Fall is the time of year when apples shine. And that means getting into caramel apples, cider donuts, and all the fresh cider you can afford. But when we look at something that is friendly to adults to make us fall, Hard Cider is what we get. A natural alcoholic beverage made from fresh cider, Hard Cider is similar to alcohol but with sweet apple fruit. And there is one fifth-generation apple farm in upstate New York that is taking its apple specialization and making strong cider in a variety of ways. And it’s so delicious.
Reader’s Voter’s Choice for “Best Apple Orchard” in 2020 by USA Today, Beak & Skiff began their journey of growing apples back in 1911 in Lafayette, NY. Today, more than 100 years have passed since the care, harvesting, and pressing of apples from the same religious gardens have now grown to over 300,000 apple trees. About 2001, Beak & Skiff realized that the only way to make their cider better was to turn it into a stronger cider. Built on a line of spirits dating back to 1911 The Establishment Company, which includes apple and pommeau (French grape brandy), Beak & Skiff’s small hard leather jackets currently feature 21 seasonal and seasonal flavors that make up a century-old garden.
One of our favorite flavors is “Cider Donut.” Made with purple sauce, hot spices, and apple ornaments, this strong aroma makes you feel uncomfortable. I am 100% gluten free and sounds like a cider donut!
Next, we love the 1911 Produced by Black Cherry Hard Cider, which also won 2020 Platinum Prize from Cidercraft Magazine. 100% gluten-free, made with fresh apple cider and cherry juice. This is tart, crisp, and very refreshing!
The use of fresh apple cider as a basis for their hard cider is what makes 1911 a unique establishment. Most of the cider you can find in the market is made from concentrates. Mixed and water-based, water is made by systems that remove water from the new jar to make it easier to carry, less expensive, and cheaper to use than new ones. But using it can bring a strong cider that tastes better in the end.
Expect to go to the Beak & Skiff farm, and the 1911 Regular Hard Cider is always made from their apples with fresh cider. From “Tree to Can,” this makes for a strong cider and delicious taste.
Available in 16-ounce cans, Beak & Skiff offers 21 delicious seasonal and year-round 1911 Hard Cider Sticks to choose from, including Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged, Honeycrisp, Rose, Cranberry, Tropical, Blueberry, SnapDragon, and Raspberry.
And there’s good news if you don’t have a gluten. Since it is not made from seeds, 1911 Fixed Hard Cider is 100% gluten-free and simple. Whether you have no gluten or not, there is no doubt that you will love these hardy cider.
If you live near the northern part of New York, plan a trip to the old Beak & Skiff apple and fruit farm in Lafayette, New York, to pick apples, and go home with their strong cider. You can try their priceless varieties and apple wine in their 1911 Tasting Room!
If you are outside the NY area, Click here to find Beak & Skiff 1911 Established Hard Cider near you!