The Awestruck team is committed to crafting complex, delicious hard ciders by blending fresh-pressed New York State apples with natural herbs, spices, and a dash of ingenuity. The focus is not only on innovation and creativity in crafting ciders – they also strive to create a flavor experience! Each and every apple in their blends specifically loves you, and they’ve all come together to help improve your day.
All Awestruck ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed New York State apple juice – straight from the orchard, never from concentrate! The Awestruck team use a special blend of the Empire State’s finest eating apples – MacIntosh, Mutsu, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, 20 Ouncers, Braeburn, Winesap, Idared, Cameo, Lady, and more! This is fermented with a unique blend of champagne yeasts, white wine yeasts, and cider yeasts to enhance specific traits from their apple selection. Certain ciders are spiced and flavored with all-natural and unique ingredients to provide layers of sensation in every glass!
Casey Vitti and Patti Wilcox are co-founders, who spent years travelling around the world before Awestruck was even a spark of an idea. On these journeys they discovered the profound delightfulness of fermented fruit juices; the fine art of sleeping in hammocks; and that human beings are at their core, mostly very good. In addition to their discoveries, they tasted regional drinks and foods and found out that what really makes something good is how it makes you feel. This sparked the idea to create a product that would captivate people, stop them in their tracks and show them a glimpse of fun and discovery. With each and every cider they make they aim to do just that.
Awestruck Ciders is invited to visit and enjoy the two locations of the cider! Their first taproom is located within their main production facility in Sidney, NY. Guests are welcome to savor the awesome ciders in a cozy curated space adjacent to the production floor, where they can seek all of the cidery’s equipment. Or, they also can sit aboard the 1973 Blue Bird School bus, situated across from the bar!
In September 2021, they launched their second location – Awestruck Mill – in Walton, NY. The Mill offers a local marketplace atmosphere, with bi-weekly farmer’s markets and a retail shop with all of Awestruck’s ciders along with a selection of local craft beers, wines, and spirits.
The taprooms function as innovation hubs, where each week they release three new flavors for guests to taste and share their feedback on! Guests can also enjoy unique foods each night, prepared by a rotating selection of local chefs, ranging from locally-sourced flatbread pizzas to grass-fed angus beef burgers, and freshly handmade mozzarella cheese.