HUDSON VALLEY FARMHOUSE CIDER was founded in 1996 by award-winning farmer, cider master, and “Grand Dame of Hudson Valley Cider” Elizabeth Ryan at her original orchard, Breezy Hill, near Rhinebeck, NY.
In 2014, Ryan saved the beloved, 200-year-old Stone Ridge Orchard in Ulster County from the threat of development by purchasing it and adding it to the Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider family. All together, she now has over 145 acres of fruit-bearing trees with more than 100 varieties of apples including a dedicated hard cider orchard housing many traditional and heirloom cider apples such as Dabinett, Binet Rouge, and Kingston Black. On the culinary side, her apples turn up everywhere from the Gramercy Tavern and the Studio Cafe at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan to public school cafeterias in New York City and farmer’s markets throughout the state. Many of the varieties she grows are almost impossible to find anywhere else in the country.
With a degree in pomology from Cornell University and intensive study of cider making in Somerset and Hereford, England, Ryan has been making and perfecting her cider techniques since the early 1980s. The result is an impressive collection of highly drinkable ciders in the traditional style featuring a robust New World flavor profile.
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider produces a line of exceptional farm-based ciders with style and character. The cidery is based at two beloved Hudson Valley farms, Breezy Hill Orchard near Rhinebeck and Stone Ridge Orchard near New Paltz, both known for their commitment to ecological growing and the production of highly flavored fruit. They recently opened a new tasting room at Stone Ridge, and continue to welcome visitors for U-Pick in the fall.
The Stone Ridge Orchard plays host to the Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider’s Farm Bar, which is open Friday through Sunday, May through December, so you can sample this classic beverage crafted by Elizabeth Ryan herself.
The Farm Bar always has a variety of the Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider’s bottle-conditioned ciders available for tasting, in addition to a wood-fired pizza oven and live music performances.
HUDSON VALLEY FARMHOUSE CIDER
3012 Route 213
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Apr 15–Nov 30
Dec 1–Dec 31
Limited hours, check website
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas