Every fall since 2007, we have been making our own special blend of sweet apple cider from apples we grow here on the farm. Our hand crafted hard ciders are made in small batches,and were originally developed over the five years prior to opening our tasting room.
In September of 2011, we launched the Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farms, and our delicious ciders became available to the public for the first time. We started with six varieties, have added several award winning flavors since then. They are listed here from dry to sweet.
Rippleton Original is a light, effervescent extra dry cider made in the old farmhouse cider tradition. We start with crisp, juicy apples pressed on our antique press, then naturally ferment the cider using a champagne yeast. A touch of our own maple syrup is added to allow for a secondary fermentation right in the bottle. This elegant, delightfully sparkling champagne style cider is not just for celebrations–it’s perfect for any occasion!
Heritage Hops was a Silver Medal Winner at the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
Our Heritage Hops Hard Cider is a tribute to the early hop growing tradition of Madison County, dating back to the mid 1800′s. Using a strain of locally grown hops propagated from those originally grown nearby, we “dry hop” the cider after fermentation. It is aged for several months, then lightly carbonated. Heritage Hops Hard Cider is extra dry with a unique hoppy aroma and flavor.
Blissful Moon has earned the following medals: Silver Medal Winner, 2012 New York State Fair Wine Competition; Bronze Medal Winner, 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
We named this authentic, hand crafted hard cider after Solomon Bliss, the original owner of the farm. He purchased 150 acres of the land in 1793 for just $1.50 per acre, taking nine years to pay off his $225 debt. We are honored to be farming here more than 200 years later. Made from freshly pressed sweet apple cider, then fermented, blended with local honey and lightly carbonated, Blissful Moon is a versatile, extra dry cider with a refreshing finish. Enjoy this award winning treat, and celebrate the tradition of local agriculture! It’s bliss!
This crisp and refreshing cider is crafted from a special blend of sweet and tart apples pressed on our historic 1890′s rack and cloth Four Screw Press. Sweetened with our own pure maple syrup, Four Screw’s award winning flavor is reminiscent of an English style pub cider. Enjoy the subtle fruitiness and complexity of this lightly carbonated cider on tap — or bring some bottles home!
Four Screw has earned the following medals: Silver Medal Winner, 2012 Indy International Wine Competition;
Bronze Medal Winner, 2013 New York International Beer Competition, 2013 New York Wine and Food Classic, 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Glinda’s Gold is our newest hard cider variety (June 2014), and one of two that is not carbonated.
More than a century after being published, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains one of America’s most beloved stories. The author, L. Frank Baum was born nearby, and we’re proud to grow our crisp, juicy apples down the road from his grandparent’s home. As a tribute to Baum, we named this cider in honor of Glinda, the good witch. Skillfully handcrafted with fresh-pressed farm-grown apples and a touch of maple syrup, this complex blend is balanced and delicately sweet. Enjoy Glinda’s Gold: as timeless and magical as the character it is named after.
Cherry Moon has earned the following medals: Silver Medal Winner, 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition; Bronze Medal Winner, 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition
We make our award winning Cherry Moon cider in memory of Grandma Pat Critz and her famous cherry pie. Made in small batches from a delicate balance of sweet and tart apples, this freshly pressed cider is fermented, blended with tart cherry juice, and then lightly carbonated. Enjoy this tantalizing and refreshing cider any time– and continuing Grandma Pat’s tradition, remember to share generously!
Red Barn Raspberry
Wild red raspberries, growing plentifully in the fields behind our historic 200-year-old barn, are the inspiration for our Red Barn Raspberry hard cider. Made in small batches from a delicate balance of sweet and tart apples, this hand crafted cider is blended with New York raspberry juice and lightly carbonated. Enjoy this sweet and mildly fruity blend over ice for a light and refreshing treat!
Red Barn Raspberry won a Bronze medal in the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition in 2012.
Blueberry Moon has earned the following medals: Double Gold Medal Winner and Best in Class, 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition; Bronze Medal Winner, 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition
Blueberries mean summer on the farm, when the days are long and the pace is slow. Savor the sweet, juicy summer pleasures with our award winning Blueberry Moon Hard Cider. Inspired by July’s full moon over the blueberry fields, this lightly carbonated sweet blend of hard cider with blueberry juice has a subtle fruitiness and refreshing finish. Enjoy a taste of summer all year through!
The moon over the maples in the old farm sugar bush is a sight to behold. We celebrate each spring by harvesting maple sap and producing delicious maple syrup. Maple Moon is delightfully sweet and smooth. Hand crafted and generously blended with our pure maple syrup, the naturally complex flavors of this unique cider will make you appreciate Mother Nature at her finest. Raise a toast to this healthy blend of farm fresh flavors!
Silver Medal Winner, 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition