Nine Pin Cider is our pick

Nine Pin Cider is an appeeling stop on the Erie Canalway Trail for many bicycle riders. The cidery and tasting room is a Bike Friendly New York business worth visiting. 

Nine Pin Cider is New York state’s first farm cidery. It was founded in 2013 by Alejandro del Peral and has grown bigger and better every year. They exclusively use apples and fruit from New York’s Capitol region and Hudson Valley orchards. Their high quality ciders are known for having a ‘balanced flavor with a clean and pleasantly drinkable finish’. Need more convincing? Although the tasting room is a recommended stop on the trail, you can try them out at home. Their products can be found across the state where hard drinks are sold and in Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

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The Nine Pin Cider cidery and tasting room at 929 Broadway in Albany | Photo courtesy of Nine Pin Cider

The cidery became a certified Bike Friendly New York business in May 2018. Conveniently located blocks away from the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail, the business has many two-wheeled customers. When they initially opened their tasting room in 2014, they “quickly discovered how many in the area depend on sustainable transportation – particularly bicycles – to get in and around the city” and recognized them as appreciated patrons. Sunnier afternoons particularly draw people to ride bicycles, which are often rented from a bike share, to their business to cool off with a cider. 

During the warmer weather months, you can often find a number of bicycles parked outside of the cidery, including customers who subscribe to CDPHP Cycle, the region’s public bike share program. Having a bike share makes it easier for customers to ditch the car and venture downtown to the cidery by healthy and economical means of transportation.

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Bicyclists at The Great Cider Cycle | Photo courtesy of Nine Pin Cider

Bike Friendly New York certified food or drink service businesses like Nine Pin Cider must have identified bike parking areas, knowledge of local cycling routes, and healthy options available as well as one other amenity to bicyclists. However, Nine Pin goes the extra mile by planning bike rides with other local businesses. This August and September, Nine Pin Cider organized the group ride ‘The Great Cider Cycle’.

The Great Cider Cycle began with a ride on the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail to The Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream shop in Troy where participants enjoyed a serving of ice cream. Cyclists returned to the Nine Pin tasting room to receive a 12 ounce pour of cold cider. Not only did riders have fun, they also were also exposed to the trail. “The ride showcases the improvements that have been made to support infrastructure for bicycles and pedestrians, and also highlights where we need better connectivity and safety improvements along our riverfront”. 

Nine Pin Cider is a proud Bike Friendly New York business. The Bike Friendly New York program certifies accommodation, retail, and food businesses and other establishments that accommodate to people who ride bicycles. Businesses that help enhance cycling experiences and promote two-wheeled transit are recognized through this program. Over 130 businesses across the state are now signed up as welcoming self-propelled customers. 

Nine Pin Cider is located at 929 Broadway in Albany, NY. For more “in-cider” information about Nine Pin Cider, you can go to their website ninepincider.com.

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