Mark your calendars people of the Northeast, because it’s back! The 4th Annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries hosted by none other than Nine Pin Cider of Albany, NY, the first certified farm cidery in New York State, is being held on Saturday, February 17th. For the fourth year in a row, Nine Pin is opening up their production floor for a festival of sorts recognizing and promoting New York Farm Cideries.
You might be wondering, what is a farm cidery? Well, in October of 2013, New York State decided to implement a New York Farm Cidery license in order to promote the craft cider industry. A cidery holding this license must produce between 50 and 250,000 gallons of finished cider per year. These ciders must have occurred due to natural fruit fermentation (whether it be apples, pears, or other pome fruits) without any added alcohol or distillation, have an alcohol content between 3.2-8.5% ABV, and be made from exclusively New-York-grown pome fruits. Being a farm cidery gives these companies the flexibility to sell at sanctioned farmer’s markets and fairs, as well as the opportunity for tastings and direct sale outside of the tasting room.
As for The Gathering, expectations are high after last year’s sold out event and the participation of a few new cideries this year in addition to the 15 that participated last year. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 through Eventbrite, or, if available, for $30 at the door, and a portion of these sales will be donated to the New York Cider Association! Ticket price includes unlimited? 1oz pours of a huge diversity of New York State ciders, a branded Gathering of the Farm Cideries tasting glass, and access to purchasing of rare and unique ciders by the bottle, can, and even growler!
Two sessions will be held, both on the 17th, the first from 12-3PM (when you’ll find one of our team members, Julia!) and the second from 4-7PM. There will also be food vendors in attendance, including DeFazio’s Pizzeria and The Hungry Traveler Food Truck, so come hungry! For more information and a list of cideries, check out the Facebook event here!
If you make your way out to New York, find local cideries using our cidery map.