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
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.