NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER

Naked Flock Hard Cider is proud to be a pioneer in the Craft Beverage movement in the Hudson Valley. The company began making hard cider in 1996. “We’re introducing people to a true Hudson Valley hard cider,” says Jonathan Hull, creator of Naked Flock Hard Cider. “Our cider is for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality.”

nakedflock_08_Summer Of CiderWhen he created Naked Flock Hard Cider, the goal was to make a more natural style, and move away from the commercial ciders. Naked Flock Hard Cider began with two styles: Original, made with a Champagne yeast and local wildflower honey; and Draft, made with a Belgian Trappist Ale yeast and a hint of organic maple syrup. Later a seasonal Pumpkin was added, made with fresh roasted sugar pumpkins. In 2013, a Citra cider was made with Citra hops that produce a drier taste with a burst of citrus in the finish. Many have said it’s like an IPA meets a cider.

On any weekend in the tasting room, you can find aminimum selection of six styles on tap. Cider is offered by the glass, growler fills, bottles and cans.

nakedflock_02_Frostbite Citra BottleThe ciders are made from a blend of 100% locally grown Hudson Valley apples. Naked Flock Hard Cider isn’t made from apple juice concentrate and water, but from fresh pressed Hudson Valley apples. “That’s why you get a big apple nose when you open a bottle,” says Hull.

As the cider market continues to grow, so does the Naked Flock. New flavors are always introduced, such as Lemon Ginger, Currant Saison, Black Tea, and Carrot Juice, that push the edges of how people think about cider. On any weekend in the tasting room, you can find a minimum selection of six styles on tap. Cider is offered by the glass, growler fills, bottles, and cans.

Where does the name Naked Flock come from? It’s a story in local folklore about a local pastor who received a gift of poppy seeds from Moby Dick author Herman Melville. Geese got into the flowers and passed out in the field. Thought dead, they were plucked for their feathers. They awoke and staggered around naked, creating quite a stir in the pastor’s own flock, who demanded they be put down. But the pastor stood his ground. “The name is a tribute to our town and the pastor who celebrated the surprises in life,” added Hull.

The Essentials

Name

NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER

Address

82 Four Corners Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990

Phone

845-988-9292

Website

applewoodwinery.com

Open

Mar–Apr/Nov–Dec

Fri–Sun: 11am–5pm

May–Aug

Wed–Sun: 11am–5pm

July–Aug

Wed–Fri, Sun: 11am–5pm, Sat: 11am–6pm

Sept–Oct

Daily, 11am–5pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Tasting Fee

$6.00
$8.00 with glass

Tours

No

Farm Acreage

10

Owners

Jonathan and Michele Hull

Cider Maker

Jonathan and Michele Hull

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