Cooperstown/Otsego County, NY is home to some amazing craft beverage-makers, and their fall drink game is oh-so-strong. Does the thought of fresh-pressed apple cider make you thirsty? Head to Cooperstown and try some of our favorites.
Cooperstown has several family-owned cider mills, where they turn New York state's great apples into even better cider. Check out Willy's Farm and Cider Mill for apple deliciousness, pies, pumpkins, and a corn maze. Head to Dyn's, where they custom press apples, sell New York state cheese and maple syrup, and serve Sunday breakfast and Wednesday dinner. Watch old-fashioned cider making at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and pick up a bag of mulling spice to make your house smell like the essence of autumn.
Brewery Ommegang, well known for its Belgian-style beer, teamed up with Albany-based Nine Pin Cider Works to create The Lion's Share, a hard cider that's fermented with Ommegang's Belgian yeast. This tasty fall treat is only sold at Brewery Ommegang and Nine Pin Cider Works, so pick some up to take home!
There are so many great wineries and breweries in Cooperstown/Otsego County, it's tough to know where to start. Try the Vienna Lager from Council Rock Brewery, the Amber Ale and limited edition Induction Ale from Cooperstown Brewing Company, and Brewery Ommegang's Gnomegang. Prefer wine? Check out Three Hamlets dry red from Pail Shop Vineyards is a must try, as is the Untamed White of Rustic Ridge Winery. And, don't forget Fly Creek Cider Mill's apple and iced wines for a sweet treat.
Ok, so technically this is a holiday drink, but we think there's no harm in making wassail once the weather gets chilly. There are a lot of variations on this medieval drink, but the basic recipe calls apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, and every fall spice you can think of. Learn how to make your own during one of the wassailing weekends at The Farmers' Museum. Want to turn it into a cocktail? Add some rum or bourbon at home.