THE CIDER MAKERS at Angry Orchard have been experimenting with apple varieties, ingredients and the aging process to develop hard cider recipes for more than 20 years. Our team has traveled the world to find the best apples for cider making and to choose specific varieties based on each cider’s desired flavor profile.
In fall 2015, Angry Orchard opened a home for research and development. The Cider House sits on a 60-acre apple orchard in Walden, NY. Here, the cider makers research and drive experimentation, and drinkers are invited to visit and experience the exclusive ciders made on-site and some of the national favorites. Despite the recent growth of hard cider in the US, and the prevalence of cider in the Hudson Valley, the category is still small and relatively unknown. Angry Orchard is committed to drinker education and awareness-building to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.
During 2020, the Cider House will be undergoing renovations. Although the cider house is only 5 years old, we are renovating to better accommodate our guests and better their experience. First, we will be creating a brand-new bar area on the top floor of the building where guests can purchase and sample various Walden exclusive ciders, as well as national core styles, all while overlooking our pressing room and cellar. Once our new lounge area is ready, we will revamp our current taproom which looks out at our cozy firepit and amazing view of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge.
Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a crisp and refreshing fruit-forward cider that blends the sweetness of culinary apples with dryness and bright acidity from bittersweet apples for a balanced flavor profile.
Angry Orchard will be offering guided tours of the Barrel Room and the Angry Orchard Tree House built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. After your tour and cider tastings, you can enjoy draft ciders from Angry Orchard’s changing draft rotation. For more information, tour reservations, and events visit www.angryorchard.com/our-orchard. To find where Angry Orchard hard cider is served near you, visit the “cider finder” at www.angryorchard.com/locations.
2241 Albany Post Road
Walden, NY 12566
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving,
Tour options vary: $10.00–$20.00
Ryan Burk, head cider maker
Patrick Commane, assistant cider maker
Joseph Graynor, assistant cider maker