Autumn heralds the arrival of cozy hot chocolate season, and for beer lovers the change in temperature means the wish for pint glasses filled with pumpkin ale. But there is also a less well-known liquid treat come fall: hard cider. New York State teems with quality apple orchards, and the fruit is magically transformed into a boozy, crisp, tart beverage that can be savored with food or on its own. Make your way through sample after sample by attending Cider Week NYC (October 20-29)—presented by the New York Cider Association and the sustainable farming non-profit Glynwood—when the festivities include a bevy of tastings, dinners, and classes. The week kicks off with a tasting at Eataly, featuring cider houses like Brooklyn Cider House and Descendant Cider from Queens, alongside breweries and farm-raised chicken schnitzel. Head to Brooklyn for the grand opening of Hudson Valley’s Bad Seed satellite taproom in Crown Heights, hit the tasting of over 30 heirloom apple varieties from Original Sin’s Upstate orchard at City Swiggers, and try ciders from Spain, France, and the UK during Ciderfeast at the Jimmy’s No. 43 pop-up at Brooklyn Kitchen.
Photo credits: Julia Gillard