The increasing popularity of Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards’ 1911 hard cider brand means the company needs to fill more bottles, faster.
So it’s building a new 15,000-square-foot hard cider production and bottling facility across from its Apple Hill campus on Route 80. It should be open by midsummer, Beak & Skiff spokeswoman Danielle Fleckenstein said.
Beak & Skiff’s Steve Morse began producing hard cider and wine in 2001, but only started major off-premises sales in 2013.
The hard cider segment of the alcoholic beverage market has been booming nationwide. Anheuser-Busch just launched its new Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider, made exclusively at its Baldwinsville plant, and the number of craft hard cider makers in the state continues to grow.
Beak & Skiff’s Apple Hill campus had major renovations and expansion last summer. The campus, which opens for the season on May 2, has a bar and restaurant serving Beak & Skiff’s hard ciders, wine, vodka and gin.
“We hope the new (cider bottling facility) will become part of the tours, so people can see how we do it, just like touring a brewery,” Fleckenstein said.
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