08/25/15 2:53pm
Ciders available at Woodside Orchards include their traditional, rasberry and lemon-apple ciders. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Ciders available at Woodside Orchards include their traditional, rasberry and lemon-apple ciders.
(Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Dry, crisp, fruity and clean. The words usually used when talking about a North Fork white wine can also describe another popular East End beverage — hard cider.

Time Magazine has already called it America’s fastest growing alcoholic beverage. And in just two years the industry’s growth nearly tripled, from 9.4 million gallons in 2011 to 32 million gallons in 2013, according to figures provided by The Beer Institute to The Oregonian.

In that time, Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue has made a name for itself as the only North Fork venue focused on hard cider. (more…)

10/05/14 9:00am
The third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

The third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Cider lovers, many in cheap plastic ponchos or clutching soaked umbrellas, braved the rain to enjoy the apple-derived beverage of the fall for the third annual Pour the Core hard cider festival at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue on Saturday. (more…)

08/16/14 11:00am
Lieb Cellar's 'Rumor Mill' is the North Fork winery's first hard cider. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lieb Cellar’s ‘Rumor Mill’ is the North Fork winery’s first hard cider. (Credit: Paul Squire)

After a winter of planning and taste testing, Lieb Cellars has become the latest East End winery to join the hard cider game.

“Rumor Mill,” a dry sparkling hard cider made using the same method as Lieb’s wines, was released Monday. (more…)