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‘Tis the Season for Hard Cider Tasting!


It’s my favorite time of the year - fall. With fall comes the leaves changing colors, pumpkin flavored everything, and most importantly, an even better reason to go cider tasting! Here are some suggestions of the go-to cideries in Upstate New York depending on what you’re looking for:

Do you like to support businesses that locally source?

Blue Toad Hard Cider - Well, pick the place that locally sources and crafts their cider from New York and Virginia! Blue Toad Hard Cider provides customers with their three flagship ciders as well as seasonal ones featuring anything from “paddy green” to “harvest festy”.

Are you looking for authenticity?

Cider Creek Hard Cider - You can’t get much more authentic than cider made from New York apples without ever adding water, sugar, artificial flavors or sweeteners! Plus, it’s never too late to book a private event room or bus with Cider Creek Hard Cider!

Do you enjoy being entertained while tasting cider?

Embark Craft Ciderworks - Yes, this cidery has your typical flagship ciders, as well as limited release ciders, but there is a special twist to it all. Stop by on Wednesday nights to sip on cider while playing trivia or check out Embark Craft Ciderworks event schedule to see what live band is playing on Friday nights!

What about a cider sold all across New York State?

Rootstock Ciderworks - With a cidery east of Rochester and well over 100 restaurants, stores and bars that sell Rootstock Ciderworks products, it is safe to say that if you have a craving for this cider after a tasting, you can easily find it nearby! From original cider to crabapple and everything in between, this is definitely a place to stop!

And the ultimate question, are you hungry?

Mullers Cider House - I’ll tell you what is better than cider tasting, homemade kettle corn AND cider! Yes, you read that right, with over 100 different ciders to choose from and freshly made kettle corn, there is something for everyone at Mullers Cider House!


Cideries are around every corner in Upstate New York and to say one is better than the other is impossible. It’s time to see for yourself and pick your favorite! To check out what other cideries are in the area visit Brew Central's listings.