IT’S THE KIND OF IDEA you get after a few drinks at the local pub. “Hey, let’s start a cider company!” Then it’s forgotten the next day. But Albert Wilklow and Devin Britton, two guys in Highland, NY, actually followed through with it.
It didn’t hurt that Albert was a sixth generation apple farmer, and Devin enjoyed brewing and fermenting anything that sounded like it had promise to make a tasty beverage. But ever since the summer of 2011, when these two childhood friends banded together with meager savings and a love of cider, they have been crafting, selling, and talking everything cider. It’s their pastime, their passion, their life.
Since the beginning, they have always had a single-minded goal to bring hand- crafted, truly dry cider to the world.
The Bad Seed tap room has a unique atmosphere, and the unique bar menu offers up tempting small bites that pair brilliantly with its unique ciders. It spans two floors, and offers a wide selection of ciders, all geared towards one goal – to advance the craft cider industry by combining both old and new cider techniques and craft beer influences. It’s not uncommon at Bad Seed to taste a cider fermented with an American Ale yeast and dry-hopped, next to a traditional dry French-style cider, or a raspberry cider made with raspberries grown right on the farm.
Bad Seed ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed apples grown on this sixth generation family farm. There’s no alchemy involved – after all this is cider, not science. You won’t find the endless list of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and excuses on a Bad Seed label, because they aren’t used.
NEW! BAD SEED FARM BAR: With 12 taps to taste your way through, this is the place in the Hudson Valley for both apple picking and drinking. If you are interested in some sustenance while cidering, there are lots of options to pair with your cider—from fresh cider doughnuts to freshly picked-by-you apples, or a creation from the onsite food truck. The Farm Bar is open seasonally at Bad Seed’s pick-your-own farm from September 1 to October 31, Saturdays 12-7pm and Sundays 12-6pm.
BROOKLYN TAP ROOM:
This is Brooklyn’s destination for Bad Seed Cider and other Hudson Valley and New York State craft beverages. With 20 rotating taps and more options available by the bottle, if you’re looking to dive deep into craft cider or just relax with a pint, you’re covered.
BAD SEED CIDER CO.
43 Baileys Gap Rd.
Highland, NY 12528
Bad Seed Farm Bar (seasonally):
341 Pancake Hollow Rd.
Highland, NY 12528
585 Franklin Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving,
Tasting paddle – $10.00
$10.00 (tickets on website)
Devin Britton, Albert Wilklow
Bram Kincheloe (Sales & Marketing)