Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2017 at Nine Pin

nine pin cider works exterior 2016-11-05

Nine Pin's production facility and tasting room on Broadway in the Warehouse District.

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries returns to Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany this Saturday, February 18.

We have a pair of tickets for the event to give away -- maybe to you. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's your favorite thing to eat when it's cold and snowy outside?

It could be something you make at home. It could be something from a local restaurant. It could be whatever. We'll draw one comment at random and that person will get the pair of tickets.

More than 15 cideries from around New York State will be at The Gathering offering samples of all sorts of cider, along with selling cider by the bottle or growler to go. (Cidery list is below.) There will also be food vendors.

Tickets are $20 ahead / $30 at the door. The event is in two sessions -- noon to 3 pm, and 4 pm to 7 pm. Tickets include samples and a tasting glass. Last year's event sold out.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm Wednesday and must respond by noon on Thursday, February 16.


+ Nine Pin Cider (Albany, NY)
+ WAYSIDE cider (Andes, NY)
+ Blue Toad Hard Cider - New York (Rochester, NY)
+ Fishkill Farms (Hopewell Junction, NY)
+ Saratoga Apple Hard Cider (Schuylerville, NY)
+ Embark Craft Ciderworks (Williamson, NY)
+ Descendant Cider Co. (Queens, NY)
+ Kaneb Orchards (Massena, NY)
+ Blackduck Cidery (Ovid, NY)
+ Black Creek Cidery (Byron, NY)
+ Stone Bridge Cider(Hudson, NY)
+ Little Apple Cidery Inc. (Hillsdale, NY)
+ Brooklyn Cider House (Brooklyn, NY)
+ Bad Seed Cider Company (Highland, NY)
+ Rogers' Cideryard LLC (Johnstown, NY)
+ Sundog Cider (Chatham, NY)

Nine Pin advertises on AOA.


My mom's home-made lasagna!

Homemade Chili!

Chicken tikka masala with lots of naan. Lazeez is probably my favorite place to order from, although I am slowly working on perfecting a recipe of my own for it.

Ruck mozz sticks...mostly due to their proximity and the implication that I'll likely have a delicious beer in my hand.

Home made chili


Chicken white bean chili

Hot cider! Yum...

Can I choose wine? Lots of red wine in winter! :-)

a piping hot bowl of ramen noodles!

Homemade pot pie with roasted veggies and a flaky crust!

Hot coco

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

I like to make soup or chili on a snow day. Just gives me a warm cozy feeling.

Homemade soup

Homemade chicken sweet potato noodle soup!!

Chicken corn chowder

Chicken parm with ziti and garlic bread!!

I make a spicy turkey sausage pasta that is great comfort food in the cold!

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

Ice cream

I make a spicy turkey sausage pasta that is great comfort food in the cold!

Macaroni and cheese.

Fresh home made bread.

Chili Cincinnati style: over noodles with cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Homemade chicken soup where I cook the stock from scratch!

My wife's turkey noodle soup.

Soup dumplings

Full Irish breakfast!

You can't go wrong with some chowder!

Warm home baked muffins.

Soup & Salad

Baked potatoes!

Steak with rosemary butter and a side of asparagus with a good dark beer. It just warms me up.

Pork chops with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes!! Sauteed apples with cinnamon and sugar on the side - yum!

A nice big bowl of chili with melted cheese on top!

Homemade chicken noodle soup

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings!

Druthers Loaded Mac N Cheese!

From Nine Pin's neighbor, Tanpopo Spicy Ramen in a cozy booth

Mmmm I'd love to wash down some hot buffalo chicken dip and garbage bread, with some cider! Haha wooo pick me pick me!

Soup. Lots of soup! My current favorite is beef and parsley soup from Timmy's Chinese Cuisine on Madison Ave in Albany. Perfect comfort food on a cold, snowy day!


Homemade pizza!

Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

My wife's delicious corn chowder!!

Soup dumplings at Ala Shanghi...mmmmm

Butternut squash soup!

Soup and grilled cheese!

Spicy Thai beef noodle soup. Pho realz.

Homemade lemon orzo chicken soup, yummmm!

Definitely a nice beef stew in the crockpot!

Pierogis with caramelized onions, melted butter, & sour cream.

Homemade chili in the crockpot for sure!

Pea soup, and thick enough to spread on a sandwich!

Mexican hot chocolate

Homemade chili, and crunchy baguette. It's a snow day celebration of warmth.

Hot Soup - almost any kind!

Warm fudge brownies :)

Irish Coffee!

Macaroni and cheese.

Either chili or a good gumbo!

Beef stew or pot roast made all day on a Sunday.

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