AS THE GENTLEMAN AND LADY FARMER at Pennings Farm Cidery, siblings SJ and Tori Pennings portray how the term “gentleman farmer” has transitioned to demonstrate that farming can be an endeavor taken on for both profit and pleasure. Born and raised on their family’s 100+ acre apple orchard, these next generation farmers, business owners and cider makers showcase the fruits of their family’s labor through the production and sale of hard cider. Their homegrown campaign utilizes apples from Pennings Farm Market and Pennings Orchard U-Pick operation,
and integrates additional farm-grown produce including hops, honey, peaches, pumpkins, and soon, raspberries and beets.
Having a fresh on-farm apple crop to use in the production of its hard ciders sets Pennings Farm Cidery apart from other cideries that may outsource ingredients. “It’s a true fortune to be growers first,” says SJ, “But it’s a greater treasure to be located in a region that is so robust in farmland, giving Pennings Farm the opportunity to collaborate with local farmers and producers.”
Plans are in the works to develop a cider-specific section of the apple orchard, where a number of apple varieties to be used specifically in hard cider production will be planted and harvested within the next three years. Future plantings will include antique and American varieties such as Porter’s Perfection and Golden Russet to add some more complexity to the ciders. Having an apple orchard that grows cider style apple varieties situated immediately adjacent to the production facility allows for the freshest apples to be used in Pennings hard ciders, alleviating long-term storage.
Entering its second year as a full-service cidery, Pennings Farm Cidery houses both the hard cider production facility as well as a Tap Room, which offers as many as nine of Pennings own hard ciders, served on tap by the pint, in tasting flights and Grolsh-style bottles or growlers-to-go. In addition to their ciders, New York State craft beers are on tap, including those produced with ingredients grown on Pennings Farm. New York State wine is available by the glass and bottle. Tapas-style light fare is on the menu, prepared using locally grown ingredients, and local food truck vendors are on-site on weekends and during special events.
In addition to serving ciders on-site and through the pub and beer garden at the cidery’s parent business, Pennings Farm Cidery also distributes its cider in a growing number of bars and restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley. As the climate for imbibing hard cider has heated up, Pennings Farm Cidery has found itself taking to the streets to also distribute at local and regional craft beverage events and farmer’s markets including the Warwick Farmer’s Market, the Green Markets in New York City, St. Stephen’s Summer Food Truck Festival and Tap NY.
PENNINGS FARM CIDERY
4 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, New York 10990
Fri–Sun, 5–9pm (May–Oct only)
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
9 Cider Flight – $25.00
Stephen (SJ) Pennings Jr. and Tori Pennings
SJ Pennings and Tori Pennings
Stephen (SJ) Pennings Jr.