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The Ultimate Guide to Cider in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Morgan Culhane

Published on October 8, 2021

Apple orchards have been plentiful for hundreds of years, and with apples comes apple cider. This seasonal drink has always been a fall favorite, but now cider is trending more than ever before. Why? One word. Alcohol.

The hard cider industry is growing with zero signs of slowing down, and there’s research to prove it. More and more people are becoming interested in hard cider, and locally we are seeing an increased presence. Which is why we put together this special guide for our fellow cider connoisseurs. Also, because #fall.

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1. Becker Farms

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067 / beckerfarms.com

Type: Both Non-alcoholic cider and Hard cider

Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards is a 5th Generation family owned 340 acre working fruit and vegetable farm that serves up quite an ultimate autumn experience including pumpkins, farm animals, activities for kids, food, fresh-made donuts and cider, apple picking, live music, and more. The cider and donut stand is a must-visit while you’re here, plus Becker Brewing has 6 different hard ciders available, all produced on the farm.

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2. OSB Ciderworks (Buffalo)

517 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203 / osbciderworks.com

Type: Hard Cider

Known for their outrageous cider creations, this Main Street cidery offers some pretty out-there concoctions in terms of flavors. OSB Buffalo is all about having fun with alcohol, and it shows. With cider names like Cherry Cherry Why Ya Buggin? and Matcha Man Apple Savage, it’s easy to see that fun comes first here. They even have a beef-on-weck cider!

At the Buffalo OSB location, the personality and good vibes go far beyond clever cider names. Wakeboarding is the theme: from a massive wave mural with an actual wakeboard embedded in it, to a sick sticker wall that will give your cool GenX aunt flashbacks of Warped Tour ‘97.

Read more of our coverage on their opening >

Coming soon – Buffalo Cider Hall x BlackBird CiderWorks / Photo courtesy of BlackBird Cider Works

3. BlackBird Cider Works

8503 Lower Lake Rd, Barker, NY / 155 Chandler St, Suite 4, Buffalo, NY / blackbirdciders.com

Type: Hard cider

The Buffalo Cider Hall by Black Bird Cider was a welcomed addition to the Black Rock neighborhood. Cider drinkers can drink a handful of BlackBird varieties on draft as well as New York State guest ciders. The apples are locally grown in Barker. This is where you’ll find the original tasting room that overlooks Lake Ontario. Talk about orchard to glass! This tasting room is open year round, so stop by for a tasting or plan ahead to schedule a private orchard tour. Day trip, anyone?

4. East Aurora Brewery

667 Oakwood Ave, East Aurora, NY / eastaurorabrewery.com

Type: Hard cider

This certified farm brewery has a hyper-local status, meaning they grow, source, and brew in the town of Aurora. When breweries have a tasty cider selection, your cider drinking friends (that’s me) will be super thankful. Drinkers can look forward to a cider of the Loganberry variety at this particular tasting room. Fun fact: East Aurora Brewery is the originator of Loganberry hard cider.

5. Steampunk Cider @ Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

10609 Ridge Road (Route 104) in Medina, NY 14103 / oakeswinery.com

Type: Hard cider

Make your way to the Leonard Oakes tasting room for a glass of Steampunk cider. This brand is brewed by Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and comes in new and different flavors. For example, think cider crossed with a sour fruit beer. That’s the Steampunk Pit of Despair.

6. SteamPunk Cider Bar & Bottle Shop in the Barrel Factory

65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / barrelfactory.com

Type: Hard Cider

Located in the Barrel Factory, Bar Cultivar is a cider-centric bar and bottle shop, rooted since 1919 with its fourth generation apple farmers based out of SteamPunk Cider. At Bar Cultivar you’ll find a wide variety of local and international Ciders, Wines from Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Beer from Pressure Drop Brewing, and Cocktails featuring New York State distilled spirits.

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7. Blackman Cider Company

4472 Thrall Rd, Lockport, NY / blackmancider.com

Type: Hard cider

This six-generation family farm is rooted in tradition. The origin story begins around the kitchen table where family and friends gathered to enjoy a small batch of hard cider at the end of each year’s harvest. Fast forward to today, and this family farm is preserving long-time tradition while introducing creative styles featuring hops, ginger, and sparkling rosé. Blackman Homestead Farm is open for the season with daily apple picking. You’ll also find natural fruit juices, butters, sauces, and fillings inside the Apple Shed. From the tasting room to the apple orchard, there’s fall fun for everyone!

8. Company B Tasting Room

1250 Niagara St. Buffalo NY / companybtastingroom.com

Type: Hard Cider

The aforementioned Blackman Cider Company opened a tasting room on Niagara Street in Buffalo complete with a market of goodies to accompany their hard ciders. Company B has rustic country vibes set inside an old factory building and aims to give visitors a taste of great food and drinks in a warm, open atmosphere, morning, afternoon, and night. In addition to serving as the the tasting room for Blackman Cider and Bootleg Bucha they also offer a wide selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits both to enjoy at the bar and to purchase in the bottle shop.

9. Clarksburg Cider

4493 Walden Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086 / clarksburgcider.com

Type: Hard Cider

At Clarksburg Cider’s brand new taproom in Lancaster, you’ll find a wide range of ciders available along with wood-fired pizzas, craft cocktails, craft beer, wine and even a kids menu. Outside, the large patio is the perfect space for everything from kids games to live music to weddings. They can ciders as well has serve 6 ciders on tap at the taproom.

10. Mayer Brothers Cider Mill

1540 Seneca Creek Rd, West Seneca, NY / mayerbrothers.com

Type: Non-alcoholic cider

A visit to the Ol’ Cider Mill store is a yearly requirement. A trip here is about more than just apples. Apple slushies anyone? How about horse-drawn wagon rides? If you are ready to get your fall on, head here.

11. Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill

4960 Mapleton Rd, Lockport, NY / smithsorchard.com

Type: Non-alcoholic cider

Love them apples at Smith’s– they are kicking the picking season off with Macintosh, and progressing to Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin, and Ida Red. Spoiler alert– they now have yummy cider donuts to go with their cider slushies!

12. Cherry Bank Farm Cider Mill

5140 Townline Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132 / cherrybankfarm.com

Type: Non-alcoholic

Cherry Bank Farm Cider Mill and Bakery making sweet fresh apple cider since 1944. This is a seasonal business.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/morganculhane/" target="_self">Morgan Culhane</a>

Written by Morgan Culhane

Morgan is a storyteller with a passion for exploring Buffalo's food and beverage scene. She enjoys drinking craft beer so much that she started a business dedicated to promoting this industry. As the co-founder of Content on Draft, she develops social media marketing strategies for craft beverage companies in Buffalo and beyond… and she loves it!
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