NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER

NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER is a family-owned cidery born in the Hudson Valley, crafting cider from 100% New York State apples. “Our secret, our passion, is making hard cider without compromise,” says Jonathan Hull, owner and cidermaker. “As New Yorkers, we don’t mess around with manufactured flavors and additives. Unadulterated and stripped bare – this is what authentic hard cider is.”

When Hull created Naked Flock Hard Cider, the goal was to make a more natural style and move away from the commercial ciders. Naked Flock Hard Cider began with two styles: Original, made with a Champagne yeast and local wildflower honey; and Draft, made with a Belgian Trappist Ale yeast and a hint of organic maple syrup. Later, seasonal ciders such as Pumpkin and Lemon Ginger were added.

The ciders are made from a blend of 100% locally grown Hudson Valley apples. Naked Flock Hard Cider isn’t made from apple juice concentrate and water, but from fresh pressed Hudson Valley apples. “That’s why you get a big apple nose when you pour a glass,” says Hull.

As the cider market continues to grow, so does the Naked Flock. New flavors, such as Smashed Cherry and Rosé are introduced to push the edges of how people think about cider. On any weekend in the tasting room, you can find a minimum selection of six styles with a frequently rotating tap line that features new and experimental cider styles and flavors, such as Irish Coffee Cider for St. Patricks Day and a Mojito-style Cider for summertime. Cider is offered by the glass, flight, growler fills, bottles, and cans.

Where does the name Naked Flock come from? It’s a story in local folklore about a local pastor who received a gift of poppy seeds from Moby Dick author Herman Melville. Geese got into the flowers and passed out in the field. Thought dead, they were plucked for their feathers. They awoke and staggered around naked, creating quite a stir in the pastor’s own flock, who demanded they be put down. But the pastor stood his ground. “The name is a tribute to our town and the pastor who celebrated the surprises in life,” added Hull.

The Essentials

Name

NAKED FLOCK HARD CIDER

Address

82 Four Corners Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990

Phone

845-988-9292

Website

applewoodwinery.com

Open

Jan–Feb:
Sat–Sun: 11am–5pm

Mar–Dec:
Wed–Sun: 11am–5pm

Sept–Oct:
Daily: 11am–5pm

Closed

New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Tasting Fees

$9.00 for a cider flight offering four 4oz. pours

Tours

No

Farm Acreage

10 acres

Owners

Jonathan and Michele Hull

Cider Maker

Jonathan Hull

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