It's officially apple season, y'all! We've received our first batches of summer apples from our growers and Daniel is out doing some select foraging of local crab apples.
This is a question we are asked constantly. And it's probably the hardest question to answer. How do you describe how it all came together?
First of all - when we did start making cider, in our tiny living room in our townhouse in Stapleton, we never dreamed we would build it into a business. It was just a fun hobby that we enjoyed pursuing and a tasty drink that we enjoyed drinking.
The first time we heard about Arcana, we knew it was a restaurant we wanted our cider in. For one, they have one of (if not THE) best cider lists in town. We knew these people really GET cider. They have some excellent and interesting ciders on their menu. But it wasn't only their appreciation for cider that caught our attention - their focus on early-American food history and the hyper local focus on ingredients really jives with our approach.
Most people don't realize where their apples come from, which is not surprising. It seems like Fuji, Red Delicious, Gala... they were always in the grocery store but their story is more complex. First, we will give you a bit of a background on how apples change and propagate, then we will talk about the Esopus Spitzenburg Family Tree.