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How Orchard Cider got here from there

We welcome Elizabeth Ryan of Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, cider-scholar, cider-maker and all around story teller!

Whereas "There" means... Old World Traditions, Prohibition, the 1976 NYS Farm Winery Act, 1980's and 90's experimentation to licensed production and the early 2000's

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Where are we now? What do we see as the future? Is Cider really returning to its roots as a community created and enjoyed beverage?

Drop on in! Light Bites and Special Flights available all evening!

We are honored to share some time with Elizabeth Ryan, discussing our memories and favorite cider moments.  Elizabeth is am a renowned fruit grower and cider maker and have studied cider making in Somerset and Hereford in England. She has a degree in Pomology from Cornell University.

Elizabeth made her first barrel of cider there as a student in 1980. She bought Breezy Hill Orchard in Dutchess County in 1984 and have since expanded to operate two more orchards, one of which is Stone Ridge Orchard in Ulster County. She is also one of the founding GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers.

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