Beak and Skiff, an orchard established in 1911, is rooted in LaFayette, New York just south of Syracuse. Beak and Skiff has grown apples for over 100 years, diversifying to ferment hard cider in 2001.
Using estate-grown fruit, the cidery now has 5 hard ciders ranging in style from dry to sweet to fruited. We picked up a single sized bottle priced at $3.00. What a joy, we didn’t have to share it! The color was a cheerful pink blush. The nose was rich with blueberry pie- ripe fruit and pastry crust. The texture was clean and the bubbles enjoyable. On the palate we found this cider is on the fuller-flavor side with a tinge of sweetness – ripe apple, apple skin and more blueberry fruit.
We’d recommend sipping on this paired
with a creamy dessert – cannoli, pumpkin pie, or a lemon bar or for the savory side, choose something crisp and salty- deep fried potato chips, warm cornbread dressed with a fried egg (and a side of bacon), roasted kale chips with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast, or our own beet and carrot latkes.