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.

Send your email now!

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

Read the full article here!

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.

Read the full article here

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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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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April 25, 2022

Several efforts to clean up this weekend for Earth Week

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

Big pile of garbage outside Nine Pin Cider in Albany, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, check out our Facebook and Instagram page.

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March 23, 2022

Nine Pin’s year-long cider tasting challenge returns

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

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

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

“After working hard in 2021 to develop these unique 26er ciders, I am confident they are some of the best and I can’t wait to share them after the shutdown we experienced in 2020,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder, and cider maker. “I encourage you to participate in this unique experimental cider challenge that supports New York agriculture and our beloved treasure that is the Adirondack Park.”

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

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

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March 8, 2022

Enjoy a cold Nine Pin at the movies!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 8, 2022

New York's cideries push to be included in alcohol to-go

Bring back direct to consumer shipping!

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When New York state created a new license with more relaxed rules for small-scale cideries almost a decade ago, the industry flourished. Now, it's asking for one more rule change to sustain it through the pandemic.


Read the full article here!

February 14, 2022

Cider Loves Food: Valentine’s Day Treats & Cider

Article written by Meredith Collins on Cider Culture!

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

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

Read entire article on Cider Culture here!

February 7, 2022

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

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

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Nine Pin Cider (Albany)

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

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December 13, 2021

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Recipe Booklet

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

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

Here are some recipes you can try at home!

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Source: Sheri Silver

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

Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

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

Ingredients (serves 8)

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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

Active time: 3 minutes

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

Ingredients (serves 1)

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

Step 1

Fill cocktail glass with ice

Step 2

Add in Core Vodka and Nine Pin Cider Syrup

Step 3

Top with Nine Pin Signature can. Stir vigorously.

Step 4

Add on apple slice and enjoy!

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

Tofu Nuggets with Cider-Mustard Dipping Sauce

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

Ingredients (serves 4)

Breaded Tofu:

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

Dipping Sauce:

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

A brown, cider syrup pie
Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Nine Pin Cider Syrup Pie

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

Source: Ricardo Cuisine

Ingredients (serves 8)

Crust

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

Filling

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

Preparation

Crust

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

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

Filling

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

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

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

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December 10, 2021

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cider-Obsessed

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

Read the story below!

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November 21, 2021

Use Nine Pin Cider to make a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey!

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

Nancy Fuller holding a growler of Nine Pin Cider

Check out the recipe here!

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September 14, 2021

7 Fall Dessert-Inspired Ciders to Sip All Autumn Long

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

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


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August 13, 2021

Peachy Keen: 7 Peach Ciders to Try

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

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

Read the full story by Cider Culture here!

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June 17, 2021

Cider Culture’s 2021 Rosé Cider Guide

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

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

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June 1, 2021

Six Ciders that Celebrate LGBTQIA Pride

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

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Full Story by Emily Kovach of Cider Culture

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May 12, 2021

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

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

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

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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!