There was a new cider producer at the event, Yankee Folly Cidery. Bottled in a wine bottle, they just released their first cider with an 8.5% alcohol content.  I think that is on the high side for cider, but I am not the alcohol police. Let’s get down to the taste.

I am not a big cider fan, but when I taste a cider that is on the dry side, I am sold.  This cider isn’t to sweet and isn’t to dry. It has nice soft flavors of apple with a nice effervescence.  It wasn’t overly carbonated and left a nice finish in your mouth.

You can find more information on the cidery at 

Glorie Farm Winery has one of the best growing sites in the Hudson Valley on Mountain Road in Marlboro.  I was excited to taste his 2012 Cab Franc. Nice black cherry flavors and a soft spice on the finish. This wine was aged for 14 months in American oak.  It retails for $19

After the event I went out to dinner with a friend at the Mountain Brauhaus. If you are ever in the Hudson Valley and have a craving for good German food, this is the place!  I was deciding on my beer selection when I spotted Yard Owl Grisette Ale made by Hudson Valley winemaker Kristop Brown.  Kristop is a great winemaker and lives up to the mark of a great brewmaster as well.

His Grisette Ale is light and refreshing.  Not hoppy. I got citrus aromas in the glass with a hint of apples and pears. It’s not to heavy as some beers can be.  I tasted some soft orange flavors with a slight spice.  It didn’t leave a strong aftertaste in your mouth.  I really enjoyed it! It paired very well with our Bavarian Pretzel and the cheese mustard dip that accompanied it.