We produce a line of exceptional farm-based ciders with style and character. Drawing on classic European cider making techniques, our highly drinkable ciders have a robust new world flavor profile. The cidery is based at two beloved Hudson Valley farms, Breezy Hill Orchard near Rhinebeck and Stone Ridge Orchard near New Paltz. The farms are known for their commitment to ecological growing and the production of highly flavored fruit. The orchards produce over 100 varieties of apples and have just planted a dedicated hard cider orchard with a number of traditional cider apples including Dabinett, Bedan, Binet Rouge, Kingston Black, Chisel Jersey, Ashmeads Kernel, and others.
About Elizabeth Ryan and Breezy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill
Hi, I'm Elizabeth Ryan, producer of Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider. I am a renowned fruit grower and cider maker and have studied cider making in Somerset and Hereford in England. I have a degree in Pomology from Cornell University. I made my first barrel of cider there as a student in 1980. I bought Breezy Hill Orchard in Dutchess County in 1984 and have since expanded to operate two more orchards, one of which, is Stone Ridge Orchard in Ulster County. I am one of the founding GrowNYC Greenmarket farmers. I received the Cornucopia award from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and was a Smithsonian Fellow. I was a keynote speaker at the NY State Governor's Alcohol Summit where I pushed policy that would support small-scale hard cider production. We created a line of home brewing kits for the Williams-Sonoma Agrarian collection, including hard cider, mead, wine and sparkling wine. Our new tasting room will be opening soon at Stone Ridge Orchard and we welcome visitors for U-pick in the fall. You can find our cider in farmers markets and at farm-to-table bars and restaurants in NYC and the Hudson Valley.