November 24, 2021

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

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

Welcome to the sixth episode of PUT CIDER IN IT!

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

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

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

Ingredients

- (4) 6oz fresh Icelandic cod fillets

- 1 cup all-purpose flour

- ¾ cup rice flour plus extra for dusting

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1½ Cans Nine Pin hard cider

-  1 teaspoon white sugar

- Salt to taste

- Lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnish

- Enough canola oil to fry each fillet

Directions

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

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

✓ Dust with extra flour until completely covered.

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

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

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

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

✓ Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.

✓ Enjoy!

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

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November 21, 2021

Use Nine Pin Cider to make a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey!

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

Check out the recipe here!

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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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Order your Nine Pin Cider Syrup here!

November 19, 2021

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Learn More

November 17, 2021

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

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

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 325individuals earned 26er status and during the 2018 program, 669 individuals earned 26er status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 26er program was cut short. In 2022 as with the program in 2018, a portion of the 26er cider sales will be donated to support the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)’s Summit Stewardship Program.

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

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

 

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

 

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

SIGN UP HERE!

November 12, 2021

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

The private events are available throughout 2021-2022 winter season

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

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

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

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

Book Now!

November 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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 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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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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Order your Nine Pin Cider Syrup here!

November 19, 2021

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Learn More

November 17, 2021

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

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

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 325individuals earned 26er status and during the 2018 program, 669 individuals earned 26er status. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 26er program was cut short. In 2022 as with the program in 2018, a portion of the 26er cider sales will be donated to support the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)’s Summit Stewardship Program.

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

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

 

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

 

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

SIGN UP HERE!

November 12, 2021

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

The private events are available throughout 2021-2022 winter season

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

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

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

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

Book Now!

November 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn More

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

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

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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August 24, 2021

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

Exciting food and beverage collaboration offers specialty sauces

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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June 16, 2021

Farmshare at Nine Pin Group 2, Week 1

Stay up to date on our New York State Summer Farm Share featuring Sollohub Family Farm

Check out what's FRESH and LOCAL this week

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June 1, 2021

Six Ciders that Celebrate LGBTQIA Pride

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

Full Story by Emily Kovach of Cider Culture

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May 12, 2021

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

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

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

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May 7, 2021

CIDER WEEK NEW YORK

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

CIDER AND PAELLA BY THE POND AT TWIN STAR ORCHARDS

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

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

 

CIDER APERITIF WITH SOUTH HILL CIDER AND ISIGNY STE-MÈRE

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

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


URBAN TREE GRAFTING NIGHT AT NINE PIN CIDER

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

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

 

OUTDOOR PATIO LAUNCH AND LIMITED-EDITION TREASURY CIDER CYSER TASTING

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

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

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

 

STRETCH THEN SIP AT PENNINGS FARM CIDERY

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

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

 

NAKED FLOCK CIDER COCKTAIL CLASS ON FACEBOOK LIVE

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

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

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


HISTORY OF APPLES AND CIDER IN SULLIVAN COUNTYWITH JOHN CONWAY

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

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

 

AMERICAN CIDER, TASTE & TALK

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

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

 

5 BORO PICNYC FEATURING CIDER ALLEY

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

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


BLT X WÖLFFER TASTING EVENT

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

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

 

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

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May 6, 2021

Nine Pin Cider planting roots in the Capital Region

Eclectic group plants apple trees at the Shaker Heritage site

Story by Jim Franco at Spotlight News

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May 4, 2021

The Mobile Bar’s Debut

From a beaten up horse trailer to a beautiful wedding bar, the Nine Pin Mobile Bar has been quite the journey!

On Saturday, April 24 the Nine Pin Mobile Bar made a debut at a small wedding in East Greenbush.

It has been an interesting journey with the mobile bar.

As with everything, it started out as just an idea. At first it seemed so simple: let’s provide a way for people to access a unique New York cider bar at their private, outdoor events during an *almost* post-COVID summer. We sensed there was plenty of celebrating in the works to make up for a long year of social distancing and zoom gatherings.

Of course, we could have taken an easier road by buying already-to-go trailer, making some minor adjustments, and giving it a subtle Nine Pin branding touch.

But no, no, at Nine Pin we must take the road less traveled, start from scratch and create our own, unique trappings. In this spirit, we invested in a used horse trailer, and trust us, it was USED!

The first task was cleaning. If you know anything about horse care, you are aware that it is quite the messy job. To wash the aftermath is not pleasant. But we powered through, encountered a couple surprises along the way, and were finally ready for the next task, welding.

Luckily in this department, we have a good friend who owns his own welding business, Mack Daddy Fabrications. Chris Patterson is an incredibly talented welder. The only problem is that his usual welding work involves massive steel tanks in nuclear power plants; an amazing skill set to have, but a little too much skill for our little horse trailer.

Chris did amazing work on the bar, and our cider mobile is now as strong as a military grade tank, ready to go into battle. Who knows, depending on the party we attend, we may need this type of brawn!!!

After Chris completed his work, it was time to paint and refurbish the inside. Alejandro and his father, Casiano, worked around the clock to prepare for our first event. There was a bit of nail biting suspense at the end, but we were able to accomplish our goal.

All in all, it took us almost three months of hard work to get the Nine Pin Mobile Bar event-ready and we rolled into our first event fit to bring all the fun, excitement, and exceptional New York cider a wedding deserves. But wait, there’s more!  Even though the mobile bar was complete and primed to serve a slew of Nine Pin Ciders to feverish party goers, we faced a final challenge…

How do we get a full-sized horse trailer into a small suburban back yard?

The answer is three grown adults, including an incredibly good-natured groom himself, carefully backing the bar into the yard, physically lifting it at points to pivot it into place, all while trying to maneuver it around the already set up wedding tent. We managed to achieve a perfect position, though it may or may not have required deconstructing a fence in the process to fit the bar through. (Luckily the fence was easy to put back together).

So, after all the ups and downs, the question of “What have we gotten ourselves into,” and the uncertainty of whether we would actually pull this project off, we had, indeed, done it. We got the Nine Pin Mobile Bar to the wedding and immediately we knew that all of our hard work was worth it.

Tehresa and Pierre, the bride and groom, could not have been better hosts. They, like so many couples who had planned weddings in 2020, decided to get married via a private ceremony last summer. Their celebration on the 24th was an intimate gathering among their closest friends and family to commemorate the occasion that everyone missed due to the pandemic. And boy, did they make up for lost time!

The entire time we were there, there was not a frown on anyone’s face. People were just so happy to be in one another’s presence. The cider poured beautifully, and gave everyone that extra liquid courage to tear up the dance floor. I will admit, it was hard to not just jump in and join in on the fun myself, having not danced with a group since my mother’s 60th birthday party two weeks before the shutdown in 2020.

The night ended without any hiccups. We said our farewell to Tehresa and Pierre with a beaming sense of triumph, knowing our first event had gone perfectly.

And in the end, it was an Instagram message from Tehresa that truly reminded us why we had put so much work into the once beaten up horse trailer. It read simply: “Y’all seriously made our day”.

-         Joshua Whelan, Director of Marketing

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April 30, 2021

NINE PIN CIDER HOSTS ITS SIXTH ANNUAL WAREHOUSE DISTRICT EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

Nine Pin Cider and the Capital Region community gather to clean-up the Warehouse District, share some cider, and make connections along the way.

Nine Pin throws dozens of events every year (2020 excepted). They range from food pairings, tastings, craft nights, and more. Among all the fun and exciting experiences, nothing to me is more rewarding than our annual Warehouse District Clean Up, which we lead annually on the Sunday of Earth Week.

The cleanup began in 2015 with a crowd of approximately fifteen eager volunteers, ready to get their hands dirty with the promise of crisp, refreshing Nine Pin cider at the end.  

We gathered around our then relatively tiny tasting room on a bright and gorgeous spring Sunday, welcoming the warmer weather after the lingering cold of winter in Upstate New York.

We broke into teams; Nine Pin employees led their respective groups to each of the nine cleanup zones we had designated. I was assigned to a team of young women, all friends, and we made our way to clean up Manor Street. Although a small street for Albany, it sure put us to work!

At first, being assigned to group of strangers was not exactly how I envisioned my first cleanup adventure. If I was going to be picking up trash on Sunday, I wanted to be with my fellow co-workers or, even more preferably, my girlfriend (now wife).

However, it did not take long to discover the magic of the day. Before I knew it, my team and I were cracking jokes, getting to know one another, and laughing about all the literal junk we were handling. We spent only two hours together, but by the end, I felt I was part of their “girl” gang.  

When we returned to the tasting room to retrieve our complimentary cider reward, the bonding continued. Now we were joined by all the groups who had returned from the other cleanup areas. We sat outside the tasting room, sipping our ciders and trading war stories of what we had, thankfully, removed from the streets of the Warehouse District. We basked outside in the warm sun, while admiring the literal mountain of trash we had collected. Albany DGS was soon there to haul the trash away to a proper disposal site.

Fast forward six years later and our group has grown to approximately 40-50 fabulous volunteers each year.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to rekindle bonds with returning friends and to establish connections with the new faces that join us each year.  

This year I was lucky enough to meet a friendly gentleman named Wes. At first a stranger, I asked Wes to hop in the Nine Pin pickup truck with me to help retrieve the “big ticket items”. We recovered an entire couch, several rotting pallets, an old concrete fountain, and many more bulky objects, not suitable for the hefty bags that Albany DGS had donated. By the end of our mission, Wes and I were joking around and realizing our shared musical taste for classic Hip-Hop.  

We then joined other volunteers in the tasting room, and there was no denying the comradery between groups of complete strangers, all conversing about our shared experience. Just as with our first year, we all reflected on our hard work this year and how we couldn’t wait until next year’s cleanup!

 

  • Joshua Whelan, Director of Marketing

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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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