May 13, 2022

10 Blissful Ciders to Fill Your Cup this Spring

By: Molly Allen - Cider Craft Magazine

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As the days continue to get longer, and the sun is shining a bit more, spring is definitely here. It’s such a special time of year as new life begins to grow, and plenty of different fruits begin to shine. And those fruits are being showcased in ciders across the United States.

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May 11, 2022

New York Cider Producers and Growers Need Your Help NOW!

Tell your local legislators to support fair competition and allow Direct-To-Consumer shipping!

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Are you a New York State resident who found a silver lining during the pandemic in the form of home delivery of all your favorite New York state craft alcoholic beverages, or someone who would like to order those products now?

Cideries in California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington (the very states focused on competing directly with the New York Cider market!), can ship directly to New York consumers. Currently, however, New York’s very own cider makers and growers are not able to compete equally and enjoy the same opportunity. Unlike New York wine, New York cider cannot be shipped directly to consumers. This creates a huge loss in revenue, tax dollars, and fair-market competition for our growers and producers who are working diligently to keep New York State as a leader in the rapidly growing cider industry.

All of New York’s craft beverage producers were temporarily authorized to deliver and ship their products to consumers during the pandemic – something the wine industry has done safely since the 1980s. That temporary privilege is no longer available, and the industry NEEDS YOUR HELP to enact legislation that will permanently allow us to ship direct to our customers.

Legislators have told us specifically they NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU, their constituents. Please send a customized, personal email to your state legislators to support direct to consumer shipping. It will only take two minutes and you will be helping to provide parity and fairness for small businesses supporting one of New York’s most important agricultural cash crops.

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April 25, 2022

Several efforts to clean up this weekend for Earth Week

Communities across the Capital Region have seen cleanup efforts over the past several days in honor of Earth Week, with Earth Day coming and going this past Friday.

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Communities across the Capital Region have seen cleanup efforts over the past several days in honor of Earth Week, with Earth Day coming and going this past Friday. In Albany, dozens of volunteers hit the streets Sunday morning to pick up in the Warehouse District.

“There’s always this sense of pride when you come in tomorrow, Monday, and there’s just a noticeable difference,” said Joshua Whelan, the director of sales and marketing for Nine Pin Cider, who hosted Sunday’s event.

The ciderworks’ annual effort included many volunteers, including some from other local businesses in the city. Supplies, including shovels and garbage bags, were given by the city’s Department of Public Service. Whelan says the event has continued to grow over the years.

“The first year we did it, we must’ve had maybe 20, but now it’s grown to maybe about a hundred. It’s great, it’s great to see the Albany community come out, and help clean up our city. The health of our environment in our local community is incredibly important to us,” he said.

Volunteers covered a roughly four-block radius around Nine Pin, filling up garbage bags with everything from plastic bottles, cigarette butts, styrofoam, and cans.

Their efforts Sunday morning were far from the only ones this weekend. On Saturday, volunteers were out in Watervliet to clean up several areas of the city, including preparing parks for the warmer months ahead.

“You can see the progress and how nice everything looks, between the parks, going up and down Broadway now and things of that nature. It just makes everyone feel good,” said Watervliet Mayor Charles Patricelli.

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April 14, 2022

Celebrate Earth Day with Clean Ups and Special Events in the Capital Region

For over 50 years, Earth Day has served as an opportunity to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22, but organizations throughout the Capital Region are hosting celebrations, clean ups, and special events all month long.

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Nine Pin Cider's annual Warehouse District Clean Up returns on Sunday, April 24. The day kicks off in front of the tasting room at 10:00 AM. Pick up gear, provided by the City of Albany Department of General Services, and break into teams to clean up North Albany's Warehouse District. At 1:00 PM, volunteers are invited back to Nine Pin's tasting room for complimentary cider until 3:00 PM.

Nine Pin Cider is offering complimentary cider vouchers for neighborhood associations and groups who participate in any cleanup activities this April in the Capital Region. Clean up organizers should e-mail cara@ninepincider.com this month if they would like to participate. 20 voucher limit per group.

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March 24, 2022

NINE PIN CIDER IS A FINALIST FOR THE FEDEX SMALL BUSINESS GRANT

Upstate N.Y. cidery among top 100 out of 18,000 businesses nationwide

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ALBANY, N.Y. (March 24, 2022) — Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has been selected as a finalist for the FedEx Small Business Grant contest.

Nine Pin is in the top 100 out of 18,000 small business applicants. The cidery asks individuals to vote for their establishment to win the grant from FedEx. Voters are encouraged to let their choice be known, with voting ending on March 31, 2022. Voters will have the opportunity to vote more than once. Voters are allowed to vote once every 24 hours, which increases the chances for Nine Pin to win the grant.

“It’s an honor for Nine Pin to be chosen as a finalist for the FedEx small business grant. I encourage patrons and locals to vote for us. This is an amazing opportunity to further Nine Pin while also shining light on the importance of small businesses,” said Josh Whelan, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nine Pin Cider.

The three grand prize winners of the FedEx Small Business Grant will receive $50,000 and $4,000 credit worth of FedEx Office print services. The grand prize winners will also earn a one-year Klaviyo subscription, a website audit by HigherVisibility, sustainable packaging consultation with EcoEnclose, and more. Seven first-place winners will receive a prize of $20,000, $1,500 of credit worth of FedEx Office print services, a three-month Klaviyo subscription, a website audit by HigherVisibility, sustainable packaging consultation with EcoEnclose, and more.

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March 23, 2022

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES CIDER SANGRÍA IN CANS

Nine Pin’s New Spring Seasonal Is The Perfect Marriage Of Two of New York’s Greatest Fruits

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, released its new spring seasonal cider, Cider Sangría. Nine Pin’s innovative new style highlights two of New York State’s largest and most important fruits: apples and grapes.

Nine Pin crafts its Cider Sangría using 100% New York apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY and co-ferments it with the NY grape varietals: Traminette, Chancellor, and Concord, all sourced from Walker’s Vineyard in Forestville, NY. The resulting cider is then infused with a touch of orange citrus. Cider Sangría is perfect for relaxing in the evening and to enjoy with some classical acoustic guitar.

“The apple is first and foremost New York's best and most important fruit. However, the grape is incredibly vital to our agricultural output,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “Our Cider Sangria celebrates the two harvests perfectly, and its bright, citrus flavor comes right in time for warmer weather!”

“Many do not realize this, but New York State is the country's third largest wine producer,” said Jim Walker, owner of Walker’s Wine Juice, LLC. “We are excited to be providing Nine Pin Cider with premier New York grape juice to make their new Cider Sangría.”

Cider Sangría 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 Cider Sangría through Nine Pin’s online store.

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March 23, 2022

Nine Pin’s year-long cider tasting challenge returns

Nine Pin Cider’s year-long 26er program is returning on March 24. The program, which started in 2016, was cut short in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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Nine Pin Cider’s year-long 26er program is returning on March 24. The program, which started in 2016, was cut short in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Every two weeks, participants get a brand new cider style to try. Each participant needs to try all 26 ciders to complete the challenge. Nine Pin works with Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook to develop the 26 new ciders that will only be available at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany.

“After working hard in 2021 to develop these unique 26er ciders, I am confident they are some of the best and I 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 this unique experimental cider challenge that supports New York agriculture and our beloved treasure that is the Adirondack Park.”

Those who earn 26er status get various benefits in Nine Pin’s tasting room including perpetual happy hour pricing. Participants who earned 26er status in 2016 and 2018 are eligible to complete the challenge again to reach Silver or Gold status.

In 2016, more than 325 people earned 26er status and 669 people earned 26er status in 2018. A portion of this year’s 26er cider sales will be donated to support the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)’s Summit Stewardship Program.

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March 11, 2022

Sweeten Up Spring with Maple Eats & Drinks in Albany County

Spring is extra sweet in Albany County with the arrival of maple season! From doughnuts, to craft beverages, to ice cream, Albany County small businesses, craft beverage producers and local eateries are serving up a variety of maple eats and drinks. Scroll on to get the details on where to get your maple fix this March in Albany County.

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Nine Pin Cider's Adirondack Maple Cider

This winter Nine Pin Cider, New York's first farm cidery, released a new small batch cider called Adirondack Maple. This winter seasonal cider is crafted with apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook and Adirondack maple syrup from The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain. The cider is finished with a pinch of mulling spice! Enjoy on tap in the tasting room or pick up a 4-pack to sip on at home. The Warehouse District cidery even collaborated with Collar City Candle to create an Adirondack Maple candle!

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March 8, 2022

Enjoy a cold Nine Pin at the movies!

Bow Tie the first to unveil new state alcohol rules for local movie theaters

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Sam Aaron of Nine Pin Cider speaks about how new state guidelines regarding movie theaters will benefit local craft beverage producers during a press conference on Thursday in Schenectady

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. — Two local Bow Tie Cinemas movie theaters – Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs and Movieland 6 in Schenectady – recently became the first in New York to serve beer, wine and cider under new guidelines set by the State Liquor Authority.

The guidance, the result of a declaratory ruling made by the SLA earlier this year, allows for movie theaters to serve beer, wine and cider to theatergoers without having to have a table at every seat. Previously, theaters were restricted to consumption inside a café area adjoining the lobby. Or, if the theater had a full restaurant kitchen, theater staff were only permitted to bring beverages to a patron at their seat with a fixed table.

“We are the first movie theater in New York state that has a license that will allow patrons to take their beer, wine and cider into the auditoriums,” Joe Masher, chief operating officer of Bow Tie Cinemas, explained at a press conference on Thursday in Schenectady.

While both area Bow Tie locations have offered alcohol since they opened, “People can now take their beverages and enjoy it and sip it during the show, instead of worrying about consuming it in the lobby quickly before the movie,” he said.

Beyond enhancing the visitor experience, “The importance of this is significant,” Masher continued, expressing his opinion that the previous legislation didn’t seem fair for theaters like Bow Tie Cinemas, which do not operate full restaurants.

The new policy went into effect on Thursday at the two local Bow Tie locations – just in time for a big movie weekend with the release of The Batman.

The change also comes after a difficult few years for movie theaters nationwide as they’ve dealt with pandemic-related challenges.

Bow Tie Cinemas, a four-generation family-owned cinema company headquartered in Connecticut, owns and operates luxury cinemas in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado.

“This amenity brings in necessary revenue,” Masher said, noting that it will help the company keep ticket and popcorn prices low.

At the event, Masher thanked the SLA and Governor Katy Hochul for having the foresight to finally, after a 10-year battle, get legislation passed that allows Bow Tie Cinemas to accomplish this goal.

The new SLA regulation is anticipated to benefit another industry too. Through this new regulation, movie theaters – which have been longtime anchors for many upstate downtowns or commercial corridors – will be able to directly support local craft beverage producers within their communities. Bow Tie Cinemas works with local craft beverage producers such as Druthers Brewing and Nine Pin Cider.

Sam Aaron, a representative for Nine Pin Cider, sees the new guidance as a way to help the Albany-based cidery bounce back from the pandemic. “Being from the state of New York is a central part of our brand and this partnership with Bow Tie is so exciting,” he said at the press conference. “This new ruling is going to be a really exciting opportunity for us.”

Bow Tie Cinemas has an excellent track record of responsibly serving alcoholic beverages, Masher said. Regarding the prevention of underage drinking, he shared that the theaters will sell one drink per customer with identification, by a bartender that has participated in the proper safety training program. Furthermore, most drinks are served in clear cups, and ushers are trained to walk through the auditoriums on a routine basis and check to make sure that alcohol is being consumed by the person that purchased it.

Local business leaders are happy to see the new guidelines go into effect at the popular Criterion Cinemas, located at the corner of Church Street and Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs.

“This is such a badly needed policy change and one that was long overdue,” said Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce president Todd Shimkus. “We hope will this help our local movie theater to succeed here for a long time. This community waited decades for a movie theater to return downtown and then the pandemic hit them hard. I believe this will entice more people to go out to the movies and create another revenue stream for the theaters themselves.”

Darryl Leggieri, president of Discover Saratoga, agrees. “I think it’s good news for an industry that has been hit especially hard during the pandemic,” he said. “This is one more revenue stream to offset their shortfalls, and they can now offer one more amenity which is similar to other live entertainment destinations. This law change could also be another opportunity for our local craft beverage industry.”

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February 18, 2022

Give the Gift of Nine Pin Cider!

Introducing our new Custom Corporate Bottles!

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Do you send your employees and/or clients holidays gifts? Send them something truly unique with Nine Pin’s custom designed cider bottles. These 375 mL bottles filled with Signature cider make the perfect gift with each label printed in high quality matte with beautiful foiled details. We work with you to personalize and fully customize your bottles. The process is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Select your Main Graphic – Choose a holiday or event. This is your primary, front facing graphic.

Step 2: Select your Supporting Graphic – Choose one of our provided patterns or any text / logo graphics you supply.

Step 3: Select your Background & Foil Color – We can even match your Corporate Branded Colors.

(Optional) Add your company’s logo!

Let Nine Pin Cider enhance your next event! Contact Cara Sherwood to order by emailing Cara@ninepincider.com or call/text 518-281-5745.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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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August 6, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES A NEW FLAVOR IN ITS LIGHT CIDER SERIES: HONEYCRISP LEMON

Available for a limited time

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ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 6, 2021) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has released the latest in its line of Light Ciders: Honeycrisp Lemon.

Honeycrisp Lemon light cider, the fifth in Nine Pin’s popular light cider series, is crafted with 100 percent New York Honeycrisp apples sourced from Samascott Orchards.

“Nine Pin Honeycrisp Lemon is perfect for drinkers who seek a low calorie, low alcohol, farm-to-table option and who, like us, believe in supporting local orchards and farms,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker.

Honeycrisp Lemon light cider, blended with a touch of lemon juice, comes in at 4.8 percent ABV and is under 100 calories.

12 oz. four-packs are available for purchase at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany.

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July 8, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER ANNOUNCES TAPPING OF APPLE INFUSED NYS LABELLED BEER COLLABORATION WITH TWO DIFFERENT NEW YORK STATE BREWERIES

Nine Pin’s collaborative beverages with Rip Van Winkle Brewing and Community Beer Works will be available on tap this month at the cidery.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (July 6, 2021) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, has announced the tapping of Pin Pals from Community Beer Works of Buffalo, New York and 20 Year Slumber from Rip Van Winkle Brewing of Catskill, New York. Both cider beers will be available on tap this month at the cidery.  

 

Pin Pals from Community Beer Works will be available on tap starting July 12. This apple witbier is brewed with New York State wheat and blended with New York State apples. The apples were pressed by the teams from Community Beer Works and Nine Pin Cider. The addition of the juicy apples supports a crisp, Belgian-style witbier.

 

20 Year Slumber from Rip Van Winkle Brewing will be available on tap starting July 24. This beer offers a balanced blend of a New York-ingredient blond ale and a refreshing dry cider. The process starts with a base of Hudson Valley pilsner malt and flaked wheat and lemony Tahoma hops from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery. During re-fermentation, the apple juice normally reserved for Nine Pin’s Signature Cider is pumped in. The blend is fermented using Norwegian Kveik yeast, which contributes its own fruit flavor.

 

“We drink a lot of Nine Pin Cider at Rip Van Winkle, so it was a no-brainer to invite Alejandro and Josh down to brew a cider-beer hybrid with us!”, said Justin Sturges, head brewer. “We had a blast talking shop. I learned a ton about how Nine Pin makes cider and by the end of the day Alejandro was transformed into a Big Beer Guy!”

 

“We’re excited to release this special collaboration with our Pin Pals from Nine Pin Cider Works!”, said Mike West, social media manager.

 

“Working with these innovative breweries and creating such unique New York hybrid cider beers has been a great pleasure,  said Alejandro de Peral, co-founder and cider maker. “Collaborations like these keep pushing the limits on the flavor of what our New York State apples can deliver.”

 

Pin Pals has an ABV of 5.8 percent and 20 Year Slumber has an ABV of 6.5 percent.

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June 14, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THEIR SEASONAL PEACH TEA CANS

The seasonal Peach Tea Cider is back for the summer

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ALBANY, N.Y. (June 10, 2021) – Announcing the seasonal release of Peach Tea cider in 12 oz. cans, its collaboration with Guilderland, N.Y.-based Short and Stout Tea Co.

Peach Tea is Nine Pin’s take on a classic summer drink. This cider, crafted from a farmhouse blend of New York apples from Kinderhook, N.Y.-based Samascott Orchards, is cold-infused with a custom peach tea blend from Short and Stout. The infusion of these ingredients creates a bright, refreshingly tart, and delicious peach cider. Peach Tea pairs well with sunsets and warm summer nights.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Short and Stout once again to bring our fans this summer treat,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-owner and cidermaker. “We’re sure our Peach Tea cider will make a great addition to all your summer occasions”.

“At the Tea Lounge, we push the boundaries of the ways to enjoy tea. We are happy to work with Nine Pin to allow people another avenue to enjoy this versatile ingredient,” said Matt Zacharewicz, co-owner, Short and Stout Tea Co.

Peach Tea cans are available in 12 oz. four-packs at the Nine Pin tasting room and online and has an ABV of 6.3 percent.

They will be available in retailers across New York State starting June 14.

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June 7, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES PRIDE CANS TO CELEBRATE LGBTQ PRIDE MONTH

A portion of the sales from each case of the limited edition Pride Cans will support OutHudson, a Columbia County non-profit

Rainbow colored can that reads Nine Pin

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, announces the release of its limited edition Pride Can in observance of LGBTQ Pride Month. For the third year in a row, a portion of the sales from each case sold will be donated to support the Columbia County-based LGBTQ non-profit OutHudson and Albany based In Our Voice Inc.

Nine Pin shows its full support of the LGBTQ community with the release of these limited-edition Pride Cans. The limited release features an annually updated Pride Flag design proudly wrapped around a 12 oz can. Remarkable Liquids, the leading craft beverage distributor in New York State who also carries Nine Pin Cider's products, also will add to Nine Pin's donation to these two organizations. OutHudson’s mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County. The donation 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. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual OutHudson Pride Parade is canceled.

In Our Own Voices mission is to work for and ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural and economic survival and growth of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of color communities. “OutHudson is very thankful for the generosity of Nine Pin Cider's Pride Can donation,” said Rich Volo, president, OutHudson. “The funds raised contribute to the OutHudson Scholarship program, providing Columbia County youth with funds for college, as well as additional LGBTQ programming and events throughout Columbia County. We are truly grateful for all the work Nine Pin Cider does for the LGBTQ community in Columbia County.”

“OutHudson and In Our Own Voices are tremendous organizations that have done amazing work for our LGBTQ community,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “We are proud to support their cause.”

Pride Cans will be available for sale at Nine Pin’s tasting room located at 929 Broadway in Albany and online at ninepincider.com starting Thursday, June 3. The cider will be available in 12 oz. four-packs and has an ABV of 6.7 percent.

For more information about Nine Pin Cider or to place orders, please visit our online store on ninepincider.com.

Purchase Pride Cans

May 13, 2022

10 Blissful Ciders to Fill Your Cup this Spring

By: Molly Allen - Cider Craft Magazine

Group of friends laughing and eating dinner outside.

As the days continue to get longer, and the sun is shining a bit more, spring is definitely here. It’s such a special time of year as new life begins to grow, and plenty of different fruits begin to shine. And those fruits are being showcased in ciders across the United States.

Read the full story!

May 11, 2022

New York Cider Producers and Growers Need Your Help NOW!

Tell your local legislators to support fair competition and allow Direct-To-Consumer shipping!

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Are you a New York State resident who found a silver lining during the pandemic in the form of home delivery of all your favorite New York state craft alcoholic beverages, or someone who would like to order those products now?

Cideries in California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington (the very states focused on competing directly with the New York Cider market!), can ship directly to New York consumers. Currently, however, New York’s very own cider makers and growers are not able to compete equally and enjoy the same opportunity. Unlike New York wine, New York cider cannot be shipped directly to consumers. This creates a huge loss in revenue, tax dollars, and fair-market competition for our growers and producers who are working diligently to keep New York State as a leader in the rapidly growing cider industry.

All of New York’s craft beverage producers were temporarily authorized to deliver and ship their products to consumers during the pandemic – something the wine industry has done safely since the 1980s. That temporary privilege is no longer available, and the industry NEEDS YOUR HELP to enact legislation that will permanently allow us to ship direct to our customers.

Legislators have told us specifically they NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU, their constituents. Please send a customized, personal email to your state legislators to support direct to consumer shipping. It will only take two minutes and you will be helping to provide parity and fairness for small businesses supporting one of New York’s most important agricultural cash crops.

Send your email now!

April 14, 2022

Celebrate Earth Day with Clean Ups and Special Events in the Capital Region

For over 50 years, Earth Day has served as an opportunity to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22, but organizations throughout the Capital Region are hosting celebrations, clean ups, and special events all month long.

picture of outside Nine Pin Cider during their annual Earth Day clean up

Nine Pin Cider's annual Warehouse District Clean Up returns on Sunday, April 24. The day kicks off in front of the tasting room at 10:00 AM. Pick up gear, provided by the City of Albany Department of General Services, and break into teams to clean up North Albany's Warehouse District. At 1:00 PM, volunteers are invited back to Nine Pin's tasting room for complimentary cider until 3:00 PM.

Nine Pin Cider is offering complimentary cider vouchers for neighborhood associations and groups who participate in any cleanup activities this April in the Capital Region. Clean up organizers should e-mail cara@ninepincider.com this month if they would like to participate. 20 voucher limit per group.

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March 23, 2022

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES CIDER SANGRÍA IN CANS

Nine Pin’s New Spring Seasonal Is The Perfect Marriage Of Two of New York’s Greatest Fruits

Nine Pin Cider Sangira can with grapes. leaves, and oranges behind it.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, released its new spring seasonal cider, Cider Sangría. Nine Pin’s innovative new style highlights two of New York State’s largest and most important fruits: apples and grapes.

Nine Pin crafts its Cider Sangría using 100% New York apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY and co-ferments it with the NY grape varietals: Traminette, Chancellor, and Concord, all sourced from Walker’s Vineyard in Forestville, NY. The resulting cider is then infused with a touch of orange citrus. Cider Sangría is perfect for relaxing in the evening and to enjoy with some classical acoustic guitar.

“The apple is first and foremost New York's best and most important fruit. However, the grape is incredibly vital to our agricultural output,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “Our Cider Sangria celebrates the two harvests perfectly, and its bright, citrus flavor comes right in time for warmer weather!”

“Many do not realize this, but New York State is the country's third largest wine producer,” said Jim Walker, owner of Walker’s Wine Juice, LLC. “We are excited to be providing Nine Pin Cider with premier New York grape juice to make their new Cider Sangría.”

Cider Sangría 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 Cider Sangría through Nine Pin’s online store.

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March 11, 2022

Sweeten Up Spring with Maple Eats & Drinks in Albany County

Spring is extra sweet in Albany County with the arrival of maple season! From doughnuts, to craft beverages, to ice cream, Albany County small businesses, craft beverage producers and local eateries are serving up a variety of maple eats and drinks. Scroll on to get the details on where to get your maple fix this March in Albany County.

A picture of a buildin, a maple syrup bottle, and a pink rose mural

Nine Pin Cider's Adirondack Maple Cider

This winter Nine Pin Cider, New York's first farm cidery, released a new small batch cider called Adirondack Maple. This winter seasonal cider is crafted with apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook and Adirondack maple syrup from The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain. The cider is finished with a pinch of mulling spice! Enjoy on tap in the tasting room or pick up a 4-pack to sip on at home. The Warehouse District cidery even collaborated with Collar City Candle to create an Adirondack Maple candle!

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February 18, 2022

Give the Gift of Nine Pin Cider!

Introducing our new Custom Corporate Bottles!

Two small Nine Pin Cider bottles with purple labels.

Do you send your employees and/or clients holidays gifts? Send them something truly unique with Nine Pin’s custom designed cider bottles. These 375 mL bottles filled with Signature cider make the perfect gift with each label printed in high quality matte with beautiful foiled details. We work with you to personalize and fully customize your bottles. The process is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Select your Main Graphic – Choose a holiday or event. This is your primary, front facing graphic.

Step 2: Select your Supporting Graphic – Choose one of our provided patterns or any text / logo graphics you supply.

Step 3: Select your Background & Foil Color – We can even match your Corporate Branded Colors.

(Optional) Add your company’s logo!

Let Nine Pin Cider enhance your next event! Contact Cara Sherwood to order by emailing Cara@ninepincider.com or call/text 518-281-5745.

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February 16, 2022

Visit Nine Pin Cider on the Erie Canalway Tour

Head to the water and discover how two mighty rivers shaped a region and opened a nation. This three-day trip includes New York’s second largest waterfall and a closeup look at the engineering genius that unlocked waterway travel. Along the way, soak up the Capital Region’s culture, natural beauty, rich history, and recreation, then sample from a growing craft beverage scene.

Logo for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

ACCESSIBILITY: This itinerary includes self-guided museum tours and city explorations, along with cycling and paddling excursions. Modify recommendations based on your specific needs. See additional notes about accessibility under each daily outline. Those places assessed for physical accessibility and programmatic inclusion are linked to the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center’s (IRRC) national database. This includes more detailed information about a site’s adaptive features to help decide whether it meets your specific needs.

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February 14, 2022

Cider Loves Food: Valentine’s Day Treats & Cider

Article written by Meredith Collins on Cider Culture!

Red velvet cake with white frosting and a glass of red cider.

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and whether you’re coupled up, ready to celebrate Galentine’s Day, or you’re more in the mood for some solo self-care, it’s time for dessert and cider. Though there’s no end to the number of available sweet treats for this holiday, I’m including recipes for homemade affairs. I always find that making desserts helps build anticipation for pairing and tasting!

Read entire article on Cider Culture here!

February 7, 2022

Check Out This 12-Pack of Great Upstate New York Cideries Read More: Don't Miss These 12 Fantastic Upstate New York Cideries

On the heels of the craft beer explosion in Upstate New York, here come the cideries! Hard cider venues are the fastest growing small agri-business in the region. For those who like a sweeter experience than craft beer, we have offered up a list of a dozen great cideries to get your taste buds buzzing in the spring and summer.

Old, heirloom varieties of apples

Nine Pin Cider (Albany)

One of the largest and most successful cideries in Upstate New York. Large tasting/tap room just outside of downtown Albany. Nine Pin was New York State's first farm cidery. Popular meet-up spot for young set, and the cidery hosts events. We suggest their Cranberry-Orange cider. Made with oranges and cranberries which are harvested from an 80-acre cranberry bog in the St. Lawrence region. Nine Pin also has greet eats including delicious gourmet sourdough pizzas.

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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
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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 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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