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Mary welcoming everyone to the event.

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Honest Weight cheesemonger Linda Donegan gave everyone a quick overview of the cheeses that were up for tasting.

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The first cheese was a soft, creamy goat cheese, "Mohawk Mist" from Cochran Farm in St. Johnsville.

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Paired with the Nine Pin cider that's fermented with raspberries.

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Cochran Farm's Patrick Apfel gave a short talk about how the the farm and how the cheese is made.

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Nine Pin founder Alejandro del Peral talked about making the raspberry cider.

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Next up was the St. Johnsville Jr., another goat cheese from Cochran Farm. This one was more "goaty" than the first.

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And to pair with it, the Ida Red from Nine Pin, a very dry cider to cut through the funk of the cheese.

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Patrick answering questions.

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The next cheese was an orange ginger goat cheese from R&G Cheese Makers in Troy. It's made with ginger and orange marmalade.

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And to pair: Nine Pin's ginger cider.

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Jon Milks of Adventure in Food Trading in Menands was there to talk about both the cheese, R&G Cheese Makers, and R&G cheesemaker Sean O'Connor. Adventure in Food serves as R&G's distributor.

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The fourth cheese of the night was a gouda made by Jake's Gouda Cheese in Deansboro, in Oneida County. Sylvia and Jake Stoltzfus both run a dairy farm and make cheese. Sylvia talked about the farm and the cheese making process.

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It was paired with Nine Pin's signature cider.

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And to finish the evening: sorbet and ice cream from Dutch Udder.

Pics from the Nine Pin / Honest Weight cider and cheese AOA event

Nine Pin Honest Weight AOA event composite

We had a fun time Monday evening at the Nine Pin / Honest Weight cider and cheese tasting AOA event at Nine Pin's tasting room in Albany.

The cheese department at Honest Weight supplied a selection of locally-produced cheeses to taste, the cheesemakers were there to talk about the products, and Nine Pin paired a group of cider varieties with the cheeses.

And there was ice cream from The Dutch Udder in Troy -- Nine Pin cider sorbet and Philly vanilla -- thanks to The Capital Team at RealtyUSA.

Thanks to everyone who came along. It was great to meet new people, and to see many of you again.

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