Ryan Burk, head cider maker
THE CIDER MAKERS at Angry Orchard have been experimenting with apple varieties, ingredients and the aging process to develop hard cider recipes for more than 20 years. The cider making team has traveled the world to find the best apples for cider making and to choose specific varieties based on each cider’s desired flavor profile.
In fall 2015, Angry Orchard opened a home for research and development. The Cider House sits on a 60-acre apple orchard in Walden, NY. Here, the cider makers research and drive experimentation, and drinkers are invited to visit and experience the exclusive ciders made on-site and some of the national favorites. Despite the recent growth of hard cider in the U.S., and the prevalence of cider in the Hudson Valley, the category is still small and relatively unknown. Angry Orchard is committed to drinker education and awareness-building to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.
Angry Orchard now offers guided tours of the Angry Orchard Tree House built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, and guided tours of the Barrel Room. After your tour and flight you can enjoy draft ciders from Angry Orchard’s changing draft rotation.
During 2020, the Cider House will be undergoing renovations. Although the Cider House is only 5 years old, it is being renovated to better accommodate guests and better their experience. First, a brand-new bar area will be created on the top floor of the building where guests can purchase and sample various Walden exclusive ciders, as well as national core styles, all while overlooking the pressing room and cellar. Once the
new lounge area is ready, revamping will begin on the current taproom which looks
out at a cozy firepit and amazing view of the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge.
Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a crisp and refreshing fruit-forward cider that blends the sweetness of culinary apples with dryness and bright acidity from bittersweet apples for a balanced flavor profile.
Angry Orchard will be offering guided tours of the Barrel Room and the Angry Orchard Tree House built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters. After the tour and cider tastings, guests can enjoy draft ciders from Angry Orchard’s changing draft rotation. For more information, tour reservations, and events visit www.angryorchard.com/our-orchard. To find locations where Angry Orchard hard cider is served, visit the “cider finder” at www.angryorchard.com/locations.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Crisp Apple Unfiltered
In America, cider was once more popular than beer. Before Prohibition, many Americans pressed their own cider. Angry Orchard Unfiltered is an homage to traditional American Cider with a natural mouthfeel and a less sweet, fresh apple taste. It is made with bittersweet apples, the gold standard in cider making.
Wed, Thurs, Sun: 11am–6pm
New Year’s Day, Easter,
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
MEET THE Cider MAKER
Ryan Burk is Angry Orchard’s head cider maker, based on-site at the Angry Orchard in the Hudson Valley. Ryan’s New York roots run deep. He grew up in Upstate New York and began hanging out on orchards around age six. He has always been interested in making cider and brewing beer, and experimented with both of these crafts during college and even after.
Prior to joining the Angry Orchard team, Ryan racked up years of professional craft cider making experience, with a particular focus on cider barrel aging and varying fermentation processes.