By Tim Scott SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — In just one month at Abbott Farms in Baldwinsville, a husband and wife duo have quickly made their mark on the Central New York hard cider scene.
Andrew and Robin Meier opened Four Grand Wine and Cidery in September, and have already gotten rave reviews from consumers across Central New York. Even though the couple has made cider at Abbott Farms for the last three years, this year was the first that they produced hard cider. In their short time making hard cider, the Meiers are always thinking of adding new twists to the classic fall staple.
“We hope to experiment more with different flavors,” said Andrew Meier. “In addition to apples, we have blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and plums that we can play with. I also want to start making flavors with honey and maple syrup as well.”
Prior to making cider, the Meiers had different career backgrounds. Andrew worked as a pharmacist for about 12 years, while Robin focused on geology. Having been married for six years, the couple’s foray into cider happened by chance.
“[Robin] walked into the store one day, and overheard [some of the store workers] saying that they needed two people to make cider,” Andrew noted. “So she said, ‘My husband and I could do it’, and then we started the next week.”
In the first month of operation, the cidery was known as Four Daughters (after the four daughters that Farm Patriarch Warren Abbott has), but after finding out that a similar organization in Minnesota exists, Andrew and Robin recently changed the name to Four Grand Wine and Cidery.
With a whole variety of apple orchards scattered across Central New York, the Meiers are ready to take on the competition while riding the wave of positive feedback from their consumers.
“We plan to make more cider in the winter months,” Robin said. “We just want people to know that we’re here, and that we have a fun variety of flavors that they can enjoy.”
The finished hard cider, which also includes a drink collaboration with WT Brews of Baldwinsville, can be purchased inside the Abbott Farms General Store. The cidery is open on Fridays from 3:00-7:30pm, Saturdays from 12:00pm-7:30pm, and Sundays and Mondays from 12:00pm-5:30pm.