The Ithaca Tap & Craft Festival is this weekend! This SOLD OUT event takes place at The Hotel Ithaca on February 17, 2024 with VIP entry from 3-4 PM and General Admission from 4-7 PM. We are so excited to bring our brand and cider to Ithaca!

Craft beers, ciders, spirits and live music! Cheers!


3 months ago
Wow what a place. I wasnt a hard cider believer till I tried their cider. We had their cider at my sons wedding and guests are telling me the taste of their cider was unbelievable the best they ever had. I would buy their cider for my next event without a doubt . Very smooth and tasty
- Karen D
2 years ago
As local as you can get, this is a superb cider and great staff. I look forward to seeing how they grow over time because their base cider is an amazing balance of medium sweet cider. The blends go very well and the pear is very distinctive.
- Dave S
4 months ago
The Cherry Cider is amazing. We were treated like family while visiting. Ready for more.
- L F

About us

The Story of Buried Barrel Hard Cider   

A few short generations ago, most of the American population lived on the farm.  Farms from those times were diverse and self-sufficient.  People worked hard every day and every season from sunup to sundown.  Food was raised on the farm from the livestock, vegetable gardens and fruit trees.   

With all of that hard work, there were also special times for celebrations with family, friends and neighbors.  Special meals required drawing on reserved stored foods and drinks.  Most farms had abundant apple trees.  Apples from harvest were preserved and made into apple sauce and canned for later use.   Some apples also made their way into cider and this is the inspiration for the Buried Barrel Brand.  

Hard work required a hard drink for special celebrations.  Hard Cider was the homemade drink.  In late fall, apples were crushed and placed into a barrel with yeast and added sugar and flavorings.  These barrels were sealed and buried in the ground to ferment and age.  The science was not exact.  Farmers learned by doing and experience.  They didn’t go to the internet for clues or the state authorities for permits.  They put themselves and faith into the process and got out what they put in. 

Buried Barrel Hard Cider comes exclusively from apples on the Pankow Farm in Castile, NY.  For many generations this dairy farm has run a U-Pick orchard along Glen Iris Rd at the entrance to Letchworth State Park.  They have buried and unburied many barrels of hard cider for family celebrations.  Today’s cider is a toast to their heritage and a way to keep this special land and orchard in production for future generations. 


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  • (585) 566-1706


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6517 Denton Corners Road
Castile, NY 14427

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Sat:12:00 – 5:00 PM
Sun:12:00 – 5:00 PM
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