December 22, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER PRESENTS: PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODE 8: UPSTATE COOKIE SHACK

In this episode, we head to our friends Rob and Alicia at Upstate Cookie Shack in North Greenbush, NY!

Welcome to the eighth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

We have had the pleasure of working with Rob and Alicia from Upstate Cookie Shack since they busted onto the Upstate New York scene the past few years.

They have featured their delicious cookies at numerous cider pairings in the tasting room, but we have never tried baking their incredible cookies with Nine Pin...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Stay tuned for a recipe so you can make this delicious creation at home.

Tune in for final PUT CIDER IN IT episode of season 1 with Tipsy Moose Tavern on Wednesday, January !

Watch more PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODES here

December 13, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Recipe Booklet

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, launched its first ever cider syrup in collaboration with The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain, N.Y. Check out some amazing recipes you can use it with!

Nine Pin’s cider syrup can be used on its own, as a glaze, or in cocktails, and makes a great gift for cider fans.

Here are some recipes you can try at home!

Yellow delicata squash with green leaves
Source: Sheri Silver

Nine Pin Cider Syrup-Roasted Delicata Squash with Red Onion (Source: Epicurious)

Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Roasting the squash with olive oil and cider syrup enhances their sweetness while helping them turn a rich golden brown.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 3 medium Delicata squash (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 medium red onions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Step 1

Arrange the racks in the upper and lower rungs in the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F degrees. Place the squash, red onion, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and Nine Pin Cider syrup, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Step 2

Spread vegetables evenly onto two large, rimmed baking sheets. Bake the squash on the upper and lower racks of the oven, tossing, rotating, and switching the pan positions half way through cooking, until tender and browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Taste and season again with more salt and pepper, if desired.

A Nine Pin Cider Syrup bottle, a can of nine pin signature, and a nine pin cider cocktail at the nine pin tasting room
Source: Nine Pin Cider
Valley Meets Mountain Cocktail

Active time: 3 minutes

This delicious cocktail celebrates New York State’s greatest agricultural output, the apple, using Nine Pin Signature and our Cider Syrup. Source: Nine Pin Cider

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 oz Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 1.5 ounces Harvest Spirits Core Vodka
  • 1 can Nine Pin Signature Cider
  • 1 apple slice

Step 1

Fill cocktail glass with ice

Step 2

Add in Core Vodka and Nine Pin Cider Syrup

Step 3

Top with Nine Pin Signature can. Stir vigorously.

Step 4

Add on apple slice and enjoy!

Fried tofu nuggets with dipping sauce on the side
Source: All Recipes

Tofu Nuggets with Cider-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Extra-firm tofu and breading give these nuggets the texture of real chicken, and the sauce is just a yummy bonus. Source: All Recipes

Ingredients (serves 4)

Breaded Tofu:

  • 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup dry fine whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • olive oil cooking spray  

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup smooth Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Step 1

Hold tofu over the sink and gently squeeze out moisture. Blot surface dry with a paper towel (do not press). Slice tofu crosswise into 6 rectangular slabs. Slice slabs in half to create 12 squares, then cut squares in half diagonally to create 24 triangles.

Step 2

Pour soy sauce on a plate. Mix breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powders, and thyme on a second plate. Set out a third plate. Dip each tofu piece in soy sauce, turning to coat; dredge in bread-crumb mixture, sprinkling tops with mixture and turning to coat. Set coated tofu on third plate.

Step 3

Spray a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat. Working in batches of about 8 pieces, cook tofu, flipping with a thin spatula and spraying skillet between batches, until crisp and browned on most sides, about 5 minutes per batch.

Step 4

For the dipping sauce, stir mustard, Nine Pin Cider Syrup, and oil together with a fork in a small bowl until smooth. If too thick, stir in warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until pourable

A brown, cider syrup pie
Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Pie

Preparation: 25 MIN Cooking: 45 MIN Waiting: 2 H Chilling: 30 MIN  

Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Ingredients (serves 8)

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups (190 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) ice water

Filling

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) 35% heavy cream
  • 1 egg

Preparation

Crust

In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and pulse a few seconds at a time until pea-sized pieces form. Add the water and pulse again until the dough just begins to form. Add more water, if needed. Remove the dough from the food processor and shape into a disc.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch (3 mm). Line a 9-inch (23 cm) glass pie plate and remove excess dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Filling

With the rack in the lowest position, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

In a bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour. Add the Nine Pin Cider Syrup and whisk until the mixture is smooth and the cornstarch has dissolved completely. Add the cream and egg. Whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the filling has set. Let cool at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

Purchase Cider Syrup Bottles Here

December 10, 2021

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cider-Obsessed

Looking for the perfect present for the cider enthusiast in your life? A six-pack of their favorite cans or a few bottles of specialty cider is definitely a great gift. But if you want to put something truly unique under the tree this year, we’ve got you covered. Take their love for cider to a whole new level with these clever gift ideas featuring craft cider makers.

Read the story below!

Present with a blue bow and ribbon on it
Read here!

December 8, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER PRESENTS: PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODE 7: CHEF RIC ORLANDO

In this episode, we head to Chef Ric Orlando's home kitchen in Woodstock, NY!

Welcome to the seventh episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

This past summer, we teamed up with Chef Ric Orlando to create our Signature Cider BBQ Sauce and our Ginger Cider BBQ Sauce.

We have been dying to create some dishes with Chef Ric with these new sauces...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It as well!

Here are the recipes:

Signature BBQ Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and waffles to me always needs something to pull the dish together.

In this dish the creamy goat cheese and tangy Signature BBQ sauce take a basic dish to the sublime level!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

- 4 belgian waffles, toasted

- 1 cup milk

- ½ cup Nine Pin Signature Cider

- 8-10 chicken tenders or breast strips

- 1 cup flour, or rice flour for gluten free version

- 2 tbls Ric Orlando’s BEST Q-RUB BBQ seasoning *

- 2 tsp salt

- Safflower or other vegetable oil for frying

- ½ cup goat cheese

- Ric Orlando’s Signature BBQ sauce as desired

Directions:

- Cut the chicken into strips.

- Mix the flour, salt and QRUB seasoning in a separate bowl

- Put the strips in a bow with the milk, QRub Seasoning and cider and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to two hours.

- In a heavy skillet heat enough oil to come up about ½ inch in the pan until just shimmering, to about 340 degrees.

- Dredge each chicken piece in the flour mix and carefully lay into the hot oil.

- Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes.

- Drain on paper towels and keep warm.

- Put two waffles on each plate.

- Top with crumble goat cheese.

- Lay the hot chicken pieces over the waffles.

- Drizzle on the Signature BBQ Sauce. Don't be shy!

Recipe by Ric Orlando

Ginger Cider BBQ Clams:

This is an amazing pear round dish, and with a hunk of bread and a crisp salad, it makes an easy and delish one pot dinner.

Look for smallish Littleneck clams for this.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

- 16-24 littleneck clams, scrubbed under cold water

- 3 tbsp olive oil

- 4 oz Andouille or other spicy sausage, sliced into rings

- 1 medium sweet or red onion, diced

- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced medium, to yield about 1 ½ cups

- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, about one sprig

- 8 oz Nine Pin ginger cider

-  3-4 oz Ric Orlando's Ginger BBQ Sauce

Directions:

- In a heavy pan or pot with a snug fitting lid heat the oil over medium high heat.

- Add the sausage and onions and cook until shiny.

- Add the diced sweet potatoes and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally until almost tender

- Turn the heat to high. Add the thyme and the cider and cover.

- Let The clams steam about 4-5 minutes or until they have all pepped open.

- Swirl in the Ginger BBQ sauce and serve in bowls.

Recipe by Ric Orlando

Try other amazing Nine Pin BBQ dishes this Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. at our Nine Pin Cider Sauce Pop Up with Ric Orlando - December!

Tune in for our next PUT CIDER IN IT with Upstate Cookie Shack on Wednesday, December 22!

Watch more PUT CIDER IN IT episodes!

November 24, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Presents: Put Cider In It Episode 6: fin - your fishmonger

In this episode, we head to fin - your fishmonger in Guilderland, New York!

Welcome to the sixth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

For years, we have worked with our close friends, fin - your fishmonger, having them over for seafood pop ups at the cidery. Josh decided to stop over to their storefront in Guilderland for a change and see if the fin team had anything special cooking. Isabel was preparing some AMAZING fish and chips...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Want to make these Nine Pin Cider-Battered Cod home?

Ingredients

- (4) 6oz fresh Icelandic cod fillets

- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- ¾ cup rice flour plus extra for dusting

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1½ Cans Nine Pin hard cider

-  1 teaspoon white sugar

- Salt to taste

- Lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnish

- Enough canola oil to fry each fillet

Directions

✓ In a large bowl, mix both flours, baking powder and sugar.

✓ Add cider and salt and mix until batter binds together and is smooth. Don’t over mix!

✓ Dust with extra flour until completely covered.

✓ Heat a sauté pan of oil to 350F (oil should be high enough in the pan to fry one side at a time.) Use a thermometer to check for temp OR dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil – if it bubbles, it’s ready!

✓ Dunk fish into batter and place carefully into hot oil…SLOWLY!

✓ Cook on each side for 4 – 5 minutes. You may have to cook fillet one at a time.

✓ Once completely golden brown and delicious, remove from sauté pan and place on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

✓ Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.

✓ Enjoy!

Tune in for our next PUT CIDER IN IT with Ric Orlando on Wednesday, November 24!

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November 21, 2021

Use Nine Pin Cider to make a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey!

Nancy Fuller has an amazing Rolled Turkey Breast with Nutty Fruit Stuffing using Nine Pin Signature Cider.

Nancy Fuller holding a growler of Nine Pin Cider

Check out the recipe here!

Learn More

November 19, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER ANNOUNCES NEW APPLE CIDER SYRUP

New York farm cidery collaborates with fellow N.Y.-based syrup producer to create its newest product

A bottle of Nine Pin Cider Syrup

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, is launching its first ever cider syrup in collaboration with The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain, N.Y.

 

The new syrup came as a joint venture between Nine Pin, Samascott Orchards, and the Forest Farmers. Located deep in the Adirondack Mountains, The Forest Farmers are the largest maple syrup producer in New York State. An excess of apples was put through the syrup-making process, leading to the creation of Nine Pin’s first cider syrup.

 

“We were thrilled to connect with the great people at Nine Pin and Samascott Orchards to develop a unique apple cider syrup that tastes amazing!” said Michael Farrell, CEO of The Forest Farmers. “We discovered that the specialized equipment we normally use to produce maple syrup, utilizing high pressure steam boiling, also makes the best tasting apple cider syrup anyone has ever tasted! Everyone was so thrilled with the results that we ordered a large batch of apple cider just to be able to make some cider syrup for ourselves.”

 

The production of the cider syrup also helped to reduce wasted produce and equipment. While the seasonal maple syrup equipment sat idly during the off-season, 2021 also offered a particularly large harvest of apples from Samascott Orchards.

 

“From all the rain this summer, some of the apples were too waterlogged to meet the quality standards for cider production or eating,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and head cidermaker at Nine Pin. “The stars aligned with Forest Farmers, and we sent a big batch of the juice from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook to Lion Mountain, a valley meets mountains moment.”

 

The syrup will launch on Monday, Nov. 22 in the Nine Pin tasting room, which will feature specialty cocktails, food specials, and cider syrup tastings.

 

Nine Pin’s cider syrup can be used on its own, as a glaze, or in cocktails, and make a great gift for cider fans. The bottled syrup will be available retail in the tasting room and for shipping and pick up on ninepincider.com.

Order your Nine Pin Cider Syrup here!

November 19, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER, ALBANY CENTER GALLERY ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF LATEST OUTDOOR MURAL

The colorful portrait by artist Lexi Hannah is the newest addition to the Albany-based cidery

A mural of an apple orchard

 Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has announced the latest outdoor mural addition at its Albany cidery and tasting room.

In collaboration with the Albany Center Gallery, the mural was designed and painted by Lexi Hannah. Hannah is a mixed-media artist from Latham, N.Y. In addition to her work being featured by Instagram, INSIDER, and Strathmore Artist Papers, she has worked on individual and community projects across the United States, Italy, Ecuador, and Peru.

 

This mural is the latest collaboration with the Albany Center Gallery and overall, part of Nine Pin’s commitment of supporting the local arts community. Over the years, Nine Pin has commissioned murals and artwork as well as hosted art shows and exhibitions within the tasting room.

 

“I had a really wonderful time working with Nine Pin on this project,” said Hannah. “They wanted a colorful orchard scene and showed interest in impressionist types of work, so I utilized colorful strokes and a sense of movement with the trees stretched upwards to complement the tall shape of the door; the branch in the forefront is meant to help further emphasize the perspective of the trees moving back (the farthest being bluer to suggest distance). I used a violet background for interesting shadow tones that would work nicely against their bright green exterior.”

 

“As Nine Pin crafts its cider, these artists create their work and we couldn’t be more thrilled to once again partner with the Albany Center Gallery for this mural,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “Lexi’s talent is on brilliant display with this new mural and we’re honored it will be seen by our customers and visitors for years to come.”

 

“We are excited to support local art and artists and to see so many colorful murals come to life at Nine Pin Ciderworks,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director, Albany Center Gallery. “This is the third mural commission we’ve worked on together, and we look forward to many more partnerships with Nine Pin while supporting our regional artists. Special thanks to Lexi for sharing her creativity and talent with us all.”

Learn More

November 17, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER’S POPULAR 26ER CIDER PROGRAM RETURNS IN 2022

Year-long tasting series challenges Nine Pin fans to try 26 new styles of cider

A green, animation of a mountain and sunrise. Text reads Nine Pin 26er 2022

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, announced the return of its innovative 26er program, a year-long cider appreciation challenge. During the inaugural 26er series in 2016, more than 325 individuals earned 26er status and during the 2018 program, 669 individuals earned 26er status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 26er program was cut short. In 2022 as with the program in 2018, a portion of the 26er cider sales will be donated to support the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)’s Summit Stewardship Program.

Nine Pin worked with Kinderhook, N.Y.-based Samascott Orchards to develop 26 new and unique ciders that will be part of the2022 program. During the program, a new cider will be released every two weeks.26er ciders will only be available at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany.  Those who achieve 26er status are entitled to various benefits in Nine Pin’s tasting room including perpetual happy hour pricing. Prospective participants who earned 26er status in 2016 and 2018 are eligible to complete the challenge again to reach 26er Silver or Gold status. Achievers at each level receive different additional prizes and privileges.

Participants will once again be able to keep track of all 26 ciders, their tasting notes, dryness level, and whether they would drink those ciders again in custom 26er journals. The journals are available for purchase here.

 

“After working hard this fall to develop these unique 26er ciders, I am confident that they are some of the best and can’t wait to share them after the shutdown we experienced in 2020” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder, and cider maker. “I encourage you to participate in experimental cider challenge that supports New York agriculture and our beloved treasure that is the Adirondack Park.”

 

“26er cider sales support the Adirondack Mountain Club Summit Stewardship Program,” said Kayla White, ADK’s Summit Steward coordinator. “A big thank you to Nine Pin for donating a portion of sales to our program.”

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November 12, 2021

NINE PIN’S CIDER BY THE CAMPFIRE RETURNS FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASON

The private events are available throughout 2021-2022 winter season

A firepit. Text reads cider by the campfire

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has kicked off its popular private campfire season, offering guests a unique outdoor experience for the 2021-2022 winter beginning Saturday, November 6. Offered Thursday through Sunday, the Cider by the Campfire experience is hosted for small private groups, available by reservation only.

Group reservations are for two-hour timeslots and are offered for small groups of up to ten people. Each reservation includes Nine Pin ciders, sourdough pizzas, camp chair seating, and a pre-built robust campfire.  Exciting add-ons  including s’mores kits  and table service are also available. Reservations are non-refundable , but rain and snow dates are available.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this winter activity that was so incredibly popular last season,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “It offers a way to stay warm and enjoy friends and family outdoors during the long winter months.”

Reservations are available online or via email to cara@ninepincider.com. Inquire for information about different group sizes and dietary choices. Further information about Nine Pin Cider and Cider by the Campfire can be found at ninepincider.com.

Book Now!

November 19, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER ANNOUNCES NEW APPLE CIDER SYRUP

New York farm cidery collaborates with fellow N.Y.-based syrup producer to create its newest product

A bottle of Nine Pin Cider Syrup

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, is launching its first ever cider syrup in collaboration with The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain, N.Y.

 

The new syrup came as a joint venture between Nine Pin, Samascott Orchards, and the Forest Farmers. Located deep in the Adirondack Mountains, The Forest Farmers are the largest maple syrup producer in New York State. An excess of apples was put through the syrup-making process, leading to the creation of Nine Pin’s first cider syrup.

 

“We were thrilled to connect with the great people at Nine Pin and Samascott Orchards to develop a unique apple cider syrup that tastes amazing!” said Michael Farrell, CEO of The Forest Farmers. “We discovered that the specialized equipment we normally use to produce maple syrup, utilizing high pressure steam boiling, also makes the best tasting apple cider syrup anyone has ever tasted! Everyone was so thrilled with the results that we ordered a large batch of apple cider just to be able to make some cider syrup for ourselves.”

 

The production of the cider syrup also helped to reduce wasted produce and equipment. While the seasonal maple syrup equipment sat idly during the off-season, 2021 also offered a particularly large harvest of apples from Samascott Orchards.

 

“From all the rain this summer, some of the apples were too waterlogged to meet the quality standards for cider production or eating,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and head cidermaker at Nine Pin. “The stars aligned with Forest Farmers, and we sent a big batch of the juice from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook to Lion Mountain, a valley meets mountains moment.”

 

The syrup will launch on Monday, Nov. 22 in the Nine Pin tasting room, which will feature specialty cocktails, food specials, and cider syrup tastings.

 

Nine Pin’s cider syrup can be used on its own, as a glaze, or in cocktails, and make a great gift for cider fans. The bottled syrup will be available retail in the tasting room and for shipping and pick up on ninepincider.com.

Order your Nine Pin Cider Syrup here!

November 19, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER, ALBANY CENTER GALLERY ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF LATEST OUTDOOR MURAL

The colorful portrait by artist Lexi Hannah is the newest addition to the Albany-based cidery

A mural of an apple orchard

 Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has announced the latest outdoor mural addition at its Albany cidery and tasting room.

In collaboration with the Albany Center Gallery, the mural was designed and painted by Lexi Hannah. Hannah is a mixed-media artist from Latham, N.Y. In addition to her work being featured by Instagram, INSIDER, and Strathmore Artist Papers, she has worked on individual and community projects across the United States, Italy, Ecuador, and Peru.

 

This mural is the latest collaboration with the Albany Center Gallery and overall, part of Nine Pin’s commitment of supporting the local arts community. Over the years, Nine Pin has commissioned murals and artwork as well as hosted art shows and exhibitions within the tasting room.

 

“I had a really wonderful time working with Nine Pin on this project,” said Hannah. “They wanted a colorful orchard scene and showed interest in impressionist types of work, so I utilized colorful strokes and a sense of movement with the trees stretched upwards to complement the tall shape of the door; the branch in the forefront is meant to help further emphasize the perspective of the trees moving back (the farthest being bluer to suggest distance). I used a violet background for interesting shadow tones that would work nicely against their bright green exterior.”

 

“As Nine Pin crafts its cider, these artists create their work and we couldn’t be more thrilled to once again partner with the Albany Center Gallery for this mural,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “Lexi’s talent is on brilliant display with this new mural and we’re honored it will be seen by our customers and visitors for years to come.”

 

“We are excited to support local art and artists and to see so many colorful murals come to life at Nine Pin Ciderworks,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director, Albany Center Gallery. “This is the third mural commission we’ve worked on together, and we look forward to many more partnerships with Nine Pin while supporting our regional artists. Special thanks to Lexi for sharing her creativity and talent with us all.”

Learn More

November 17, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER’S POPULAR 26ER CIDER PROGRAM RETURNS IN 2022

Year-long tasting series challenges Nine Pin fans to try 26 new styles of cider

A green, animation of a mountain and sunrise. Text reads Nine Pin 26er 2022

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, announced the return of its innovative 26er program, a year-long cider appreciation challenge. During the inaugural 26er series in 2016, more than 325 individuals earned 26er status and during the 2018 program, 669 individuals earned 26er status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 26er program was cut short. In 2022 as with the program in 2018, a portion of the 26er cider sales will be donated to support the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)’s Summit Stewardship Program.

Nine Pin worked with Kinderhook, N.Y.-based Samascott Orchards to develop 26 new and unique ciders that will be part of the2022 program. During the program, a new cider will be released every two weeks.26er ciders will only be available at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany.  Those who achieve 26er status are entitled to various benefits in Nine Pin’s tasting room including perpetual happy hour pricing. Prospective participants who earned 26er status in 2016 and 2018 are eligible to complete the challenge again to reach 26er Silver or Gold status. Achievers at each level receive different additional prizes and privileges.

Participants will once again be able to keep track of all 26 ciders, their tasting notes, dryness level, and whether they would drink those ciders again in custom 26er journals. The journals are available for purchase here.

 

“After working hard this fall to develop these unique 26er ciders, I am confident that they are some of the best and can’t wait to share them after the shutdown we experienced in 2020” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder, and cider maker. “I encourage you to participate in experimental cider challenge that supports New York agriculture and our beloved treasure that is the Adirondack Park.”

 

“26er cider sales support the Adirondack Mountain Club Summit Stewardship Program,” said Kayla White, ADK’s Summit Steward coordinator. “A big thank you to Nine Pin for donating a portion of sales to our program.”

SIGN UP HERE!

November 12, 2021

NINE PIN’S CIDER BY THE CAMPFIRE RETURNS FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASON

The private events are available throughout 2021-2022 winter season

A firepit. Text reads cider by the campfire

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has kicked off its popular private campfire season, offering guests a unique outdoor experience for the 2021-2022 winter beginning Saturday, November 6. Offered Thursday through Sunday, the Cider by the Campfire experience is hosted for small private groups, available by reservation only.

Group reservations are for two-hour timeslots and are offered for small groups of up to ten people. Each reservation includes Nine Pin ciders, sourdough pizzas, camp chair seating, and a pre-built robust campfire.  Exciting add-ons  including s’mores kits  and table service are also available. Reservations are non-refundable , but rain and snow dates are available.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this winter activity that was so incredibly popular last season,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “It offers a way to stay warm and enjoy friends and family outdoors during the long winter months.”

Reservations are available online or via email to cara@ninepincider.com. Inquire for information about different group sizes and dietary choices. Further information about Nine Pin Cider and Cider by the Campfire can be found at ninepincider.com.

Book Now!

November 5, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER MAKES ANNUAL DONATION TO OUTHUDSON, NON-PROFIT LGBTQ ORGANIZATION

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, donated a portion of the sales from each 4-pack of Pride cans sold to support the Columbia County-based LGBTQ non-profit OutHudson for the third year in a row.

Three people in an apple orchard holding a Nine Pin Cider check

OutHudson is a volunteer led non-profit organization formed in 2016, with a mission to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County. Nine Pin, who sources most of the apples it uses from Columbia County, coordinated the effort to both help amplify the organization’s voice and raise money for their cause.

The donation of $1,710 will help organize various social and educational LGBTQ events such as movie screenings, intergenerational programming, potlucks, discussion groups, youth/teen support groups, drag brunches, author/poetry readings, Drag Queen Story Time, community town halls, educational workshops, and HIV/AIDS programming.

“We are glad to be able to assist OutHudson with the extraordinary work it does for our LGBTQ community,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “We are honored to be a part of such an important cause.”

For more information about Nine Pin Cider, please visit ninepincider.com.

November 5, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER TO HOST VIRTUAL PRESSING PARTY ON NOV. 11

The New York farm cidery will live stream this year’s pressing of over 150 varieties of apples to craft the 2021 Cider Monster via Facebook Live

A bottle of Nine Pin Cider Monster 2020

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, goes virtual for a second year in a row with this year’s Pressing Party. Fans will be able to attend this event by visiting ninepincider.com, or logging in directly via Nine Pin’s Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 11 starting at 7 p.m.

Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker will host the show while displaying a live pressing of over 150 varieties of New York apples from which Nine Pin will craft its 2021 Cider Monster batch.

Special this year is that visitors to the tasting room will be able to experience the "party" LIVE in the Rose Room where it will be aired! Meaty Max Vegan Meats will be at Nine Pin’s tasting room starting at 5 p.m. to serve delicious vegan dinners. Participants from home are invited to crack open a bottle of Cider Monster 2020 (released on Halloween) and tune in with questions, to learn more about the cider making process from apple to glass.

“While this event remains virtual this year, we will continue to press New York’s apples live in our facility to craft next year’s Cider Monster batch” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. "Grab a cider and tune in to learn more about the process behind one of our most unique ciders.”

The 2020 Cider Monster crafted at last year’s Pressing Party is now available in 750ml bottles at the Nine Pin tasting room and may be ordered for pickup at ninepincider.com. This cider is described as bone dry, complex, and tart with an ABV of 6.6 percent.

For more information about Nine Pin Cider, please visit ninepincider.com.

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October 15, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER EARNS NEW YORK STATE GROWN AND CERTIFIED SEAL

NYS Grown and Certified seal helps shoppers identify cider they can trust

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Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, is officially New York State Grown & Certified.

The New York State Grown & Certified designation is the first statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard.

 

The seal allows shoppers to find the best food for their families – making it easy to identify foods they can trust and that are locally and responsibly grown and produced.

 

When consumers see products with the New York State Grown & Certified seal, they can be assured that it comes from a local farm that adheres to high food safety standards and environmentally responsible practices. The label lets them know the food was grown locally, right here in New York State.

 

“We are very pleased to be officially New York State Grown & Certified,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “This important distinction is an easy way for cider enthusiasts to know that our premium craft cider is proudly made from New York apples and produced in the Empire State.”

 

This voluntary program is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to meet consumer demand for high-quality food and agricultural products.

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September 24, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER, SAMASCOTT ORCHARDS TO HOST ANNUAL FALL CIDER EVENTS

New York’s first farm cidery returns with unique pop-up bar and corn maze events

A man holding a case of Nine Pin Cider in an apple orchard

ALBANY, N.Y. (September, 2021) – Nine Pin Cider, New York's first farm cidery, has partnered with Samascott Orchards located in Kinderhook, NY to host their two popular fall cider events again this year: “Cider Sunday” on Oct. 10, and “Cider Maze” on Friday, Oct. 29.

 

During Cider Sunday, attendees will be able to enjoy Nine Pin’s unique pop-up hard cider bar right in the middle of Samascott Orchards where food and music will also be offered. Samascott Orchards offers an incredible selection of apples for picking as well as a myriad of great fall vegetables.  

 

At the Cider Maze, participants will be able to try and navigate through this year’s new corn maze design while enjoying a crisp can of cider.  There will be various punch points inside the maze to gain prizes. You may find four of the eight punches to receive $1 off a 12 oz pour at the pop-up Nine Pin bar outside the maze, or all 8 punches to receive an extra $1 off a second 12 oz pour. The Nosh Food Truck will be there with unique food offerings.

 

“These are two amazing events to help everyone welcome the fall season,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “It’s exciting that  we are able to offer them again this year.”

 

The pop-up cider bar at Cider Sunday is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entry to the orchard is $5 per person. Dogs are not allowed.  

 

The Cider Maze is a 21 and over event only, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A fee of $16 grants you entry to the maze and your first can of cider to drink in the Maze. Flashlights required as the event will beheld in the dark; rubber boots recommended.

 

Samascott Orchards is located at 5 Sunset Avenue in Kinderhook.  The Cider Maze is located at 65 Chatham Street in Kinderhook.

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September 20, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES APPLE PIE-SECCO IN CANS

New seasonal cider captures the essence of autumn.

Two cans of Nine Pin Apple Pie-Secco and cut up apples

ALBANY, N.Y. (September, 2021) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has released Apple Pie-Secco, as its new seasonal cider, once again highlighting the incredible variety and quality of New York agriculture.

 

Crafted from apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y., Apple Pie-Secco symbolizes life’s simple joys, autumnal aromas filling our homes, explosions of taste. It’s pure comfort.

 

“There is no better way to celebrate the fall season than with our new seasonal cider   Apple Pie-Secco,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “This cider is dry and complex and its cinnamon and vanilla spices add nostalgic comfort to the drinking experience.”

 

Apple Pie-Secco is currently available in 12 oz. cans in Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany as well through retailers throughout New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Residents in other states can purchase Apple Pie-Secco through Nine Pin’s online store.

 

For more information about Nine Pin Cider, please visit ninepincider.com.

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August 24, 2021

AWARD WINNING CHEF RIC ORLANDO RELEASES TWO NEW BBQ SAUCES MADE WITH NINE PIN CIDER

Exciting food and beverage collaboration offers specialty sauces

One green, Nine Pin Cider BBQ Sauce bottle next to another orange, Nine Pin Ginger BBQ Sauce bottle

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 23, 2021) – Chef Ric Orlando, in collaboration with Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery,  is releasing two new BBQ sauces made with Nine Pin Cider: Signature BBQ and Ginger BBQ. The sauces will be distributed through retailers across the United States.  

 

“I have been drinking and cooking with Nine Pin Cider since their launch. I love this stuff, so it makes perfect sense for us to partner up on these two deliciously addictive sauces,” said Chef Ric Orlando, creator of brand seasonings and sauces.

 

“Our family has been a fan of Chef Ric since he first appeared on the Hudson Valley food scene and we are honored to collaborate with him.  The Nine Pin BBQ sauces are the perfect condiments for everyone who seeks that sweet and tangy, or spicy mouth feel.  They pair incredibly well with Nine Pin ciders, ” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker.

 

“When I design flavors, I like to hit all of the notes in one bite. Partnering with Nine Pin Cider has given me the perfect ingredients to make my two newest BBQ sauces rock! Sweet, tangy, complex; these BBQ sauces will be indispensable in my grilling Arsenal,” said Chef Orlando.

 

The cider sauces will be available for purchase at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany as well as through its online store. Capital Region fans will have the opportunity to taste gourmet food prepared by Chef Ric Orlando using the sauces at a launch event in Albany at Nine Pin Cider on Thursday, Sept. 2.

 

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December 13, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Recipe Booklet

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, launched its first ever cider syrup in collaboration with The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain, N.Y. Check out some amazing recipes you can use it with!

Nine Pin’s cider syrup can be used on its own, as a glaze, or in cocktails, and makes a great gift for cider fans.

Here are some recipes you can try at home!

Yellow delicata squash with green leaves
Source: Sheri Silver

Nine Pin Cider Syrup-Roasted Delicata Squash with Red Onion (Source: Epicurious)

Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Roasting the squash with olive oil and cider syrup enhances their sweetness while helping them turn a rich golden brown.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 3 medium Delicata squash (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 medium red onions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch rings
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Step 1

Arrange the racks in the upper and lower rungs in the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F degrees. Place the squash, red onion, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and Nine Pin Cider syrup, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

Step 2

Spread vegetables evenly onto two large, rimmed baking sheets. Bake the squash on the upper and lower racks of the oven, tossing, rotating, and switching the pan positions half way through cooking, until tender and browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Taste and season again with more salt and pepper, if desired.

A Nine Pin Cider Syrup bottle, a can of nine pin signature, and a nine pin cider cocktail at the nine pin tasting room
Source: Nine Pin Cider
Valley Meets Mountain Cocktail

Active time: 3 minutes

This delicious cocktail celebrates New York State’s greatest agricultural output, the apple, using Nine Pin Signature and our Cider Syrup. Source: Nine Pin Cider

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 oz Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 1.5 ounces Harvest Spirits Core Vodka
  • 1 can Nine Pin Signature Cider
  • 1 apple slice

Step 1

Fill cocktail glass with ice

Step 2

Add in Core Vodka and Nine Pin Cider Syrup

Step 3

Top with Nine Pin Signature can. Stir vigorously.

Step 4

Add on apple slice and enjoy!

Fried tofu nuggets with dipping sauce on the side
Source: All Recipes

Tofu Nuggets with Cider-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Extra-firm tofu and breading give these nuggets the texture of real chicken, and the sauce is just a yummy bonus. Source: All Recipes

Ingredients (serves 4)

Breaded Tofu:

  • 1 (14 ounce) package extra-firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup dry fine whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • olive oil cooking spray  

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup smooth Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Step 1

Hold tofu over the sink and gently squeeze out moisture. Blot surface dry with a paper towel (do not press). Slice tofu crosswise into 6 rectangular slabs. Slice slabs in half to create 12 squares, then cut squares in half diagonally to create 24 triangles.

Step 2

Pour soy sauce on a plate. Mix breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powders, and thyme on a second plate. Set out a third plate. Dip each tofu piece in soy sauce, turning to coat; dredge in bread-crumb mixture, sprinkling tops with mixture and turning to coat. Set coated tofu on third plate.

Step 3

Spray a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat. Working in batches of about 8 pieces, cook tofu, flipping with a thin spatula and spraying skillet between batches, until crisp and browned on most sides, about 5 minutes per batch.

Step 4

For the dipping sauce, stir mustard, Nine Pin Cider Syrup, and oil together with a fork in a small bowl until smooth. If too thick, stir in warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until pourable

A brown, cider syrup pie
Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Pie

Preparation: 25 MIN Cooking: 45 MIN Waiting: 2 H Chilling: 30 MIN  

Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Ingredients (serves 8)

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups (190 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) ice water

Filling

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) Nine Pin Cider Syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) 35% heavy cream
  • 1 egg

Preparation

Crust

In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and pulse a few seconds at a time until pea-sized pieces form. Add the water and pulse again until the dough just begins to form. Add more water, if needed. Remove the dough from the food processor and shape into a disc.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch (3 mm). Line a 9-inch (23 cm) glass pie plate and remove excess dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Filling

With the rack in the lowest position, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

In a bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour. Add the Nine Pin Cider Syrup and whisk until the mixture is smooth and the cornstarch has dissolved completely. Add the cream and egg. Whisk until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the filling has set. Let cool at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

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December 10, 2021

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cider-Obsessed

Looking for the perfect present for the cider enthusiast in your life? A six-pack of their favorite cans or a few bottles of specialty cider is definitely a great gift. But if you want to put something truly unique under the tree this year, we’ve got you covered. Take their love for cider to a whole new level with these clever gift ideas featuring craft cider makers.

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November 21, 2021

Use Nine Pin Cider to make a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey!

Nancy Fuller has an amazing Rolled Turkey Breast with Nutty Fruit Stuffing using Nine Pin Signature Cider.

Nancy Fuller holding a growler of Nine Pin Cider

Check out the recipe here!

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September 14, 2021

7 Fall Dessert-Inspired Ciders to Sip All Autumn Long

Pumpkin ciders certainly have a place at the table, but there are so many other flavors to enjoy when the season changes to fall. From apple pie to cider donuts, there’s a plethora of treats to embrace as the weather starts to cool. Whether you’re headed out on a hike to scope out autumn colors or you’re cozying up by the fire, these sips won’t steer you wrong.

Cider donuts, apples, and apple pie. Text reads dessert inspired

Read on for seven fall dessert-inspired ciders to enjoy all season long.


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August 13, 2021

Peachy Keen: 7 Peach Ciders to Try

It’s peach season! Queen of all stone fruits, these fuzzy, juicy beauts herald the height of summer in all its sticky, sweaty glory. Scoop them up at the farmers market, while you still can, and eat them with gusto! And, when the sun sets, crack open a peach craft cider — it’s their season, too! There are tons out there to choose from, and these are a few that we’re keen on:

Colorful Nine Pin Peach Tea can with peach slices and tea in the background.

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June 17, 2021

Cider Culture’s 2021 Rosé Cider Guide

If you want to get a better handle on all the various rosé ciders, take a dive into Cider Guide's article for a bit of info on this style, which at this point we can safely say is most certainly here to stay.

Blue, white and pink Nine Pin Cidre Rosé can on top of red and blue grapes

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June 1, 2021

Six Ciders that Celebrate LGBTQIA Pride

June is National Pride Month! No matter how you identify or who you love, it’s a great time to celebrate the infinite ways there are for people to express themselves and connect with others. Celebrate with local hard cider!

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Full Story by Emily Kovach of Cider Culture

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May 12, 2021

Get a shot at a clinic, get a drink at a bar

Nine Pin Cider joins other local businesses in offering incentives for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Read the full story by Steve Barnes, head writer of Table Hopping in Times Union.

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May 7, 2021

CIDER WEEK NEW YORK

2021 EVENTS CALENDAR IS FILLING UP CELEBRATING MORE CIDERIES IN NY THAN ANY OTHER STATE MAY 15 -31, 2021

Blue and Yellow text that reads New York Cider Association. The I in cider is a wine glass with an apple in it.

(Beacon, NY, May 7, 2021) – Cider Week New York 2021, produced by the New York Cider Association, kicks off for the spring on May 15th and runs through Memorial Day weekend, May 31st. For the first time ever, Cider Week events will be hosted across the entire state. There are a variety of events including both in-person and virtual tastings, dinner pairings, panel conversations, cider seminars, orchard tours, cider yoga sessions, and more. For more information, a listing of the 37 cidery participants, the event calendar, and where to buy cider, visit www.ciderweeknewyork.com. Virtual Cider Week programming can be viewed at New York Cider Association TV Channel on YouTube.

 

Directly tied to New York’s agricultural cash crop of apples, cider in New York has seen an unprecedented growth explosion of over 450% over the past ten years and now has a $1.6 billion economic impact to the NY state economy. With over 140 producers making over 5 million gallons of cider every year, New York continues to rank first in the country for the number of cider producers.

 

Presenting Sponsor, Marianne Brennan of Beak & Skiff/1911 Established says, "The Beak & Skiff/1911 Established families have been building and supporting the apple industry in New York State for over 100 years, so it is a natural evolution to now be a part of Cider Week as a Presenting Sponsor. As a farm and cider producer, we are proud to contribute to the growing hard cider industry and the people that make it so fun and rewarding. Along with the New York Cider Association, we look forward to educating experienced and novice cider drinkers through creative virtual and in person events.”


Following is just a sampling and highlights of Cider Week New York 2021 events:

 

AN INTIMATE EVENING AT 1911 ESTABLISHED – A TASTING AND DINING EXPERIENCE

Wednesday, May19th from 6pm to 8pm - As a presenting sponsor of New York Cider Week, 1911 Established is hosting a special night with Head Cidermaker, Yann Fay, and new Executive Chef, Carl Helgersen, to guide attendees through a 1911Cider & Spirits tasting and food pairing. Attendees will also get a firsthand account of the rich heritage behind Beak & Skiff with a talk from 5th-generation company president himself, Eddie Brennan. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-intimate-evening-with-1911-tickets-153536952157.

Beak & Skiff & 1911Tasting Room, 2708 Route 20, LaFayette NY, 13084 (Finger Lakes Region)

 

CIDER AND PAELLA BY THE POND AT TWIN STAR ORCHARDS

Sunday, May 16from 1pm to 2pm - Join for delicious Seafood Paella, made with shrimp, calamari, chicken and chorizo, perfect when paired with Brooklyn Cider House’s Raw or Little Wild cider. The usual wood-fired pizzas and burgers will be also be available along with craft cider and local beer and wine. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at https://www.twinstarorchards.com/menu.

Brooklyn Cider House, 155 N Ohioville Rd #3402,New Paltz NY, 12561 (Hudson Valley)

 

CIDER APERITIF WITH SOUTH HILL CIDER AND ISIGNY STE-MÈRE

Monday, May 17from 4pm to 6pm - Join for a cider Aperitif hour with Isigny Ste-Mère dairy cooperative from Normandy, France. Learn about the century old dairy cooperative from the French cider capital. Offerings include a special paired cider flight showcasing French style ciders with traditional cheeses from Isigny Ste-Mère. Normandy is known for the high quality of its milk and there will be pairings with their cheese, butter and cream with South Hill ciders. Free to attend. Formore information, visit https://www.southhillcider.com.

South Hill Cider,550 Sanbank Rd, Ithaca NY, 14850 (Finger Lakes)


URBAN TREE GRAFTING NIGHT AT NINE PIN CIDER

Monday, May 17from 5pm to 6pm - Live tree grafting event in front of Nine Pin’s tasting room. Learn about tree grafting from Michael Leidy, a local Cider Enthusiast and Treekeeper. During the presentation, Mr. Leidy will graft cuttings from various cider apple varieties on to the ornamental crab apple trees in front of the cidery with the goal of creating a “frankentree”. Learn about specific cider apple varieties and how they are propagated. Free to attend. For more information, visit https://www.ninepincider.com/tasting-room.

Nine Pin Cider, 929 Broadway, Albany NY, 12207 (Capital Region)

 

OUTDOOR PATIO LAUNCH AND LIMITED-EDITION TREASURY CIDER CYSER TASTING

Saturday, May 22from 11am to 5pm - Join at Treasury Cider, Fishkill Farms for the season re-opening of the outdoor patio bar with a special sneak preview of upcoming Treasury Cider’s new Cyser. Food will be available and live music on the patio, as well. Reservations

are strongly recommended and can be made at https://www.fishkillfarms.com/.

Treasury Cider, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, HopewellJunction NY, 12533 (Hudson Valley)

 

STRETCH THEN SIP AT PENNINGS FARM CIDERY

Saturday, May 22 from 11am to 11:45am - Celebrate Cider Week New York at Pennings Farm Cidery. In partnership with Jenese of Lotus Yoga and Wellness, enjoy a relaxing outdoor yoga class on the hill and some delicious cider! Purchase of a ticket includes the yoga class and one cider following the class. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit penningscidery.com.

PenningsCidery, 4 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick NY, 10990 (Hudson Valley)

 

NAKED FLOCK CIDER COCKTAIL CLASS ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Saturday, May 22at 6pm - Join Michele and Dylan for a special Cider Week edition of Naked Flock’s Facebook Live show where they will discuss some of the cider cocktails on their seasonal menu!

Cider cocktails are also available for purchase at Naked Flock’s tasting room Wednesday –Sunday 11am-5pm. For more information, visit exploretock.com/applewoodwinery. FREE.

Applewood Winery and Naked Flock Cider, 82 Four Corners Rd. Warwick NY, 10990 (Hudson Valley)


HISTORY OF APPLES AND CIDER IN SULLIVAN COUNTYWITH JOHN CONWAY

Sunday, May 23at 4pm - Join local historian and columnist John Conway for an overview of the roles that apples, cider and cider making have played in the lives, culture and agriculture of Sullivan County over time. FREE to attend. For more information, visit https://www.seminaryhill.co.

Seminary Hill Orchard &Cidery Tasting Room, 43 Wagner Lane, Callicoon NY, 12723 (Catskills)

 

AMERICAN CIDER, TASTE & TALK

Wednesday, May26 from 7pm to 8pm - Join Heritage Radio Network online, in celebrating the debut of “American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage” by Daniel Pucci and Craig Cavallo. The first of its kind, the book chronicles the history of cider making in the United States, offering essential knowledge on what to drink and where the cider market is heading. The authors will dive into history and flavor in conversation with Jimmy Carbone, host of the award- winning HRN podcast, Beer Sessions Radio. In the second half of this event, Pucci and Cavallo will be joined by Angry Orchard’s head cider maker Ryan Burke for myth-busting about this beverage and an interactive cider tasting. Every ticket includes a copy of “American Cider” from Books are Magic. For more information and to buy tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-cider-book-party-and-tasting-tickets-151734904183?aff=jimmy.

To order a cider bundle and taste along with the authors, visithttps://vinoshipper.com/shop/angry_orchard_cider_company_llc?list=

 

5 BORO PICNYC FEATURING CIDER ALLEY

Saturday, May 29from 11am to 4pm - Food Karma Projects, the producers of Pig Island NYC and Brisket King® NYC, are bringing you the ultimate Memorial Day barbecue and picnic, with cider! Join for a full day of ribs, vegetarian dishes and a cider alley featuring Original Sin Cider and many others. One ticket price provides all-inclusive food and drink tastings and VIP tickets are available for early admission. For more information and to buy tickets, visithttps://cookoutnyc.com.

Snug Harbor Heritage Farm, 1000Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY, 10301 (New York City)


BLT X WÖLFFER TASTING EVENT

Ongoing through Cider Week through May 27 - BLT Restaurant Group toasts to the start of Rosé season with the introduction of a new brand partnership with Wölffer Estate, a sustainable vineyard in the heart of the Hamptons. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom in New York City, the international hospitality group is bringing Wölffer’s iconic Rosé Stand to BLT Prime to offer New Yorkers a taste of the Hamptons. The Wölffer Rosé Stand will be open to the public with three of the New York brand’s most beloved rosé products, including Wolffer’s Dry Rosé Cider. To make a reservation, visit https://www.opentable.com/r/blt-prime-new-york-2

BLT Prime, 1032 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021(New York City)

 

For even more events and new events posted daily, visit www.ciderweeknewyork.com. Virtual Cider Week programming can be viewed at New York Cider Association TV Channel on YouTube.

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May 6, 2021

Nine Pin Cider planting roots in the Capital Region

Eclectic group plants apple trees at the Shaker Heritage site

A woman crouching down and planting an apple tree

Story by Jim Franco at Spotlight News

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December 22, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER PRESENTS: PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODE 8: UPSTATE COOKIE SHACK

In this episode, we head to our friends Rob and Alicia at Upstate Cookie Shack in North Greenbush, NY!

Welcome to the eighth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

We have had the pleasure of working with Rob and Alicia from Upstate Cookie Shack since they busted onto the Upstate New York scene the past few years.

They have featured their delicious cookies at numerous cider pairings in the tasting room, but we have never tried baking their incredible cookies with Nine Pin...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Stay tuned for a recipe so you can make this delicious creation at home.

Tune in for final PUT CIDER IN IT episode of season 1 with Tipsy Moose Tavern on Wednesday, January !

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December 8, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER PRESENTS: PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODE 7: CHEF RIC ORLANDO

In this episode, we head to Chef Ric Orlando's home kitchen in Woodstock, NY!

Welcome to the seventh episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

This past summer, we teamed up with Chef Ric Orlando to create our Signature Cider BBQ Sauce and our Ginger Cider BBQ Sauce.

We have been dying to create some dishes with Chef Ric with these new sauces...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It as well!

Here are the recipes:

Signature BBQ Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and waffles to me always needs something to pull the dish together.

In this dish the creamy goat cheese and tangy Signature BBQ sauce take a basic dish to the sublime level!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

- 4 belgian waffles, toasted

- 1 cup milk

- ½ cup Nine Pin Signature Cider

- 8-10 chicken tenders or breast strips

- 1 cup flour, or rice flour for gluten free version

- 2 tbls Ric Orlando’s BEST Q-RUB BBQ seasoning *

- 2 tsp salt

- Safflower or other vegetable oil for frying

- ½ cup goat cheese

- Ric Orlando’s Signature BBQ sauce as desired

Directions:

- Cut the chicken into strips.

- Mix the flour, salt and QRUB seasoning in a separate bowl

- Put the strips in a bow with the milk, QRub Seasoning and cider and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to two hours.

- In a heavy skillet heat enough oil to come up about ½ inch in the pan until just shimmering, to about 340 degrees.

- Dredge each chicken piece in the flour mix and carefully lay into the hot oil.

- Cook until golden brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes.

- Drain on paper towels and keep warm.

- Put two waffles on each plate.

- Top with crumble goat cheese.

- Lay the hot chicken pieces over the waffles.

- Drizzle on the Signature BBQ Sauce. Don't be shy!

Recipe by Ric Orlando

Ginger Cider BBQ Clams:

This is an amazing pear round dish, and with a hunk of bread and a crisp salad, it makes an easy and delish one pot dinner.

Look for smallish Littleneck clams for this.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

- 16-24 littleneck clams, scrubbed under cold water

- 3 tbsp olive oil

- 4 oz Andouille or other spicy sausage, sliced into rings

- 1 medium sweet or red onion, diced

- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced medium, to yield about 1 ½ cups

- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, about one sprig

- 8 oz Nine Pin ginger cider

-  3-4 oz Ric Orlando's Ginger BBQ Sauce

Directions:

- In a heavy pan or pot with a snug fitting lid heat the oil over medium high heat.

- Add the sausage and onions and cook until shiny.

- Add the diced sweet potatoes and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally until almost tender

- Turn the heat to high. Add the thyme and the cider and cover.

- Let The clams steam about 4-5 minutes or until they have all pepped open.

- Swirl in the Ginger BBQ sauce and serve in bowls.

Recipe by Ric Orlando

Try other amazing Nine Pin BBQ dishes this Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. at our Nine Pin Cider Sauce Pop Up with Ric Orlando - December!

Tune in for our next PUT CIDER IN IT with Upstate Cookie Shack on Wednesday, December 22!

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November 24, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Presents: Put Cider In It Episode 6: fin - your fishmonger

In this episode, we head to fin - your fishmonger in Guilderland, New York!

Welcome to the sixth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

For years, we have worked with our close friends, fin - your fishmonger, having them over for seafood pop ups at the cidery. Josh decided to stop over to their storefront in Guilderland for a change and see if the fin team had anything special cooking. Isabel was preparing some AMAZING fish and chips...

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Want to make these Nine Pin Cider-Battered Cod home?

Ingredients

- (4) 6oz fresh Icelandic cod fillets

- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- ¾ cup rice flour plus extra for dusting

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1½ Cans Nine Pin hard cider

-  1 teaspoon white sugar

- Salt to taste

- Lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnish

- Enough canola oil to fry each fillet

Directions

✓ In a large bowl, mix both flours, baking powder and sugar.

✓ Add cider and salt and mix until batter binds together and is smooth. Don’t over mix!

✓ Dust with extra flour until completely covered.

✓ Heat a sauté pan of oil to 350F (oil should be high enough in the pan to fry one side at a time.) Use a thermometer to check for temp OR dip the end of a wooden spoon into the oil – if it bubbles, it’s ready!

✓ Dunk fish into batter and place carefully into hot oil…SLOWLY!

✓ Cook on each side for 4 – 5 minutes. You may have to cook fillet one at a time.

✓ Once completely golden brown and delicious, remove from sauté pan and place on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

✓ Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.

✓ Enjoy!

Tune in for our next PUT CIDER IN IT with Ric Orlando on Wednesday, November 24!

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November 10, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Presents: Put Cider In It Episode 5: Lidia's Empanadas

In this episode, we visit Lidia's Empanadas in North Greenbush, NY!

Welcome to the fifth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

Recently, we added some delicious homemade Lidia's Empanadas onto the menu in our tasting room. Josh wanted to head over to Lidia's kitchen and see where the magic happens! To Josh's surprise, Lidia was not cooking her famous empanadas today...she was baking flan!

Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Want to make this Apple Pie-Secco Flan at home? Here are the ingredients and directions:

This recipe created a dozen small flans


Ingredients for custard

6 large eggs

1 can condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla


Ingredients for New York Apple mix

2 chopped New York apples

1 can of Nine Pin Apple Pie-Secco Cider

2 tablespoons of apple spice mix


Ingredients for Caramel

3 cups of white granulated sugar

1 sliced New York apple

Directions for baking

- Preheat oven to 350°F

- In a blender mix all the custard ingredients and set aside

- On medium heat place 3 cups of sugar in a non stick pan. Let the sugar sit without moving it under medium heat. Once you see some of the sugar liquify and turn brown keep mixing until all the sugar has dissolved and turn brown. At this point the Carmel sauce will be very very hot.

- The next step you will have to do fairly quickly or else the Carmel will harden

- Pour hot Carmel into the small ramekins and swirl it around so to coats the ramekin. Then place apple slices in the bottom before Carmel hardens, then set them aside.

- On medium high heat placed chopped apples, apple spice mix and a can of Nine Pin Cider in a sauce pan and cook until mixture has thickened.

- Set aside and cool.

- Once cooled mix apple/cider mixture with custard mixture together and place the mixture into ramekin.

- Cover each ramekin with aluminum foil separately.

- Cook in the water bath, also called bain-marie, for about 60-70 minutes. Check one ramekin after 60 minutes by looking under the foil. It should jiggle when moving like jelly or pudding. Don't overbake. Check back every few minutes if not done after 60 minutes.

- Then remove from the water bath and let cool to room temperature. Afterward, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

- After chilling and before serving, run a knife around the sides where the flan is connected to the ramekins. Then place a plate on top and flip over the plate. Then slightly shake the ramekin that the flan is falling on the plate. Watch the video above to see how I did it.

- The sugar syrup will run over the flan.


Try this AMAZING flan and all of Lidia's famous empanadas at our Pins and Empanadas Pop up on Saturday, November 20.

You can also try Lidia's Empanadas seven days a week now in the Nine Pin Tasting Room!

Tune in for our next PUT CIDER IN IT with fin - your fishmonger on Wednesday, November 24!


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October 27, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER PRESENTS: PUT CIDER IN IT EPISODE 4: STACKS ESPRESSO BAR

In this episode, we travel to Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany, NY!

Welcome to PUT CIDER IN IT Episode 4 - Halloween Edition!

In this spooky fourth episode, Josh travels to our friends in Albany: Stacks Espresso Bar.

Josh popped over to see Sue and talk about the upcoming Stacks Seasonal Showcase: Autumn this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at 488 Broadway in Albany.

At the event, there will be special Nine Pin Cider and coffee pour-over tastings, a seasonal marketplace pop-up by Make It Upstate, and insider tricks for treats by Chef Sue Dunckle from Stacks!

Sue will be showcasing an incredible Pork Normandy this Saturday...let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!


Recipe for the Nine Pin Pork Normandy:

Place pork slices between plastic wrap. Using mallet, pound pork slices to 1/4-inch thickness. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate.)

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in another heavy large skillet over high heat. Season pork with salt , turmeric, and pepper. Add pork to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

Add shallots , apples, cranberries , walnuts and thyme and sauté 2 minutes. Add  Nine Pin and honey and simmer until reduced to glaze, scraping up any browned bits, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Arrange a few pork slices on each plate. Spoon sauce over. Top generously with sautéed apple slices and serve!

Want to try this Nine Pin Pork Normandy first hand? Come out to the Stacks Seasonal Showcase this Saturday, October 30! See the full details on https://www.ninepincider.com/tasting-room.

Next Put Cider In It episode will be released on Wednesday, November 10 with Lidia's Empanadas!

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October 13, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Presents: Put Cider In It Episode 3: Primal, Your Local Butcher

In this episode, we travel to Primal, Your Local Butcher in Albany, NY!

Welcome to PUT CIDER IN IT Episode 3!

In this third episode, Josh travels to our friends in Stuyvesant Plaza: PRIMAL: Your Local Butcher.

Josh met up with Andy to see if he was working on anything special to do with all of his local meats.

Andy was crafting an amazing brine for his locally sourced pork tenderloin...let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Nine Pin Brine:

- 3 cups Nine Pin Cider

- 2 cups Water

- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

- 1/4 cup Salt

- 1/4 cup Worcestershire

- 1 TBL Garlic Powder

- 1 TBL Onion Powder


Recipe for 2 pork tenderloins:

- Let Pork Tenderloins sit, fully immersed in the brine for at least 24 hours. Smoke at 250F, until internal temp of 145F is achieved (approximately 2 hours) or cook in oven at 350F to reach temp. (Approximately 35 min)

- Cooking times are an approximate guideline only. Always keep a watchful eye on the internal temp, as ovens and smokers can vary greatly.

Want to try local meats cooked from Primal with this Nine Pin Cider brine first hand? Come to our upcoming pop up with Primal on Wednesday, October 20! See the full details and menu on https://www.ninepincider.com/tasting-room.


Next Put Cider In It episode will be released on Wednesday, October 27 with Stacks Espresso Bar!

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September 29, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Presents: Put Cider In It Episode 2: Jacob-Alejandro

In this episode, we travel to Jacob-Alejandro in Troy, NY!

Welcome to PUT CIDER IN IT Episode 2!

In this second episode, we travel to Troy, NY to hang out with our old tasting room cider slinger, Jake, and his husband, Alejandro, at their new coffee shop, Jacob-Alejandro.  

Jake and Alejandro were working on a delicious cheesecake...let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Stay until the end to see some good Great British Baking Show humor!!!

Here is the recipe for you to try at home:

Nine Pin Strawberry Cheesecake Glaze with Fresh Strawberry & Basil


For 1, 6” cheesecake


Ingredients:

For the Strawberries & Basil:


1/2 lb Fresh Strawberries, sliced

5 leaves Fresh Basil, chopped

2 tbsp White Sugar

2 tbsp Nine Pin Strawberry Cider


For the Strawberry Glaze:

1 each 6” Prepared Cheesecake

1 lb Fresh Strawberries

1 cup White Sugar

8 oz  Nine Pin Strawberry Cider

1/2 pkg Gelatin powder


Whipped Cream


Method

1) Prepare the strawberries & basil ahead to let the flavors blend.  Combine sliced strawberries with chopped basil, sugar and Nine Pin Strawberry Cider. Toss with a fork and let rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.


2) Meanwhile, prepare the glaze:  Quarter 1/2 of the strawberries and combine with sugar and cider and bring to a boil


2) Bloom the gelatin in cold water.


3) Once the strawberry mix is at a boil, remove from heat and stir in bloomed gelatin.  Let cool until warm.


4) Blend cooked strawberries in a blender, should be pretty runny and let cool to almost room temp.


4) Slice the remaining 1/2 of strawberries and fan over top of cheesecake.  Pour glaze over strawberries and over the side of the cheesecake.


5) Topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberry and basil mix.

Next Put Cider In It comes out Wednesday, October 13 with Primal!

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September 15, 2021

Put Cider In It Episode 1: Lost and Found!

Welcome to PUT CIDER IN IT!

Over the past 8 years, Nine Pin has produced high quality craft ciders using 100% New York apples and fruit. We have experimented with all the different fruits, hops, teas, etc. that can be put in our New York hard ciders. But one question remained... What can we put our cider in?!

Through this video series, we will talk with some of the Capital Regions most talented chefs, bartenders, bakers, and beyond to see all the amazing ways Nine Pin's Cider can be used in their creations.

In this first episode, we went out to our neighbor across the street, Lost and Found, to speak with Jesse and learn about his amazing Blackberry Margarita Slushy he has been working on. Let's see what happens when we Put Cider In It!

Want to make this delicious Nine Pin Blackberry Margarita at home? Here is how you can PUT CIDER IN IT:

"Nine Pin BlackBerry Ciderita"


- 1 oz Tequila
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 4-6 fresh blackberry’s
- Nine Pin Signature Cider

Muddle blackberry’s and simple syrup together. Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice and shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass and top with Nine Pin Signature Cider.

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