YARD OWL CRAFT BREWERY
19 Osprey Lane, Gardiner
Kristop Brown and James Walsh—two friends with strong backgrounds in creating tasty beverages—founded Yard Owl Craft Brewery together. James had previously established the Mudd Puddle Café in New Paltz with his wife, Michelle, and Kristop is an award-winning Hudson Valley wine maker. The friends began their brewing journey by experimenting with recipes in the kitchen and, after shaping their recipes, attending professional brewing courses at UC Davis Brewing School. Yard Owl currently produces six brews that can be found at various locations in the New Paltz/Rosendale/Kingston area. The new brewery and tasting room is open on weekends.
BROOKLYN CIDER HOUSE
155 North Ohioville Road, New Paltz
All BCH ciders are born out of traditions from Spain, France, and America and are made as naturally as possible from apples that are hand-picked at BCH’s own Twin Star Orchards. The apples are simply crushed, and their juice is left to ferment in a European traditionalist method. Brooklyn Cider House currently produces five ciders. The tasting room and food pavilion, which serves wood-fired pizza and burgers, is open on weekends.
KETTLEBOROUGH CIDER HOUSE
277 Route 208, New Paltz
Founded in 2011 by Tim Dressel, whose family has been growing apples in New Paltz for four generations, Kettleborough began producing cider in 2012. Kettleborough Cider House creates small-batch hard cider made from 100-percent Hudson Valley apples. It has recently begun planting nearly extinct varieties of apple trees on its over 350-acre orchard. Every apple that goes into Kettleborough cider is grown on Dressel soil within just three miles of where it is pressed. The orchard produces 20 varieties of apples devoted to hard cider. Four ciders are available.
215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord
Westwind Orchard dates back to the 1930s, was owned by the Schoonmaker family in the ‘70s, and was purchased by the Chizzola family in 2002. A certified organic and holistic community apple orchard, Westwind only uses ecologically sensitive products like neem oil, effective microbes, seaweed, kelp, and compost teas to produce healthier soil, trees, fruits, and vegetables. This is their first year making hard cider, and they currently produce two varieties: Classic and Raspberry.
BAD SEED CIDER
43 Baileys Gap Road, Highland
Founded in 2011, Bad Seed creates handcrafted hard cider using apples grown on a sixth-generation family farm with no alchemy used—whatsoever. Bad Seed currently produces six kinds of cider on their 60-acre Wilklow Orchards, with a taproom open on weekends. Cidery tours run September through October.
Breezy Hill Orchard, Staatsburg Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge 845-266-3979 hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider.com
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider utilizes two orchards: Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg and Stone Ridge Orchard in Stone Ridge. Together, the orchards produce over 100 varieties of ecologically grown apples, and they’ve recently planted a number of traditional cider apple trees, including Dabinett, Bedan, Binet Rouge, Kingston Black, Chisel Jersey, and Ashmead’s Kernel. Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider currently produces five ciders, which can be found at the Stone Ridge Orchard market as well as at various local farmers markets.
NAKED FLOCK CIDER
Applewood Winery: 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
At Applewood Winery, cider maker Jonathan Hull uses fresh Hudson Valley apples to produce three varieties of hard cider: Original, Draft, and Pumpkin. The ciders are naturally fermented and un-pasteurized with no added colorants, malts, spirits, or grape alcohol. Curious about their name? Check out the story behind it on their website!
High Meadows Farm: 865 Webster Brook Road, Delhi; waysidecider.com
Founded in 2014, Wayside Cider uses hand-picked apples to produce its final product. Utilizing a blend of wild, heirloom, and dessert apples, it has created three uniquely Delaware County ciders: Catskill (the flagship cider), Dry Town, and Half Wild.
YANKEE FOLLY CIDER
69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Yankee Folly Cider creates small-batch, artisanal hard cider using its 215-acre orchard and over 40 varieties of apples—and it all started on the Jenkins and Lueken Orchard over 50 years ago with just five apple varities. The orchard has been expanded to encompass thousands of trees. Yankee Folly is an off-dry cider, so it’s not too sweet. Learn more by visiting the website and orchard.