local officials toasting the relocation of Angry Orchard to Walden, N.Y.Orange County, N.Y. (November 5, 2015) - With the grand opening of Angry Orchard in Walden, N.Y. on Friday, and plenty of events on tap, hard cideries are the place to be this holiday season. It's the perfect time to visit a tasting room and plan pairings for the upcoming Thanksgiving meal.

"Orange County's long history of beautiful apple orchards make it a prime spot for the exciting craft cider culture that has taken off in recent years," said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. "We're excited to welcome Angry Orchard to the Orange County craft cider scene, and now visitors can taste this delicious beverage at five different cideries around the county."

Top cideries include:

Angry Orchard: Located on Albany Post Road in Walden, recently made a 60-acre Orange County orchard its new home. Opening Day is Friday, November 6 when they'll begin welcoming the public to their Innovation Cider House. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to learn a bit about the history of cider and the cider-making process, see what their cider makers are pressing and fermenting, and taste some specialty Angry Orchard ciders made on-site. www.angryorchard.com

Warwick Valley Winery, home of Doc's Draft Hard Cider: Located on Little York Road in Warwick, provides visitors a unique environment to explore many offerings of ciders, wines, brandies and liqueurs. Renovated from an old apple packing house and overlooking a pond and the orchards, its post and beam Tasting Room is perfect for enjoying some great cider, food, and live music by their wood burning stoves, www.wvwinery.com

Applewood Winery, home of Naked Flock Cider: Located on Four Corners Road in Warwick, offers visitors to their tasting room varieties of Naked Flock Cider, Original, Draft and Pumpkin. Naked Flock Ciders are made from Fresh Hudson Valley Apples. Naked Flock Cider is produced in a limited edition and has no added flavorings or colorants, giving it a look and feel that sets it apart from the competition. www.applewoodwinery.com

Orchard Hill Cider Mill: located on Soons Circle in New Hampton, features a farm cider mill using its own apples with a tasting room offering a selection of ciders, wines, beer, and spirits from around New York State. Handcrafted, artisanal hard cider in small batches is produced at this mill. From picnics to black tie events, its farm-to-table beverages are the perfect complement to a menu. www.orchardhillnyc.com

Brotherhood Winery: located on Brotherhood Plaza Drive in Washingtonville, offers tours of their vast network of 19th Century underground cellars which house more than 200 oak barrels. Their tasting room can host up to 75 people, features modern tasting tables and offers three unique tasting options for visitors. www.brotherhood-winery.com

Also visit Orange County Tourism's new website: www.orangetourism.org.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county's tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.


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