Photos: Wine? Beer? Hard cider is the drink of choice

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO  |  The second annual Pour the Core hard cider festival was held Saturday.

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | The second annual Pour the Core hard cider festival was held Saturday.

Apple season has never tasted so good on the North Fork. The second annual Pour the Core hard cider festival drew more than 2,000 people to Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue Saturday. For more photos, check out our Storify roundup of your Instagram photos.

Long Island purveyors like Woodside Orchards, Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Standard Cider Company represented a few of the 30 brands of crisp, refreshing brews made from fermented apples.

Following in the footsteps of craft beer, hard cider is more popular than ever, enjoying a steady fan base in all parts of the country. Pour the Core co-organizer and spokesperson Lynda Calimano credits the growing popularity of local brews for doubling the turnout this year.

“It was a great day,” she said. “We had a great showing of local cideries and breweries.”

Check out scenes from the event below.