August 29, 2022

CORE PROBLEM

Apple orchards have long been a part of the Capital Region’s economy and landscape. But growers say apples alone are no longer enough to keep their businesses alive.

Article by Shelby Rosenberg from the Albany Business Review

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July 18, 2022

NINE PIN’S CRISP, REFRESHING CRAFT CIDERS TO BE FEATURED AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE

Nine Pin Cider offers a taste of New York at Saratoga Race Course this summer

Nine Pin can stand under a tent at the Saratoga Track

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2022) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, will be featured at all Saratoga Race Course dining locations this summer, including the Taste NY Pavilion and the Nine Pin Can Stand. Nine Pin’s cider will be available for purchase each day of the Saratoga meet, Wednesdays through Sundays, in addition to Labor Day. The Taste NY Pavilion at the track, which features food and beverages produced exclusively in New York State, is open every Thursday through Sunday.

Nine Pin is among a distinguished group of other New York State beverages served at the Saratoga Race Course this summer. Attendees at the track now can support local agriculture, as Nine Pin’s cider uses a blend of apples sourced in the Capital Region from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y.

“Nine Pin Cider is thrilled to be among the world class New York State farm sector beverages served at the Saratoga Race Course this summer,” said Sonya del Peral, co-founder and general manager. “Nine Pin Cider bears the New York State Grown and Certified Seal and cider enthusiasts at the track now have the opportunity to support New York agriculture, knowing that Nine Pin’s bright, crisp, refreshing, premium craft cider is proudly made in Albany from local New York apples.”

“Nine Pin Cider really appreciates the opportunity to be featured among the New York craft ciders, beers, wines and spirits at the Saratoga Race Course this summer,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “We look forward to highlighting the quality of New York agriculture to track attendees through our various refreshing ciders made 100 percent from New York apples!”

July 14, 2022

Taste NY Pavilion at Saratoga Race Course to feature diverse selection of New York craft beverages and foods - including Nine Pin Cider!

Venue will feature New York craft brews, cider, wines, spirits and food offerings

Woman standing in from of a green horse trailer with a green Nine Pin Cider flag

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Fans at Saratoga Race Course this summer will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of New York craft beers, hard cider, wines, spirits and foods at the Taste NY Pavilion each Thursday through Sunday beginning Opening Day, Thursday, July 14.

Located inside Gate A, at the Top of the Stretch, the Taste NY Pavilion will feature samples and sales of homegrown craft beverages from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks, Saratoga to Cooperstown as a showcase of the state’s robust food and beverages industry. The Pavilion will be open from noon until 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

“New York is home to so many fantastic food and beverage producers who take great pride in crafting unique, local offerings while supporting New York agriculture,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “Thanks to this partnership with Saratoga Race Course, dozens of our craft beverage and food businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their products in the Taste NY Pavilion and throughout the track, gaining major exposure for their brand and bringing the very best of New York to the more than one million fans who visit the track every season.”

In a veritable tour of products produced across the Empire State, the Taste NY Pavilion will feature offerings of Brooklyn Brewery, Great Jones Distilling Co. and Brotherhood Winery from New York City and the Hudson Valley; Frog Alley Brewing Co. and Nine Pin Cider Works from the Capital Region; Druthers Brewing Company, Pick Six Vodka and Old Tavern Farm Winery from Saratoga County; Bolton Landing Brewing Company, Common Roots Brewing Company, Northway Brewing Co. and Paradox Brewery from the North Country and Adirondacks; and Cooperstown Distillery from historic Cooperstown in Central New York.

“Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest continuously operating winery, is proud to participate at the Saratoga Race Course, the oldest continuously operating sports venue in North America, and be part of this year's racing season,” said Brotherhood Winery Vice President Philip Dunsmore. “It is a great honor for Brotherhood Winery to be presented with this partnership with Saratoga Race Course, and also is a great opportunity for locals and tourists to taste Brotherhood's highly awarded and prestigious Riesling, produced with the best grapes grown in New York State.”

Brotherhood Winery will offer samples of its Riesling in addition to its I LOVE NY Red, which is the only wine licensed in New York State to feature the iconic I LOVE NY logo. Select participating partners, including Cooperstown Distillery and Pick Six Vodka, will offer complimentary samples each weekend (Friday-Sunday).

“This is a great opportunity for small businesses to play in an arena with the big brands,” said Saratoga Courage Distillery Owner and CEO Holly Shishik. “This is a great opportunity for us and other New York craft producers to share our handmade spirits with locals and visitors. Our flagship product Pick Six Vodka’s name and label were inspired by the legendary historic racecourse so there’s no better venue for us to be in.”

Pick Six Vodka is also the title sponsor of the Pick Six Vodka Picnic Paddock this summer where fans can reserve picnic tables that each accommodate up to six guests. The Pick Six Picnic Paddock is located in the backyard adjacent to the Saratoga paddock. Reserved tables may be purchased at NYRA.com.

In addition to the Taste NY Pavilion, Cooperstown Distillery will be featured at the Cooperstown Clubhouse Bar located on the second floor of Saratoga Race Course. Fans can try a number of Cooperstown cocktails including the Cooperstown Select Bourbon Old Fashioned, Cooperstown Select Rye Manhattan, Saratoga Revolutionary Rum Runner, Saratoga Victory Vodka Lemonade, Saratoga Victory Vodka Bloody Mary and Fenimore Gin Fizz.

“As one of a select number of New York craft manufacturers, Cooperstown Distillery is extremely proud to extend its reach this summer at Saratoga Race Course,” said Cooperstown Distillery founder Gene Marra. “Cooperstown and the Cooperstown Distillery have a long tradition of authenticity, honoring excellence and sports history. As a producer of artisanal craft spirits locally sourced from New York state grains, and given our recently opened Saratoga storefront, we welcome the opportunity to partner with Saratoga Race Course and other regional producers to highlight our nationally award-winning spirits to sports enthusiasts throughout the Capital Region.”

Adjacent to the Cooperstown Clubhouse Bar is the all-new Drink Upstate Craft Beer Bar which will feature craft beer from Schenectady’s Frog Alley Brewing Co., Common Roots Brewing Company in Glens Falls, Bolton Landing Brewing Company in Bolton Landing, North Hudson’s Paradox Brewery and Northway Brewing Co. in Queensbury.

Druthers Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider Works will each be featured nearby the Saratoga Walk of Fame.

“Nine Pin Cider is thrilled to be among the world class New York State farm sector beverages served at the Saratoga Race Course this summer,” said Nine Pin Co-Founder and General Manager Sonya del Peral. “Nine Pin Cider bears the NYS Grown & Certified Seal and cider enthusiasts at the track now have the opportunity to support New York agriculture, knowing that Nine Pin’s bright, crisp, refreshing, premium craft cider is proudly made in Albany from local New York apples.”

In addition to the Taste NY Pavilion, Great Jones will be featured at the historic Jim Dandy Bar. Great Jones Straight Bourbon, crafted from ingredients grown in the legendary Black Dirt region of Warwick Valley, NY, operates the first whiskey distillery in Manhattan since Prohibition. Fans at Saratoga will be able to enjoy a variety of cocktails at the Jim Dandy Bar, including Great Jones Lemonade, Great Jones Old Fashioned and Great Jones Manhattan Mule.

Finally, fans can also enjoy Saratoga County-based Old Tavern Farm Winery and its signature Rosé which will be available in most restaurants and dining locations on track.

“Old Tavern Farm Winery is thrilled and honored to have our Rosé featured on the dining menu at one of the world’s greatest sporting venues,” said Old Tavern Farm Winery owner Nicole Borisenok. “We are appreciative for the opportunity as a small business to showcase our local product to a national audience. We look forward to having locals and tourists enjoy a product that is made on our farm in Saratoga County, less than five miles from the front doors of Saratoga Race Course.”

In addition to beverages, the Taste NY Pavilion will also present a variety of New York-made foods. Saratoga Chocolate Co. can be found at the Pavilion every Thursday through Sunday of the meet, and Saratoga Olive Oil Co. and Caliva Cookie Co., based in Saratoga County, can be found at the Pavilion every Thursday.

The 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will feature 77 stakes worth $22.6 million in total purses highlighted by the 153rd renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 27 and the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 6, as the anchors of two of the most prestigious racing days in North America.

Following the four-day Runhappy Opening Weekend from Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, apart from the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.

For additional information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com.

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June 29, 2022

Nine Pin's 26er challenge a cider-inspired trial

A story by Sara Tracey of the Times Union

A glass of Nine Pin Cider being poured on tap

Thursday marks the release of the eighth cider in the 2022 26er Challenge, Nine Pin Cider Works’ drinkable riff on an Adirondack 46er self-test. Instead of climbing 46 peaks, those who register with the Nine Pin challenge must drink a 6- or 12-ounce cider made especially for the occasion every two weeks for a year.

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June 20, 2022

NINE PIN RELEASES A NEW SEASONAL CIDER: LAVENDER LEMONADE

Lavender Lemonade cider is a sun-sational pairing of fresh pressed apples, culinary lavender and lemon juice – the perfect pairing for summertime

Bright and purple photo of Nine Pin Lavender Lemonade

ALBANY, N.Y. – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, releases its newest seasonal cider style, Lavender Lemonade, just in time for the summer solstice. The cider is a refreshing twist on Nine Pin’s classic farmhouse blend of apples, infused with culinary lavender and a finishing touch of lemon juice.

To craft this cider, Nine Pin uses 100 percent New York apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y., and unique, culinary grade lavender sourced locally from Lavenlair Farms in Whitehall, N.Y. The cider is then topped off with lemon juice, resulting in a floral cider with a crisp and refreshing finish.

“We really enjoy having the opportunity to work with local growers such as Lavenlair Farms to create custom, one of kind ciders like Lavender Lemonade,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “The cider has a bright, citrusy, refreshing flavor that’s perfect for the summer months.”

 

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Nine Pin,” said Diane Allen, owner of Lavenlair Farms. “This partnership allows us to bring the taste of farm-grown lavender to cider lovers everywhere."

Lavender Lemonade Cider 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 Lavender Lemonade Cider through Nine Pin’s online store.

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June 3, 2022

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. There are more and more pride-themed products out there on the market, and we encourage you to do some research before buying to see if brands are just slapping rainbows on stuff to get your attention, or if there’s a deeper message or mission attached. (For more info on how cideries can approach marketing, branding and philanthropy, check out our Cider School session with Blake’s Hard Cider from 2020). Whether your community hosts a Pride parade or other similar gathering, or you just plan to keep it low-key with friends, here are six awesome Pride-themed ciders, each having a community-oriented, philanthropic component, as well! - Story by Cider Culture

Informational poster for Nine Pin Pride Month events

Nine Pin Cider‘s Pride cans contain its signature cider in them, an off-dry, crisp and bold blend of apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY. This Albany-based cidery is proud to team up for a fourth year with OutHudson, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County, NY. These limited-edition cans will be released on June 1, 2022!

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June 3, 2022

SEASONAL SIPS AT NINE PIN CIDER

Toast To Warmer Seasons With Nine Pin Cider - Story by Capital Region Vegan Network

A glass of Nine Pin Cider

In 2014, Nine Pin Cider Works opened in Albany as NY’s First Farm Cidery. Their mission is to support NY agriculture by producing craft ciders using 100% local NY apples and fruit.

While not all alcohol is vegan (some companies use animal products in the clarification process or honey/dairy), Nine Pin creates a delicious selection of all-vegan core and light ciders, as well as off-dry ciders and limited edition canned seasonal flavors (many of which are also vegan)!

Nine Pin is featuring a Cider Sangría for spring and they’re bringing it to VEG OUT! Keep reading to learn more about this seasonal beverage.

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May 27, 2022

NINE PIN CIDER’S LONG-STANDING PRIDE COLLABORATION RETURNS TO IN-PERSON EVENTS THIS JUNE

To support Columbia County-based OutHudson for the fourth year in a row, limited-edition Pride Cans will be available during several Pride events throughout the Capital Region

Nine Pin rainbow colored can

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 27, 2022) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, announces the return of their limited-edition Pride cans with a portion of proceeds to be donated to Columbia County-based OutHudson – the fourth consecutive year that the Albany-based cidery and OutHudson have collaborated. Nine Pin’s New York State distributor, Remarkable Liquids, will also contribute a portion of their Pride can sales to the cause.

Nine Pin shows its full support of the LGBTQIA+ community with the release of these limited-edition Pride cans. The limited release features an annually updated Pride Flag design proudly wrapped around a specially labelled 12 oz. Nine Pin Signature Cider can.

“Nine Pin is truly looking forward to celebrating Pride month with OutHudson again and we appreciate the work that the LGBTQIA+ community puts into fighting for visibility and equality in society,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and head cidermaker, Nine Pin Ciderworks. “Our partnership with OutHudson supports the beauty and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community in our agricultural backyard.”

“We are truly grateful to organizations like Nine Pin that support us in our mission to create a safe and supportive space for the LBTQIA+ community,” said Osun Zotique, executive director of OutHudson. “Nine Pin’s vibrant rainbow can and their financial support are wonderful examples of how to spread the message of visibility and acceptance to the public.”

In commemoration and celebration, Nine Pin will be participating in the following events:

· Pride Can Release Night on Wednesday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Nine Pin’s Albany Tasting Room (929 Broadway, Albany). The release night will also feature live music provided by Ryan Leddick, as well as snacks, including a limited supply of Pride doughnuts made available by Cider Belly doughnuts.

Media Contact: Joe Bonilla Communications joe@relentlessaware.com 518.813.4905

· Hudson Pride Parade, from noon to 3 p.m. beginning at Public Square on Warren Street, Hudson, Saturday, June 4, The Nine Pin Mobile Bar will be among many other floats.

· Schenectady Pride Parade on Saturday, June 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gateway Park.

· Pride Brunch on Saturday, June 11 in Nine Pin’s Albany Tasting Room, featuring Typhoid Mary. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event will begin at noon.

· Treat Your Self with Jacob Alejandro – Pride Conchas on Saturday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Nine Pin’s Albany Tasting Room.

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.

Pride Cans will be available for sale at Nine Pin’s tasting room located at 929 Broadway in Albany and at participating retailers in the Capital Region. The cider will be available in 12 oz. four-packs and has an ABV of 6.7 percent.

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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.

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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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January 28, 2022

NINE PIN CIDER RELEASES ADIRONDACK MAPLE IN CANS

New Winter Seasonal Perfectly Blends New York State’s Fall and Winter Harvests

A can of Nine Pin Adirondack Maple
Nine Pin Adirondack Maple

Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, released its new winter seasonal cider, Adirondack Maple, highlighting two of New York State’s largest agricultural harvests: apples and maple syrup.

Nine Pin crafted this cider using 100% New York apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY and added the perfect touch of Adirondack maple syrup from The Forest Farmers in Lyon Mountain, NY.

“The unique forests of Northern New York are home to one of the largest resources of tappable maple trees in the US,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “Our Adirondack Maple cider is a union of New York’s unrivaled autumn apple crop and thriving winter maple harvest.”

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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June 29, 2022

Nine Pin's 26er challenge a cider-inspired trial

A story by Sara Tracey of the Times Union

A glass of Nine Pin Cider being poured on tap

Thursday marks the release of the eighth cider in the 2022 26er Challenge, Nine Pin Cider Works’ drinkable riff on an Adirondack 46er self-test. Instead of climbing 46 peaks, those who register with the Nine Pin challenge must drink a 6- or 12-ounce cider made especially for the occasion every two weeks for a year.

Read the full article here!

June 3, 2022

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. There are more and more pride-themed products out there on the market, and we encourage you to do some research before buying to see if brands are just slapping rainbows on stuff to get your attention, or if there’s a deeper message or mission attached. (For more info on how cideries can approach marketing, branding and philanthropy, check out our Cider School session with Blake’s Hard Cider from 2020). Whether your community hosts a Pride parade or other similar gathering, or you just plan to keep it low-key with friends, here are six awesome Pride-themed ciders, each having a community-oriented, philanthropic component, as well! - Story by Cider Culture

Informational poster for Nine Pin Pride Month events

Nine Pin Cider‘s Pride cans contain its signature cider in them, an off-dry, crisp and bold blend of apples from Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY. This Albany-based cidery is proud to team up for a fourth year with OutHudson, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and advance the visibility of LGBTQ people in Columbia County, NY. These limited-edition cans will be released on June 1, 2022!

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June 3, 2022

SEASONAL SIPS AT NINE PIN CIDER

Toast To Warmer Seasons With Nine Pin Cider - Story by Capital Region Vegan Network

A glass of Nine Pin Cider

In 2014, Nine Pin Cider Works opened in Albany as NY’s First Farm Cidery. Their mission is to support NY agriculture by producing craft ciders using 100% local NY apples and fruit.

While not all alcohol is vegan (some companies use animal products in the clarification process or honey/dairy), Nine Pin creates a delicious selection of all-vegan core and light ciders, as well as off-dry ciders and limited edition canned seasonal flavors (many of which are also vegan)!

Nine Pin is featuring a Cider Sangría for spring and they’re bringing it to VEG OUT! Keep reading to learn more about this seasonal beverage.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

Watch the full video here!