Hard cider has strong and deep connections to American history. Long ago in the Northeast, hard cider was more popular than beer. Cider is making a comeback into American culture and is quickly becoming a household staple for craft beverage drinkers. New York is currently home to 60 cider producers and apple wineries.
In the Finger Lakes, Beek & Skiff Apple Orchards produces seven premium flavors of its delicious 1911 brand hard ciders. In Central New York, Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farms offers six varieties of hand crafted hard ciders made from apples grown and pressed right on the farm. And, at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard you can taste hard ciders and apple wines, another feature of the New York cider making tradition.
While the Finger Lakes are typical known as wine country in New York, it is also home to great distilleries as well. Finger Lakes Distilling in Burdett, NY is a farm distillery offering tours and samples to their guests. The Hudson Valley is home to New York's first whiskey distillery since prohibition, Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery in Gardiner is a must stop for any history buff. With over 70 distilleries in the state, there are plenty of opportunities to try the delicious spirits that New York State has to offer. For more information on New York State distilleries to visit, check out Taste NY.
Despite such a large Wine and Beer industry in New York, distilleries refuse to take a backseat in the craft beverage industry. In fact, New York has the second highest number of distilleries in the nation, which are found in every corner of the state. While visiting the NYC area, be sure to check out one of the many distilleries based in Brooklyn, including Industry City Distillery, Kings County Distillery, New York Distilling Company, and The Noble Experiment NYC. They are all available for tours and tastings.