In cider: Celebrate fruity booze at Cider Week NYC

Pour little rich boy: Peter Yi, right, will pour cider from the giant barrels at Brooklyn Cider House during the "Meet the Makers" feast on Nov. 10.
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How do you like these apples?

A celebration of cider will wash over Brooklyn this week, with tastings and special events happening all over the borough. Cider Week New York City, running Nov. 9– will bring almost 30 alcoholic apple juice producers from New York state to the County of Kings to offer their wares, along with a few cideries from across the globe.

Here are some of the week’s best events, pouring here in Brooklyn.

CiderFeast NYC

Sample ciders and get your fill of cured meats, cheeses, and apple pies at this all-inclusive party, which kicks off Brooklyn’s cider week. There will be 15 brands of cider offering samples, including two Spanish and two French varieties, and British cider expert James Rich will be there with his book “Apples: Recipes from the Orchard.” Add in music from the Dusty Wright Band, and you’ve got a full afternoon!

CiderFeast NYC at Biba (110 Kent Ave. at N. Eighth Street in Williamsburg, Nov. 9; 1–4 pm. $55.

Meet the Makers, part one

Head to a giant beer hall to meet reps from Lindner’s Cider, Aval Cider, and Aspall Cyder, who will talk about what makes their varieties special and offer small samples — but if you want more, you will have to buy it!

Meet the Makers at Radegast Hall and Biergarten [113 N 3rd St. at Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3973,]. Nov. 10; 1–4 pm. Free.

Meet the Makers, part two

Pair your ciders with food at this evening feast: a five-course meal, each paired with a different cider made in New York state! Representatives from Metal House Cider, New York Cider Company, Westwind Orchard, Slyboro, and host Peter Yi, of Brooklyn Cider House, will introduce their brews before you throw them down.

Meet the Makers at Brooklyn Cider House [1100 Flushing Ave. between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, (347) 295–0308,]. Nov. 10 at 6 pm. $85.


Go for the Gold-en apple! This fun party at taco spot Chilo’s will offer each visitor two tacos, unlimited ciders from Eden and East Hollow, and a chance for glory in a fruity, boozy sports competitiona, with games that include a long pour contest, and “Nerf William Tell.”

Cider-lympics at Chilo’s [323 Franklin Ave. at Clifton Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 676–5245, Nov. 11; 5–11 pm. $25.

Bushwick Hard Cider Festival

Close out Cider Week with a return to Brooklyn Cider House! This tasting festival will feature more 20 cideries, each offering two or three varieties of their delicious apple drinks. You can buy food from the kitchen or from several food vendors who will set up in front of the barrels, and there will be live music all day!

Hard Cider Festival at Brooklyn Cider House [1100 Flushing Ave. between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, (347) 295–0308,]. Nov. 17; 11 am–1:30 pm and 2–4:30 pm. $12.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 7:26 pm, November 6, 2019
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