The Cidermakers

Over a dozen artisan producers have come together to bring you Finger Lakes Cider Week. Please visit their web sites and seek out their stellar Finger Lakes ciders.

 


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Black Diamond Farm & Cidery

Trumansburg, NY
Website: www.blackdiamondcider.com

 

Our ciders are crafted entirely from our own fruit grown on Black Diamond Farm, a small family-owned orchard on the west slope of Cayuga Lake. Each of our ciders is a unique blend that expresses the diversity of flavor and aroma found in our apples. We grow over 100 varieties of apples, which include many heirloom and European cider varieties. We specialize in food-friendly dry and semi-dry ciders, and our ciders are all naturally gluten-free.


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Ovid, NY

Website: www.blackduckcidery.com

Natural cider and perry made in small batches with minimal manipulation using ambient yeast fermentation. We use fruit from our own orchards along with wild-crafted fruit. We also produce raw apple cider vinegar.


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Blue Toad Hard Cider

Rochester, NY
Website: www.bluetoadhardcider.com

Old-school values, new-world sensibilities. Born in a barn, Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage, crafting all-natural and eminently drinkable hard ciders, using locally grown apples from Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster, New York. Currently, we’re producing two distinctive flagship flavors, ROC Hard Amber and Flower City Blonde, as well as rotating seasonal ciders. Old-school values, new-world sensibilities. Born in a barn, Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage, brewing all-natural and eminently drinkable hard ciders, using locally grown apples from Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster, New York. Currently, we’re producing two distinctive flagship flavors, ROC Hard Amber and Flower City Blonde, as well as rotating seasonal ciders.


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Embark Craft Ciderworks

Williamson, NY
Website: www.embarkcraftciderworks.com

Our cidery is focused on producing hard cider featuring cider apples grown on our fifth generation apple farm. Our ciders are all fermented slowly to bring out the true distinction each apple variety offers. In our orchards we have planted many American Heirloom, Crabapples, French, English, and Dutch Bittersweets and Bittersharps for our ciders.


Empire Cider

Geneva, NY
Website: www.facebook.com/empirecidercenter/

Empire Cider Company LLC, located in the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva, NY, was founded in 2013 with a mission of integrating New York State apple growers into the US hard cider renaissance. To achieve this, Empire designed crisp, dry and pure premium craft hard ciders made exclusively from Empire apples from Finger Lakes and Wayne County orchards. In 2016, Empire created “The Cider Lab” in Geneva to leverage science for the art of cidermaking, and use its expertise and experience to support hard cider business incubation, scientific product testing, research and product development, and small-batch production. In addition to performing apple and cider research in collaboration with Cornell and the USDA, client ciders developed by Empire have also earned multiple awards and accolades. Empire’s quest for excellence continues in each and every cider made with pride from New York State apples.


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Eve’s Cidery

Van Etten, NY
Website:  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.


     Kite & String Cider

                                               Interlaken, NY
Website: www.fingerlakesciderhouse.com

Kit & String Cider is an expression of Good Life Farm. Good Life Farm is 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.


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Hazlitt’s Orchard & Cider

Hector, NY
Website: www.Hazlittcidertree.com

Hazlitt’s Orchard & Cider Crafters produces locally grown hard ciders in the heart of Naples, New York using select apple varieties grown in our own backyard. Our carefully crafted premium hard ciders are pure, crisp, and naturally gluten free. The glass, the packaging and the cider, everything we use is proudly made in the great state of New York. American Authentic. Honest to the Core.


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Lake Drum Brewing

Geneva, NY
Website: www.lakedrumbrewing.com

Lake Drum Brewing makes small batches of cider that can be found in it’s downtown Geneva location.  They showcase seven of their own ciders on tap, as well as seven of their own beers.  They occasionally host a guest cider, and also have an assortment of bottled ciders, so there’s something for everyone, whether it’s a flight, a glass, or a growler fill.


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Redbyrd Orchard Cider

Trumansburg and Burdett, NY
Website: 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 orchard-based ciders.  We are proud to be part of a movement of small cidermakers and orchardists committed to bringing true cider back to the American table and cider apple orchards back to the American landscape.


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Rootstock Ciderworks

Williamson, NY
Website: www.rootstockciderworks.com

“At Rootstock Ciderworks, we stay true to our roots. A farm cidery in Williamson, we make our cider from apples grown on our 5th generation family farm. Join us for cider week as we celebrate the harvest in Apple Country!”


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Star Cider

Clifton Springs, NY
Website: www.starcidery.com

Star Cider sprouted from a love of making hard cider with family and friends and a legacy of cider-making that dates back over three generations. Cider making is a labor of love that we cultivate by immersing ourselves in every aspect of the process. From growing trees, to picking, pressing, blending, and fermenting fresh juice into hard cider, we’re hands-on every step of the way. We have learned from experience that being involved in every stage of the cider making process allows us to maintain the highest level of quality and consistency. Our craft ciders are made up of unique blends of 100% New York apples. We also add fresh ginger, citrus, and local rhubarb, strawberries and hops. Our mission is to forge a new path in the industry by continuously pushing the boundaries of classical cider making processes in pursuit of unraveling the mysteries within the science of cider. Cheers to Stellar Cider!


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South Hill Cider

Ithaca, NY
Website: www.southhillcider.com

South Hill Cider is a small family cidery using traditional heirloom cider apples as well as wild apples collected in our neighborhood to produce fine ciders which showcase the terroir of the Finger Lakes region.


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Three Brothers Winery

Geneva, NY
Website: www.3brotherswinery.com

Our estate-made Red Apple Bombshell Hard Cider is handcrafted by our winemakers from all local apples. Done in an off-dry original, semi-sweet raspberry apricot, and with new seasonals coming soon, Red Apple Bombshell Hard Ciders are truly “Just the Right Amount of Tart”.


1911

Lafayette, NY
Website: www.1911established.com

1911 Established was formed in early 2013 as a division of Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards. This 5th generation family owned and operated business has always been known for quality and innovation and the 1911 Established brand of hard cider, wine and spirits continues with that tradition. Located on just under 1000 acres in Lafayette, NY the orchards surrounding the 1911 cider house boast over 350,000 apple trees. Using their family grown apples their fresh pressed cider is made on site and fermented in their on-site cider house. “Tree to Bottle’’ their complete vertical integration ensures quality throughout the process.

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