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Old 05-03-2012, 01:19 AM   #1
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Good news on the home front. Last month I was offered (and accepted) an assistant position at Bellwether Hard Cider, a regional cidery started by some friends of my parents (and former home cidermakers) where I've occasionally helped out over the years. This new position is a mix of sales/marketing along with production work, with a focus on cider research and product development. Been learning a lot about how professional and home cider making are incredibly similar and yet hugely different.

I wanted to spread the love and extend an invitation to all HBTers who find themselves in upstate New York. Shoot me a PM and we can arrange a tour, talk cider and maybe swap home-cider.

Here's a pic of me with my eyes closed with some of my new toys.

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Old 05-03-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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Where is the cidery located? I vacation to Keuka and have relatives in Corning. I look forward to stopping by this summer!

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:22 AM   #3
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My wife and I are doing a finger lakes wine tour end of June....Would love to stop in.

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:38 AM   #4
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Where is the cidery located? I vacation to Keuka and have relatives in Corning. I look forward to stopping by this summer!
9070 Route 89 in Trumansburg, NY. Not too far from either. Love me some Keuka lake, so beautiful!

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My wife and I are doing a finger lakes wine tour end of June....Would love to stop in.
Please do! Feel free to shoot me a PM and we can connect.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:17 AM   #5
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Just went there yesterday qnd the cherry cider was exactly what I want! The black currant was also good!

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Old 05-03-2012, 05:19 AM   #6
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Bill is a great guy and answered a lot of my questions

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:33 AM   #7
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wow- congrats! we may need more photos come pressing time

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:03 AM   #8
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I want a tour! Im from wny but visit uny almost all summer lol!
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:43 PM   #9
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Just went there yesterday qnd the cherry cider was exactly what I want! The black currant was also good! Bill is a great guy and answered a lot of my questions
Darn we just missed each other! I was working my PT job yesterday. Bill really is a fantastic person and very open with information.

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wow- congrats! we may need more photos come pressing time
Currently we're a juice only operation and contract out our apple pressing. I'll see if I can get some pics of processing currants this year though. Meantime, here is a video of one of our suppliers pressing sweet cider. http://www.cornell.edu/video/?videoid=955

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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I just bought a couple bottles of Bellwether last week.
Excellent stuff!!
Plus I get a couple more champagne bottles to re-use for my cider.

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