I’m not a beer snob by any means, but over the past few years my wife and I have made an effort to visit and check out the local breweries and wineries. On this particular week (late August 2017) we checked out a relatively local spot, which many of you have probably heard about. We stayed in Hudson Valley and paid a visit to Angry Orchard in Walden, New York.
The entire experience was awesome!
First off, the weather was on point. It was about 78 degrees, not too humid, a calm breeze kept us cool, and the day was mostly sunny. I’m no weather person so I don’t know if the right term is partly cloudy or mainly sunny. Whatever, check out the pictures or video below and you can see just how beautiful the day was.
As soon as you pull into Angry Orchard you’ll notice a building (it was being worked on while we were there) on the right side, along with a pretty badass treehouse. The treehouse was built by Treehouse Masters (TV show) so if you’re interested in learning more about it, feel free to visit their site. Asides from the treehouse being a treehouse, you can actually go inside and learn about the history of cider, how it’s made, and much more. Here’s a excerpt from Angry Orchard regarding the Innovation Cider House.
At its core, the Innovation Cider House is our playground for experimentation, innovation and pushing the boundaries of what cider can be for US drinkers. We want drinkers to visit and learn about the history of cider, how it’s made, and be able to explore new/experimental cider styles. The new Treehouse is a great place for drinkers to do just that.
The Treehouse overlooks our Orchard, offering visitors an entirely different perspective of our ciders and the Hudson Valley landscape (not to mention a gorgeous view).
And the view is indeed gorgeous. Keep driving past the Innovation Cider House and the main building
springs up on your left side. The building is amazing, but reminds me of a theme park attraction. It was pretty neat.
Notice the angry looking tree-trunk pillars as you walk into the main entrance.
All throughout the building you’ll find rustic decor (to include a big, shiny, red truck), we particularly enjoyed the light fixtures. We took a self-guided tour, and basically walked the path through the halls, taking time to read the signs, check out the artifacts, and play with the interactive screens all throughout.
Once you make it through the main floor, you’ll head down stairs through some spiraling stairs, and walk
through the Barrel room. We noticed the barrels of cider with the dates filled scribed underneath. I wonder how many bottles are actually filled from those barrels. I guess I can figure out how many ounces are in a barrel and divide it by 12 ounces to get the actual number… but “ain’t nobody got time for that.”
As you walk through the barrel room you’ll notice the gift shop section, where the company offers numerous t-shirts, sweaters, glasses, candles, bottle openers, and a bit more. The products were pretty cool AND they prominently displayed their veteran friendliness by offering the military/veteran discount as a Thank You for your service. Pretty awesome.
We participated in a cider tasting, and tried six different ciders. (Three per person, and i think it was
free!) They have picnic tables inside of this building, along with bar tables, and a walk-up bar with cider on tap. We tried a few more items that were available on site, but not yet available for purchase (in bottle or Growler form).
From the dry collection we both enjoyed the Knotty Pear cider. From the Sweet collection we loved the Wooden Hallow. Who would’ve thought the owners of WoodyThings.com were going to choose a ‘wooden’ cider as their favorite? I promise, the name wasn’t the only reason we picked this brew-err, cider.
We enjoyed a glass (or two) outside, and lounged around talking about the trip. As we walked the grounds we noticed that Angry Orchard has a few outdoor games to help pass the time. Corn hole and big block, wooden dominoes to name a few.
Check out this video of our visit:
Of course, there are plenty of lounge chairs, a fire pit, and outdoor spaces for you and your friends to hang out.
As we walked back to the car I spotted a tree with a bunch of apples that looked oh-so-good, but… i was a good boy and respected the posted signage which reminded us this ain’t no pick your own. So, we walked away with a few bottles of liquified apples 😉🙃
Overall the trip was pretty awesome and I encourage you check it out if you happen to be in the Hudson Valley area. Next time I go I’m brining my pair of Angry Orchard Signature Sunglasses. Because, #America! 😎
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