Most everyone knows the East End has great wine and even an emerging craft beer industry, but it should also be known that the East End's apple harvest makes for some of the tastiest hard apple cider around. Here are three places to find some apple cider with an alcoholic twist.
Located on Route 25 in Aquebogue, the 23-year-old Woodside Orchards not only offers 20 varieties of u-pick apples, apple pies and apple cider, but also hard cider in four styles: traditional, traditional sweet, Apple Raspberry and cinnamon apple. Before you buy, you can even taste the flavors during your visit to the farm. The farm is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
With locations in Mattituck and Cutchogue, Lieb Cellars has just started selling its new hard cider, called the Rumor Mill. The hard cider is made with apples grown at nearby Briermere Farm in Riverhead and pressed at the Jericho Cider Mill. Tasting is available at both of Lieb Cellars North Fork locations and costs $13 a bottle. The winery will also be holding a cider release party on Oct. 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at their Cutchogue location.
Wolffer Estate, located at 139 Sagg Road in Sagaponack, has just released two types of sparkling cider — Wolffer No. 139 Dry White Cider and Wolffer No. 139 Dry Rose Cider, which are made from apples grown at White Cap Farm in Bridgehampton. Aside from purchasing the cider at Wolffer Estate, it is also available at the Sag Harbor Farmers Market and the Cuddy in Sag Harbor.
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