Cider 101

Sat, Oct 8th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Click here for tickets!


In this class, we’ll take a cider-tasting tour. Starting in Europe, we’ll explore the dry and restrained Spanish sidras, rustic French cidres, and the sharp and strong ciders of the UK. From there we’ll hop over the pond to the Americas, to try several more styles of domestically produced offerings. We’ll trace the history of cider production from Europe to the United States, through the challenges of Prohibition to the resurgence of a formidable artisan cider-making movement in New York’s own backyard.

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of the unique production techniques used to make cider.
  • A brief historical background of cider production in Europe and America.
  • An introduction to the major types of cider apples.
  • A primer on the different styles represented (dry to dessert).
  • Explore, through tasting, the flavor profile of the ciders presented.
  • Learn how to select ciders based on your preferences.

Guests Will Receive:

  • One welcome wine.
  • Six tasting pours of cider.
  • Palate-cleansing bread and cheese.
  • Two hours of education, including time for Q&A with an Astor Center instructor.