- Nov. 2, 2016
-- Kaneb Orchards wins Gold with two hard ciders in 2016 World Cider Championships sponsored by Tastings.com!
A small apple orchard in Northern NY near the Canadian border has been making waves in the ever growing popularity of hard cider. The companies Cranberry Crisp Cider and St Lawrence Cider both won Gold in the recent competition. This is the third year since Kaneb Orchards started producing hard cider, that the family owned orchard has consistently placed at the top of many competitions around the globe. Producing small batched cider that is easy to drink and easy on the palate. The initial goal behind the now four ciders Kaneb Orchards makes, is to make a cider that everyone will want to drink and to educate the public on the popular drink.
Over 50 years ago, the elder Edward Kaneb started planting apples trees as a hobby. The trees produced high quality apples and were plentiful, the family sold to local cider mills for pressing. Years of trucking the apples to other parts of NY got expensive with fuel costs, so in 2009 they made the decision to start pressing their own cider. Edward Kaneb Jr and his sister Elizabeth Kaneb invested in equipment took classes and got their feet wet in cider pressing and bottling fresh cider. With over 35 varieties of apples the cidery began making delicious and popular fresh cider.
With the popularity and resurgence of hard cider, the next step was to learn the craft of making hard cider. After classes for hard cider making at Cornell University, under the direction of Peter Mitchell, they fermented their first batches of hard cider. Experimenting with different apples, yeast and blending, the company began bottling. The first of two ciders released were St. Lawrence Cider, a medium sweet apple cider with 5% ABV that is a clear, crisp elegant cider. The second cider released was the Cranberry Crisp Cider with 5% ABV. The proximity to a large local cranberry bog helped make this cider possible. Kaneb Orchards presses the fresh cranberries into juice and then blends with the fermented cider. This ever popular medium sweet, refreshing and mouthwatering cranberry flavor cider has excellent balance.
In 2016 Kaneb Orchards Hard Cider has won Gold at competitions around the country including the NY Food & Wine Classic, NY State Fair, Drink Outside the Grape, The Big E Northeast, Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition, Indy International Wine Competition. Their cider is available to purchase in New York at Liquor & Wine stores and restaurants. Availability is listed on the company's website at www.kaneborchards.com
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