Nine Pin's 2018 Pressing Party Recap
First things first, what’s a Pressing Party?
Nine Pin’s Pressing Party is an annual event where Nine Pin presses over 100 different varieties of apples for their Cider Monster hard cider. The event also features music, food, and the release of the Cider Monster that was the product of the previous year’s Pressing Party.
When and where is it?
The Pressing Party is held at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany, NY. The last three of the parties have been held in November, with the 2018 Pressing Party having been on Saturday, November 10.
How long is it?
The 2018 event ran from 11am to 6pm; although, we (and most others) did not stay for the entire duration.
Is it an outside or inside event?
The Pressing Party is held inside at Nine Pin’s tasting room and production facility.
How much does it cost to attend?
For the 2018 Pressing Party, tickets were $15 if you purchased them in advance online and $20 at the door. The ticket price included one drink token that could be redeemed for a glass of cider. Additional drink tokens could be purchased for a few dollars apiece.
What about Food?
What about Cider?
Nine Pin had the following ciders on tap at their 2018 Pressing Party (please note the precise offerings could vary year to year):
Blueberry Peach Cobbler
Huguenot Street Ginger
Apple Pie Champagne
Cider Monster 2017
We arrived at the Pressing Party around noon with our friend, Luke, and my brother, Brian, in tow. Fortunately for us, we timed our arrival perfectly and didn’t have to wait in line. We were able to buy our tickets immediately, and after donning some complimentary glowsticks, we entered the tasting room. There, we followed signs directing us through a door along the back wall into the production area.
In the first section of the production area, there were a few Nine Pinners pressing apple after apple into cider, which at the close of the Pressing Party would begin the yearlong fermentation/aging process to become the 2018 Cider Monster. I have to take a moment here to note how amazing this area around the press smelled; the air had such a deliciously sweet apple scent. I ended up lingering here a few moments longer than the others to simply take in and enjoy the smell.
After getting my fill of the pressing room, I joined the others in the second section of the production area, where the food and cider were located. Naturally, our first priority was to grab a cup of cider, which we did posthaste. I chose the Cider Monster for my first pour, and Ramsay picked the Apple Champagne. Brian and Luke both got the Signature. All of our ciders were delicious, but the group favorites from this first round were Cider Monster and Apple Champagne.
With our ciders in hand, we made our way to the other side of the room where the food vendors were located. We all opted for quesadillas from Muddaddy Flats: the vegetarian (quinoa, black beans, corn, and cheese) for Ramsay and me and the chicken for Brian and Luke. The quesadillas were quite tasty and paired nicely with our ciders.
After finishing our quesadillas and draining our glasses, we made our way back to the cider bar for a second round. We all selected different ciders this time: Blueberry Peach Cobbler, Huguenot Street Ginger, Ashmead’s Kernel, and Cranberry. The star of the second round was Blueberry Peach Cobbler (just typing this makes me want to have a glass of it).
While sipping away on our ciders, we watched as people attempted to bench press several gallons of cider at a time. These people were all vying for first place in the bench press competition, the prize for which comprised a gift basket of Nine Pin goodies and a one-month membership to a local Cross Fit. I tried to talk Brian, Luke, and Ramsay into taking a whirl at it, but alas, none of them were game.
In addition to the bench-pressing contest, other entertainment at the Pressing Party included live music and a pie eating contest. We sadly missed the pie eating contest, but we were able to enjoy the live music, which was playing the entire time that we were at the event.
We left shortly after finishing our second round of cider, after having spent a little over two hours at the party. Prior to leaving though, we made a pit stop in the taproom to buy bottles of Cider Monster and Blueberry and Peach Cobbler (it was hard to limit ourselves to just those two).
All in all, the Pressing Party was a fun event. We enjoyed being able to sample several of Nine Pin’s ciders that we had never had before, and with the live music playing in the background and everyone around us having a good time, the party had a nice ambiance to it. We would certainly go to another Pressing Party in the future!