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.”
When 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.
The 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 with a frequently rotating tap line that features new and experimental cider styles and flavors. 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.
NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER
82 Four Corners Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
$10.00 with glass
Jonathan and Michele Hull