NINE PIN CIDERWORKS has its origins in the premier apple growing regions of the upper Hudson Valley where founder and cider maker Alejandro del Peral was raised. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a Biology degree, and working on a Masters Degree in Hydrology, Alejandro became enthralled and devoted to creating liquid art from science and local terroir.
The idea of connecting the amazing orchards that had surrounded him where he was raised and his cider making skills deeply resonated with him. He returned to the upper Hudson Valley with true passion, eager to pull all of his knowledge together to start New York’s first farm cidery, Nine Pin Ciderworks.
Creating Nine Pin Ciderworks was the culmination of his various life paths and Alejandro is honored to be able to work with family, friends and the world-class orchards in the Capital Region. In 2013, using farm-fresh fruit, including apples grown from seed on his small family farm, Alejandro began crafting his award-winning Nine Pin New York Hard Cider at 929 Broadway in Albany.
Nine Pin Ciderworks became New York State’s first Farm Cidery in February 2014. Nine Pin’s cider apples come from within 20 miles of its cidery in New York’s Capital, making it truly New York and a shining beacon of sincere localism. Nine Pin’s mission is simple: to create quality craft ciders using 100% New York apples and fruit.
Under New York State’s Farm Cidery law, Nine Pin was authorized to open its tasting room in Albany’s Warehouse District. Nine Pin sponsors the Gathering of the Farm Cideries each February at its facility, bringing together other New York Farm Cideries for a tasting and market event in celebration of the Farm Cidery law. In its tasting room, Nine Pin offers the opportunity to explore a range of rotating small batch ciders, as well as other New York ciders and beers and cider cocktails using New York distilled spirits.
Nine Pin ciders are now available throughout New York State, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Nine Pin is a member of the United States Cider Association, the New York Cider Association, and the Capital Craft Beverage Trail. This year, Nine Pin will continue to expand its tasting room’s offerings to foster local interest and encourage increased cider tourism in the Capital District.
In 2019, Nine Pin Ciderworks celebrates its 5th anniversary as New York’s first farm cidery and the opening of its tasting room with commemorative bottled ciders. The Nine Pin name hails from the local legend of Rip Van Winkle who drank so much cider during a game of nine-pins hidden away in the Catskills that he fell asleep for 20 years.
NINE PIN CIDERWORKS
Albany, NY 12207
New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
4 Cider Flight – $7.00
9 Cider Flight – $15.00
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Alejandro del Peral and Sonya del Peral
Alejandro del Peral, Jacob Platel,