Kettleborough Cider House originated on Dressel Farms in New Paltz, NY, and began producing small-batch hard cider in 2012. After graduating from Cornell in 2007, Tim Dressel originally intended to open a craft winery, and immediately began growing wine grapes. While waiting for the new vineyard to come to maturity, the hard cider craze began sweeping the nation. Given how many apples Dressel Farms grew, it seemed only logical to shift attention from wine to hard cider. The winery dream never went away, however, and its ciders are noticeably influenced by winemaking techniques and styles.
The mentality behind Kettleborough’s cidermaking practices is firmly rooted (pun intended) in its orchard-centric approach. Dressel Farms has been growing high-quality apples for more than 60 years, so the makers understand that without good fruit, good cider isn’t possible. Ask any cider (or wine) maker and they’ll tell you that proper chemistry in their juice can make or break the final product.
Dressel Farms has been growing high-quality apples for more than 60 years, so the makers understand that without good fruit, good cider isn’t possible.
Kettleborough relies heavily on a scientific methodology to agriculture and cidermaking – working closely with Cornell Extension horticulturalists, pomologists, and entomologists to make sure it utilizes the most effective and sustainable growing techniques available today. Ironically, it has also planted numerous heirloom apple varieties that have been recently resurrected from near extinction for their superior hard cider qualities.
While it’s easy to say that Kettleborough is out to make America a cider-drinking country again, its goal is simply to bring the best product possible to its customers. It’s still a very small operation, providing the advantage of freedom to experiment and create the way it wants to on its own agenda. Kettleborough believes that by making quality ciders and educating consumers on the dynamic range of flavors and styles that ciders can bring, it can ensure a bright future for hard cider in the USA.
KETTLEBOROUGH CIDER HOUSE, llc
277 State Route 208
New Paltz, NY 12561
June–Oct: Fri–Sun, 10am–5pm
Nov (only): Sat, 12–4pm
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Tim and Kristin Dressel