Nine Pin Ciderworks Receives Empire State Development Grant

$50,000 Award for Shovel-Ready Renovations

(Albany, N.Y.) – Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York State’s first farm cidery, is very honored to announce the receipt of a grant from the latest round of the Empire State Development Grant Fund Awards, announced earlier this week.

Nine Pin was awarded $50,000 towards their shovel-ready expansion project to expand its indoor tasting room and create appropriate delineation and barriers for its manufacturing space. The plan is to repurpose part of its current manufacturing space and to install a forklift wide half-gate separating the renovated public area from their manufacturing operation. The renovations will include the installation of 2 new fully compliant gender neutral bathrooms as well as to connect the expanded space to the existing outdoor patio to create an event space that would contain both indoor and outdoor elements for private functions. The installation of another glass overhead door will also allow for more daylight, and enable patrons to view the neighboring park, Albany’s iconic Nipper statue, and other nightlife establishments nearby––enhancing the on-premise experience of its regular and agritourist customers.

“We’re very excited about this award, and are so thankful to Governor Hochul and the Regional Economic Development Council for their consideration,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cidermaker. “We’re entering into our tenth year of operation in 2024, and this project will launch us forward for another decade with the expanded space allowing for more entertainment and production to share our New York grown ciders with the community.”

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “New York State support for the growth of its robust craft beverage industry is helping cideries like Nine Pin Ciderworks expand to meet customer demand. As the state’s first farm cidery, we are thrilled to see their continued growth and success.”

This will be the third renovation that Nine Pin will go through in this space on Broadway in Albany’s Warehouse District. In early 2014, Nine Pin first renovated part of its warehouse space to include a small tasting room. In 2016, due to its receipt of a grant from ESD in 2015,Nine Pin’s tasting room underwent a major renovation and expansion and the company was also able to purchase its seven 6000-gallon fermentation tanks. That expansion heralded an extended period of growth in both on-premise and off-premise sales.

Cider connoisseurs may enjoy Nine Pin’s ciders seven days a week in their Albany Tasting Room, located in the City’s Warehouse district, and from retailers across New York State, Massachusetts and New Jersey, as well as at bars and restaurants who proudly carry Nine Pin products. Residents in other states may purchase Nine Pin’s ciders through Nine Pin’s online store.

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