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Melanie Collins

Co-founder of Cunningham Creek Distributors
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Cider Creek Hard Cider's Trip to La Route du Cidre: Stop 1

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Jul 22, 2014 3:00:00 PM


First location: Bernard LEBREC'S De La Percee

Our first stop was off the cider route, not far from Normandy. If you are headed to Normandy, you'll drive right by Lebrec's. His cidery is inside an old castle, dating back to the 13th century.


Like Cider Creek, Bernard does everything himself. The caveat, he also has his own orchards that have been in the family for generations. He grows, presses, ferments, bottles and labels about 20,000 bottles per year. He gave us a tour of his facility, we saw the fermentation room with fiberglass tanks, the pressing room, his storage room full of old barrels and what seemed like endless shelves of aged cider, and, we even got a sneak peek inside the old archers tower. 

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Topics: Our favorite ciders

Cider Creek Takes over France's La Route du Cidre

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Jul 21, 2014 1:16:00 PM


Cider, cider and more cider:

The staff of Cider Creek Hard Cider just returned from an amazing trip to France. After a short stop in Paris, we spent a week in France's cider region. La Route du Cidre is a 40km route about two hours northwest of Paris and is home to 16 cideries. Cider Creek is often compared to the old world style cider that you can find in France.

So, our mission was to : 

  • To find the cider that tasted most like Cider Creek
  • To learn new techniques
  • Develop new recipes
  • Meet new friends and build lasting relationships
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Topics: Our favorite ciders

Cider Creek Craft Hard Cider Places 2nd at Brewbound Session Boston

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Jun 5, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Last week Thursday, Cider Creek Hard Cider participated in Brewbound Session's Start-Up Brewery Challenge in Boston, MA. Nine brewers competed to win a trip to Portland, OR to brew with Brady Walen and Jack Beiting at Widmer Brothers Brewing. Breweries in the challenge ranged from very small start-ups, like Cider Creek, to publicly listed companies. Cider Creek was the only cidery in the competition.

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Inside Cider Creek Hard Cider's NY Craft Cidery

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Jun 2, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who contributed to our KickStarter Campaign in April, Cider Creek Hard Cider was able to convert a barn on family farmland in NY into a craft cidery. (In case you're wondering, we hadn't quite settled on our name, but about a week after we shot our KickStarter video we settled on Cider Creek Hard Cider.)

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Topics: Inside the Cidery

Hard Cider for a Cause

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Apr 30, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Cider Creek Hard Cider believes in giving back to the local community. We are teaming up with the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center of Newburyport, MA in memory of Cheryl Watson – a passionate victims advocate for more than 25 years. Cheryl served as the Chief of Victim and Witness Services for the District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and was a recipient of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center “Change Maker Award.” The foundation is nationally recognized for supporting victims of domestic violence in the Greater Newburyport, MA area. Domestic violence can be in the form of emotional and physical abuse. The Center helps victims with safety planning, legal assistance, counseling and support. 

Cider Creek is supporting the foundation by donating a portion of the proceeds from each bottle we sell through the end of 2014. Thank you for helping us support this amazing cause.

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Topics: Cider Creek Gives Back

Cider Creek Hard Cider is Open for Business

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Apr 28, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Thanks to the success of our KickStarter campaign, Cider Creek Hard Cider is now open for business in upstate New York and Massachusetts. We have received all of our permits and licenses and have officially opened our cidery.

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We're building a farmhouse cidery

Posted by: Melanie Collins
Apr 9, 2014 3:30:00 AM

Cider Creek Hard Cider is a product of Cunnigham Creek Distributors. We are building a farmhouse cidery on our family farm in Canisteo, NY. 

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Topics: Building a Cidery