THE CIDER MAKERS at Angry Orchard have been experimenting with apple varieties, ingredients and aging processes to develop hard cider recipes for more than 20 years. The cider making team has traveled the world to find the best apples for cider making and to choose specific varieties based on each cider’s desired flavor profile.
In fall 2015, Angry Orchard opened a home for research and development, the Cider House, on its historic 60-acre apple orchard in Walden, NY. Here, the cider makers research and drive experimentation, and drinkers are welcome to visit for samples of exclusive ciders made on-site. Despite the recent growth of hard cider in the US, and the prevalence of cider in the Hudson Valley, the category is still small and relatively unknown. Angry Orchard is committed to drinker education and awareness-building to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.
As part of the experience at the Cider House, drinkers are invited to take a self- guided tour that features vintage cider making equipment, an interactive exhibit about the history of cider in the US, as well as an in-depth look at the cider making process. Visitors will then spiral down through the cider production area to experience how cider is made firsthand, including specialty and barrel-aged styles made by the cider makers in New York using local apples. Finally, guests will make their way into the tasting room where drinkers 21+ can sample a flight of three Angry Orchard ciders and purchase additional drafts while enjoying the scenic view from outside on the lawn, next to the fire pit, or at the rustic table tops of the taproom.
Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a crisp and refreshing fruit-forward cider that blends the sweetness of culinary apples with dryness and bright acidity from bittersweet apples for a balanced flavor profile. Angry Orchard also makes The Cider House Collection, the orchard’s NY-based specialty ciders, and a variety of seasonal ciders.
New for 2017: Angry Orchard will be offering guided tours of the Cidery and the Angry Orchard Tree House built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. After your tour and flight you can now enjoy draft ciders from Angry Orchard’s changing draft rotation. For more information, ticket pricing, and events visit our website www.angryorchard.com/visit-our-orchard. To find where Angry Orchard hard cider is served near you, visit the “cider finder”.
2241 Albany Post Road
Walden, NY 12566
January–June: Fri–Sun, 11am–6pm
July–December: Wed–Sun, 11am–6pm
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving,
Tour options vary: $5.00–$5.00
Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker
Elyssa Bowen, Assistant Cider Maker