Last season we ventured out to the Angry Orchard Brewery in Walden, New York to celebrate my loves 30th birthday! Every year we are always looking for a new adventure to go on and celebrate with, in addition to the birthday dinner that we do on the night of our actual birthday. Each year, as we age of course, the celebrations change and are more fitting and age appropriate.
Joe and I are cider peeps- especially during the fall season! We always love to venture out to new breweries and try out new, local beers ! I’m sure you’ve heard of Angry Orchard before and if you haven’t, well then you really need to go to your nearest supermarket and pick up a six pack right now! Better yet, get yourself a 12 pack sampler edition (it usually has the traditional apple crisp cider, a festive one (pumpkin), the pear cider and one other. They recently came out with a rose cider which is my all-time fave because it’s a total combination of rose wine and cider beer. I’ll get more into this one a little later on in the post!
When we got there, we had no idea what to expect. We had never been before, it was our first time and I usually like to look up on things before hand, do my research, and go prepared. I like to know what to expect, but I had zero luck on finding info beforehand (hence why I also thought it would be a good idea to do a post on this and share some basic information with you). The only digging I did was on their website, which I listed here. They have a list of their tours, hours they are open, etc. Below is a list of what there is to do and I’m sharing my tips to come fully prepared what to expect on your visit to the orchard!
When we got there, we found a place to park, and immediately felt a little lost on where to go. You can see the tree house right away, but you need to walk through the Apple trees until you get to a red barn looking building. This is where you buy your tour tickets and so on before you get to the fun!
WHAT IS THERE TO DO:
1// TREEHOUSE TOUR
I highly recommend doing this during your visit! It lasted about 45 min to an hour, a great way to break up the day of drinking one cider to swapping over to another haha. It was really informative and interesting, plus you get to take cool pictures in their swing and from way up above. It was the first real treehouse I’ve been in and it was definitely an inspiration for me to want to build a treehouse for our kids one day.
- Tour times are Wednesday – Sunday 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM. On Fridays they also offer a 6pm Twilight Tour!
2// BARREL ROOM TOUR
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do this because it was completely sold out. It was such a bummer because I’m a see it all, do it all type of a person and totally get FOMO sometimes… this time being one of them ! I would recommend getting there when they first open to wait on line and purchase tickets. With the brewery tour, you get a behind the scenes of how the cider is made!
- The Barrel room tours are held on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1PM & 3PM, and Friday and Saturdays at 1PM, 3PM & 5PM.
3// TRY THE FROSÉ
Once you get your sampler of different ciders and head to the outside court, make sure to hit up the rose station and try it frozen! Such a good way to kick off the fall festivities!
4// PLAY GAMES & EAT PIZZA & THE OBVIOUS… DRINK CIDER
They have different games like cornhole and jenga, and it’s really fun to sit outside and just take in the beautiful scenery while sipping on different ciders and eating yummy food. The pizza was delicious and the one pictured below is pulled pork and coleslaw.
5. SIGN YOUR NAME ON THE WALL
When you are first walking through the barn after you sign up for your tours, you can walk through a few rooms and leave your legacy on the wall! It was really cool to see how many people have been there and still continue to go to this day.
TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRIP:
Seriously, get there when they open to avoid really long lines. We waited about 45 minutes and as I mentioned above, we weren’t even able to do one of the tours because we got there just a little after they opened.
Book your tour as soon as you get there
Don’t dilly dally and look around… head to the barn and book your tours FIRST THING.
Give yourself enough time
There is a lot to do there and you will most likely wind up spending a majority of the day there, so don’t make plans that are time sensitive later on in the day. Just relax and have a good time!
It can be easy to drink cider after cider, so hydrate before you go and bring a few water bottles with you.