third annual celebration of  craft cider makers on its production floor. Farm cideries across the state will be represented, offering visitors free samples of unique batches of ciders all made from New York-grown apples. Numerous limited batches of cider will be available for sale.

This is a ticketed event with two sessions -- noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets, which include admission and an event-branded tasting glass, now are on sale online at $20 per person, with any leftover tickets going for $30 at the door the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New York Cider Association.

Nine Pin, incidentally,  will begin a monthly first-Saturday series of tours of the 17,000-square-foot  facility with cider maker Kevin Brew on January 7. Limited tickets are available through the website.

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