6 hard ciders from the east to refresh you this fall
By Oliver Peterson
The East End is now well established for home to fabulous wines in the Hamptons and North Fork, but heads have also started to turn for its fantastic hard ciders. At its core, hard cider is made from fermented apple juice, but regional winemakers and brewers have infused it with all kinds of wonderfully innovative ingredients, applying their know-how and achieving incredible results over the course of the last decade. Hard ciders are as diverse as the people of Twin Forks, and that’s just the beginning.
Take a look at the hard cider area full-fledged cellars, breweries and cider houses bring to our generous East End table.
Riverhead Cider House
2711 Sound Ave, Calverton
A true cider house in every way, Riverhead Ciderhouse offers a host of inventive cider flavors including PB&J (yes, it’s flavored peanut butter and jelly), Blackberry Habanero, Cinnamon Toast, Poolside Pineapple and BAM (Barrel Aged Maple) to name a few. Cider Master Will Loughlin also has plenty of classic flavor profiles for those who like something a little more traditional. A number of varieties are available in bottles at Long Island retailers, but their 8,000 square foot facility – featuring a tasting room, food, in-house entertainment, and retail space – is a must-see. , especially if you want to try the craziest flavors available on tap. Call 631-591-0217 or visit riverheadcider.com
729, route 25 (main road), Aquebogue
This North Fork cider house has been making delicious hard ciders in a variety of refreshing flavors since 2012. Four reliable staples are still available, including traditional dry and sweet variations, as well as raspberries and cinnamon apples, but Woodside Orchards also does a range of other options at different times of the year. Try the apricot and pumpkin apple blends on tap for fall, and come back for seasonal treats like apple ginger, lemon apple, and pineapple cider, among others. Stop to see what’s flowing and enjoy all kinds of apple treats, U-pick apples and more. Call 631-722-5770 or visit woodsideorchards.com
WÃ¶Real estate lffer
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack
Among the most beautiful places to drink at sunset in the Hamptons, WÃ¶lffer Estate Vineyard is well known for its wine, but its cider has also garnered attention since its inception. introduced in 2013. The winemaker from WÃ¶lffer Romain Roth puts as much thought and love into his cider as he does into his wines, and it shows. The range n Â° 139 is available in several profiles, designated a bit like the wines of WÃ¶lffer in Red, dry white and dry rosÃ©, a low-calorie and low-alcohol LoRo rosÃ©, a botanical variety infused with herbs, and the new minty GrÃ¼ner, which is a limited release. Each has a beautiful, beautifully packaged bottle and its own refreshing and sophisticated taste born from a carefully curated selection of apples from the region. Halsey family, owners of Milk bucket at the water mill. The WÓ§lffer’s range of ciders is available via their website in bottles and cans (rosÃ© only). Or stop by the cellar to taste by the glass and admire this legendary sunset. Call 631-537-5106 or visit wolffer.com
1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton
Another estate that is getting into the cider game this year, Channing Daughters introduces their very first Sparkling Grape Cider made with the vineyard’s own grapes and, like WÓ§lffer, apples grown and mashed on the Halsey family farm. Winemaker and partner Christopher Tracy creates cider in the ‘ancestral method’ style, also known as natural sparkling or pÃ©t-nat, which means that the cider is bottled during the initial fermentation process, allowing the sugars to form bubbles naturally. Channing Daughters says the new cider is “a super delicious, fun wine that’s ridiculously easy to pair with food and play with.” Find it at the cellar or at The Milk Pail in Water Mill. Call 631-537-7224 or visit channingdaughters.com
Jamesport Farm Brewery
5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead
In addition to their popular beers, Jamesport Farm Brewery features Doc’s New England Cider, a special New England-style draft cider fermented with raisins and brown sugar for full-bodied sweetness and balanced with the crunchy flavor of apples, also locally sourced from the Halsey Farm and Bucket milk in the water mill. Drop by for a drink in the tasting room and stay for what’s to be done in the well-stocked food truck. Call 844-JFB-BEER (844-532-2337) or visit jfbrewery.com
Po ‘Boy Brewery
200 Wilson Street, Unit E3, Port Jefferson Station
Open since 2013, this family-owned brewery and cider house has its roots in the local and national homebrew scene, where President and Brewmaster Bob Rodriguez has earned a stellar reputation and a fine collection of 34 awards. Po ‘Boy offers a rotating selection of unique homemade hard ciders and seltzer water available on tap or in cans or jars that are worth a visit to the West Hamptons and North Fork to visit their tasting room and “Sour Patch” for a drink.
Try some creative blends, such as Monkey Fruit Cider made with bananas and strawberries, as well as the apple base which qualifies it as real cider. Other fall offerings include Death St-our, a sour cider made with blackberries and lemonade, and the ever popular Crisp-Bee Apple Pie, mostly made with crunchy honey apples and cinnamon – and served on the spot with a cinnamon edge – so it tastes like an apple pie! Call 631-828-1131 or visit poboybrewery.com
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