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 choosing specific varieties with unique flavor profiles in mind.
In fall 2015, Angry Orchard opened at he Cider House, which sits on a 60-acre apple orchard and is home for the brand’s cider research and development. Here, the cider makers research and drive experimentation, and drinkers are invited to visit and experience the exclusive ciders made on-site along with some of the well-known favorite styles. 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 driving cider education and awareness to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.
During 2020, the Cider House underwent renovations to help better accommodate the guest experience. THe renovations included building out a large bar area on the top floor of the building where guests can enjoy a variety of ciders while overlooking the pressing room and cellar. Additionally, the team revamped the downstairs taproom which looks out at the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge.
For those who can’t visit the Orchard, you can find their flagship cider, Crisp Apple, at bars and restaurants across the country. And for those looking to have access to Walden exclusive styles, check out their Angry Orchard Cider Club at www.angryorchard.com/cider-club.
For more information about visiting the Cider House, head to www.angryorchard.com. 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–$30
Ryan Burk, head cider maker
Joseph Gaynor, assistant cider maker