This past Wednesday (April 5) marked the beginning of Spring Training, Cider House style. Autumn hoofed us at double time up the famed Albee Hill where we gained 700' elevation and peered out over the Cayuta Creek valley.
Autumn has been an essential and generous mentor to Melissa on and off since 2001, when she introduced "farming is cool" as a concept. Over the past 16 years, we at the Cider House and Good Life Cider have relied on Autumn's sharp insight, pure honest and incredible craftspersonship to help guide us on our own journey into grower cider.
Atop Albee Hill, our whole crew joined Autumn in pondering the mysteries of the organic orchard and associated soapboxes and the oh-so-challenging economics or small-scale, low volume, high quality grower cider. And at the end of it, we got to taste 4 years of the results in an Eve's Cidery 'Northern Spy' vertical tasting spanning 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2015 is on our Tasting Menu right now!
In this year's round of training, we meet and greet with each of our four farm-based cideries to make sure that we- Cider House team- can do our best behind the bar to tell these small farm-based cidery stories when we serve you. We'll continue to offer educational programming through the year to highlight why we think what we do is... delicious. Special. Worth every effort. Stay with us- more to come.