No doubt that if you’ve been out-and-about dining and drinking anywhere in Western New York lately, you’ve most likely come upon guest taps pouring BlackBird Cider Works award-winning, hard ciders. Have you tried any of them yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

Located along the Niagara Wine Trail south of Lake Ontario, BlackBird Cider Works is a relaxing, leisurely, scenic drive no matter from which direction you are coming. Just north of the Village of Barker, NY and tucked among the orchards and farms of Niagara County on Lower Lake Road is where you’ll find a red and white, meticulously renovated New England style barn which is home to this farm cidery.


Hard cider was once the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States dating as far back as the seventeenth century when the first cider apples were planted by the colonists in New England using imported seeds. However, cider practically vanished during Prohibition when many cider orchards were burned to the ground. Even after the repeal in 1933, hard cider never reclaimed it’s dominance of the adult beverage industry. By the early 20th century, most Americans had turned their attentions and palates to beer.bbcwtanks

Fast forward to present day where BlackBird Cider Works is leading the charge of the hard cider comeback in Western New York crafting a dozen different hard ciders. They are all naturally gluten free and produced using apples grown in their own orchard. With a variety of refreshing collections including Organic, Classic, Heritage, and Signature ranging from dry to sweet and many diverse variations in between, it’s good to know that you don’t need to be an expert before visiting their tasting room. Open 7 days a week, there is always friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable staff on site to help find the right cider for you.

BlackBird Cider Works offers tastings, tours, growler fills, and bottle sales on site. The tasting area is open, airy, and accommodating giving everyone a chance to feel comfortable and relaxed. This is nothing like the cider you remember Mom pouring for you on a rainy Autumn day. If that is the last time you drank cider, cherish those memories then gather up some family or friends, and visit BlackBird Cider Works. What they are crafting here is  hard ciders that are cool, sophisticated, mature, and modern. Discover why BlackBird Cider Works has proven themselves to be Western New York’s Artisan of the Orchard!

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