Pour the Core: A first timers dip into hard cider deliciousness

On October 4th I went, in the pouring rain, to the Pour the Core Festival in Cutchogue, NY.  Despite the rain and the fact that I am definitely not a beer drinker by any stretch of the imagination, I must say that I had a great time.  This was the 3rd annual festival held at the Peconic Bay Winery.  Regardless of the rain, there was a pretty great turn out.  I purchased my tickets through Amazon Local for $20 each, at the door they were $44 each.  For the money you get 2oz plastic collective glass and all the hard cider and some beer your little glass can hold.  Refills are free and greatly encouraged.

As I said above, I am not a beer drinker.  I will always chose anything other than beer when given the chance.  Now cider, on the other hand, I can honestly say I am not all that familiar with.  I only purchased the tickets because the husband loves beer and it was an excuse to hang out with good friends.  I definitely got an education in cider on this day.  First off, I had no idea how many different hard ciders there are out there.  Even more importantly, some creators are even local to long island.  Rumor Mill Hard Cider was from Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue.  And Woodside Orchards from Aquebogue had a nice Cinnamon Apple hard cider that was quite delish.  Some of my favorites were J.K. Scrumpy’s Hard Cider, Bad Seed Hard Cider, Stella Cider (Stella, who knew!?  And it was good!), Pure Cider (a VERY LIGHT hard cider which I thought would be a great ‘intro to cider option for someone who’s never had) and Crispin.

Regarding the beer, my husband was in craft beer heaven.  Long Ireland was his favorite, plus the brewery is located in Riverhead.  Of course he spent plenty of time by the Long Ireland keg talking with the actual brewers.  Blue Point was also on tap (like the name, it’s located in Blue Point, NY), and that made him happy as well..  Blue Moon was on hand as well, however the hub isn’t a fan.  And I honestly do not recall if there were other beer vendors at the festival but the husband said that I listed those, who in his opinion, were those who mattered.

There was also a delicious couple of cider cocktail tasting drinks from the Long Island Girls’ Pint Out table.  I can truly said that I’ve never heard of them, but they are worth checking out.  All 4 of their offerings were amazing and I will have to do my research as to where I can more of their stuff.  Soooo yummy!

Last but not least, there was a free horseradish tasting table courtesy of Holy Schmitt’s Farm (Riverhead, NY).  I usually limit my horseradish intake to what is found in my Bloody Mary drink but I do have to say, their raspberry horseradish and mustard was scrumptious.

On the quick topic of Bloody Mary’s, Murph’s Bloody Mary Mix is what we use at home to make the delicious cocktail, and they were also supposed to be at the festival, but they didn’t show up.  I was disappointed!  But that won’t deter me of continuing to use their mix, because it really is the best.

What I did find was that, again, despite the rain, the festival/vendors seemed well prepared for the weather.  There was 2 food trucks and at least 2 other food vendor options for purchase.  I would have liked to have seen a tent or two for us poor souls were were stuck waiting in the rain for our food to be prepared, but thanks to umbrellas and rain jackets, we survived.

My overall assessment is that I would absolutely do this again next year.  It would be nice to experience it all and take my time tasting all that was offered without rushing through it because I didn’t like the idea of being out in the uncomfortable rain.  I felt like this was a great start to the fall weather and a great way to spend an afternoon on Long Island with friends.

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