The Cidery, which produces Aaron Burr Cider in Wurtsboro, New York, is a small homestead farm dating back to the early 19th century. The Cidery specializes in growing cider-apples, which are different from eating-apples in the same way wine-grapes are different from table-grapes. They use their own apples and other locally grown and foraged apples for one mission: to re-create “true cider”, the time-averaged most popular drink in America.
This focus is founded on the belief that early Americans drank history’s best cider. Reestablishing this involves holism -from farming to art, from the market to politics- cider is an identity.
Some of the Aaron Burr Cider from The Cidery:
- Homestead Perry
Specs (aka “the objective”): off-dry, low effervescence. Light honey color, sediment= hazy when stirred
Notes (aka “the subjective”): Hits on many spectrums, including floral, farmy, tannic, and buttery, all while stating close to center, sophisticated. Source: True perry pears from unsprayed wild trees along the upper Neversink River.
- Homestead Cider: Mamakating Hollow
Specs: Sharp, dry, honey color, hazy, some solids, mild to *high effervescence.
Notes: Bright tart cherry forward. Bitters midway w/ coconut/ oak notes pierce outside while blueberry sneaks up the middle. High tannin, expected to age well. Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples from various Wurtsboro area locations.
- Ginger Apple
Specs: Spicy/ tart. Cloudy, some solids. Medium carbonation
Notes: Champagne-like with tingling flower & pepper esters. bright fruit acids with faint bitter ending. Unusual: ginger not followed by sweetness. Source: Orange County (NY) apples fermented in contact with Chinatown ginger and carrot.
- Homestead Cider: Neversink Highlands
Specs: Sharp, dry, honey color, cloudy, some solids, mild to *high effervescence.
Notes: Crisp and tart beginning adds tropical and farm peripheral notes. Ends with mature woodiness. Should age well. Source: Unsprayed wild and abandoned apples and crab apples from various east Sullivan County locations.