From Graft to Glass, We Serve Cider

Founded by pioneering New York cider makers with leadership from agricultural non-profit Glynwood, the New York Cider Association was created in 2015 to foster community amongst and act as the collective voice and organizing body for apple growers and cider makers throughout the state.


MissioN

The mission of the NYCA is to:
 • support producers of fermented cider and the New York cider making industry in its vital role as an economic engine for agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism;
• build a market for New York cider made from New York apples;
• advocate for the New York cider industry through education, research, and communication; promote New York State as a world class cider producing region;
• and support the work of regional cider alliances within New York State.


Activities in 2019

Research & Education Committee  

  • Develop a certification process and continue to refine tannin thresholds for our Orchard Based Dryness Scale

Marketing Committee

  • Build a campaign for our New York Cider brand identity including

  • Launch the inaugural New York Cider Competition

  • Plan a Northeastern Cider Conference

  • Produce CWHV, CWWNY, CWFLX, and CWNYC

Legislative Committee

  • Advance active legislation initiated by NYCA that will allow cider producers to tap into the $1.6B DTC sales that small wineries (>50K cases) saw in 2016

  • Work with Senator Schumer to overturn TTB recommendations for label requirement changes


Our Leadership

Left to right: (back) Alejandro del Peral (Nine Pin Cider), Ian Merwin (Black Diamond Cider), Steve Pennings (Pennings Farm Cidery), Dave DeFisher (Rootstock Ciderworks), Jonathan Oakes (Steampunk Cider), Jacob Lagoner (Embark Craft Ciderworks), Christine Sisler ( Merchant’s Daughter Cider) , Jenn Smith (NYCA Executive Director), Karl duHoffmann (Orchard Hill Cider Mill; (front) Jamie Corrao (Angry Orchard), Natalie Baris (Red Jacket Orchard), Elizabeth Ryan (Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider); (not pictured) Ex Officio Board Members Megan Larmer (Glynwood), Julie Suarez (Cornell University)

Left to right: (back) Alejandro del Peral (Nine Pin Cider), Ian Merwin (Black Diamond Cider), Steve Pennings (Pennings Farm Cidery), Dave DeFisher (Rootstock Ciderworks), Jonathan Oakes (Steampunk Cider), Jacob Lagoner (Embark Craft Ciderworks), Christine Sisler (Merchant’s Daughter Cider), Jenn Smith (NYCA Executive Director), Karl duHoffmann (Orchard Hill Cider Mill; (front) Jamie Corrao (Angry Orchard), Natalie Baris (Red Jacket Orchard), Elizabeth Ryan (Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider); (not pictured) Ex Officio Board Members Megan Larmer (Glynwood), Julie Suarez (Cornell University)

At our inaugural General Meeting in February 2016 we elected a Board of Directors primarily composed of growers and makers. One-third of the Board positions will be up for election each year; elections take place in person at our annual General Meeting. Our Board shares an interest in promoting the cider industry and a passion for fine cider.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

  • President: David DeFisher, Rootstock Ciderworks/DeFisher Fruit Farms, Williamson, NY

  • Treasurer: Christine Sisler, Merchant’s Daughter Cider, Purdy’s NY

  • Natalie Baris, Red Jacket Orchard, Geneva, NY

  • Jamie Corrao, Angry Orchard, Walden, NY

  • Alejandro del Peral, Nine Pin Cider, Albany, NY

  • Karl duHoffmann, Orchard Hill Cider Mill, New Hampton, NY

  • Jake Lagoner, Embark Craft Cider Works, Williamson, NY

  • Megan Larmer, Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY

  • Ian Merwin, Black Diamond Cider, Trumansburg, NY

  • Steve Pennings, Pennings Farm Cider

  • Julie Suarez, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY



NYCA on New York Cider

Sonya del Peral explores the world of the cider industry in New York State with Karl duHoffmann from Orchard Hill Cider Mill.
Sonya del Peral welcomes Jenn Smith, Executive Director of the New York Cider Association.

Sonya del Peral explores New York State Cider with Ian Merwin, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Black Diamond Farm.


Founding Sponsor

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The formation of the NYCA was envisioned and supported as an initiative of The Cider Project, part of Glynwood's Hudson Valley Food program. We are grateful to Glynwood for its ongoing support.