I want to let you in on a little secret. I am relatively new to Hard Cider and honestly love it! Hudson Valley cider companies are sprouting up all over the area.
And why not?
The Hudson Valley is the most ideal place to make delicious cider due to the abundance of apple orchards in the region.
What do you love about hard cider? It’s crisp, refreshing and fruity. What more can you want? It’s a nice alternative to drinking other alcoholic beverages.
I was lucky enough to stumble across a GROUPON for a ‘Tasting for Two People: Two Cider Flights, Each with Four 5-ounce Pours’ from Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland, NY.
I was excited to try it out and taste the variety of ciders they had on tap.
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Tips for Visiting Bad Seed Cider Co:
> The Bad Seed Cider Taproom is open from Friday – Sunday
> Although the farm is open seasonally (Labor Day to end of October), the taproom is open year-round
> There is a Bad Seed Farm Bar that is open, on the farm, during the apple picking season.
> The Taproom hosts special events throughout the year
> Although they do not have a kitchen on-site, they allow outside food and several local restaurants deliver to the Taproom.
What is Bad Seed Cider?
Where is this Hudson Valley Cider Co?
Based in Highland, NY, Bad Seed Cider crafts its cider from 100% fresh-pressed NY State apples.
According to their Website:
“Albert was a 6th generation apple farmer and Devin enjoyed brewing and fermenting anything that sounded like it had promise to make a tasty beverage. But ever since the summer of 2011, when these two childhood friends banded together with meager savings and a love of cider, they have been crafting, selling and talking everything cider. It’s their past time, their passion, their life.”
What makes this Hudson Valley Cider place so special?
Once you drink this cider you can taste their passion in every sip of their delicious ciders.
During our visit, we were lucky enough to sample 8 different ciders.
The Groupon was for 2 Flights with 4 samples each, so following the advice of the Cider master, we decided to sample 8 out of the 10 varieties listed on the board in the taproom.
The Tap Room itself was so much fun! As we enjoyed our Cider Flights, we played several peg games and also tried our hand at the Tikki Toss.
Needless to say, we will need to visit more often so we can master this fun game. Check out the fun video below:
The Tap Room is pictured below, where you can see that there is plenty of sitting space, as well as being open and airy. The ambiance was casual.
We were surprised to see the following games available for their guests to use:
– The aforementioned: ‘Tikki Toss’
– Connect Four
– Solid Wood Brain Teaser Peg Games
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Where can one have this delicious Hudson Valley Cider?
Wilklow Orchards, in Highland, NY, is the Home-base for this wonderful Cidery.
For six generations, the Wilklows’ have grown apples in the Hudson Valley. I was excited to find out that the Orchard & Farm are open from Labor day weekend to October 31st, 9 – 5 daily, every year for apple & pumpkin picking.
I’m already planning our fall Apple-Picking trip, so we can enjoy the apples used in the delicious ciders made by Bad Seed Cider Company. In the Fall, make a day of it and visit both Wilklow Orchards & Farm and the Bad Seed Cider Tap Room. Win-win!
Days & Times to Visit
The Tap Room is open:
> Friday: 5-10 pm
> Saturday: 12 – 7 pm
> Sunday: 12-6 pm
A Few Things to Know Before Visiting Bad Seed Cider Company:
- With over 20 taps available, this is an ideal place for anyone who loves hard cider
- This is a Child and Puppy–Friendly Establishment
- They host several events throughout the Year (Check website for more information)
- They also host Private Parties and Weddings
- Outside food is allowed, so you can enjoy food with their delicious ciders
Are there other places that make Hudson Valley Cider?
If you’re a hard cider connoisseur, then you should also check out:
> Angry Orchard
This is a popular place and one that is on my shortlist to visit.
In conclusion, Make sure you stop by and check out this local Hudson Valley place that not only offers its visitors a great place to unwind but also offers a delicious variety of Hard Ciders.
So, What’s the Secret to Enjoying Hard Cider in the Hudson Valley?
It’s Enjoying it with friends or a significant other…
Bad Seed Cider Company is located at 43 Baileys Gap Road, Highland, NY.
Visitors should plan for a visit of an hour or more.
For current hours and more information, please check out their website.
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