At Rootstock Ciderworks

We use only the best heritage and modern apple varieties in our handcrafted all-natural ciders. All the hand-picked fruit that comes to our farmstead cidery is locally sourced from the fourth generation family-owned DeFisher Fruit Farms in Williamson, Wayne County, New York — 25-miles east of Rochester, New York near the shores of Lake Ontario. We proudly proclaim the fact that our ciders have only two ingredients – New York State apples and select cider-making yeasts.

Alex Robb, cider maker, applies his viticulture knowledge and years of experience in European winemaking methods into crafting unique and exceptional New World ciders. Alex insists that quality cider begins with quality cider apples. He carefully selects heirloom American apples to create exceptional ciders. Alex oversees each batch and carefully manages the fermentation process to ensure every batch meets his high quality standards.

Rootstock ciders have garnered medals and praise from the most discriminating cider connoisseurs. From tree to taste, we’re dedicated to crafting only the best hard ciders and perry.

Original Hard Cider

Original Hard Cider is a semi-sweet cider crafted from estate grown New York State dessert apples. Its yellow sapphire color gives way to intriguing apple and banana aromas. Balanced acidity and soft carbonation make this cider an excellent choice for any occasion. Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition award-winning cider.

Available year-round in 6-pack/12oz can, 750mL bottle, and 30L keg.

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Hopped Hard Cider

Hopped Hard Cider is a semi-dry cider made from estate grown Crispin apples and locally grown Cascade hops. This heavily aromatic cider exhibits a bouquet of fresh lemon and pine paired perfectly with the taste of fresh picked apples. With its balanced sweetness and acidity this unique cider is sure to please beer and cider drinkers alike.

Available year-round in 6-pack/12oz can, 750mL bottle, and 30L keg.

Gold Medal Winner: Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 2016

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Dry Hard Cider

Dry Hard Cider is a dry cider celebration of fermentation character. The fruit forward nature of the other Rootstock ciders takes a back seat to the bread and yeasty aromas found in this classic cider. Complex like Brut Champagne yet drinkable like a fine craft beer.

Available year-round in 6-pack/12oz can, 750mL bottle, and 30L keg.

Bronze Medal Winner: Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 2016

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Belgian Hard Cider

Rootstock Belgian is a limited release cider designed to suit all your spring time cider drinking needs. This Ben Davis heavy cider was fermented using a traditional Belgian beer yeast. Fresh peach, and apple blossom aromas accompany pleasant minerality and apple flavor that make this cider one that is not to be missed.

Available spring/early summer in 6-pack/12oz can and 30L keg.

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

As a passionate cider maker, Alex Robb takes great pride in crafting the annual vintage of our premium hard ciders. He carefully selects only the best heirloom apple varieties such as Golden Russet and Northern Spy. These classic American varieties enliven our ciders, creating extraordinary vintages with uncommon depth and balance. Alex cares for each small batch of cider, personally managing the blending and fermentation processes to ensure each year’s vintage meets his exceptionally high quality standards. Rootstock ciders have garnered medals at the prestigious Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition and praise from the most discriminating cider connoisseurs.

Heritage 2015 Hard Cider

The second installment in our annual small batch cider project focused on heritage variety apples. The 2015 vintage showcases the aromatic qualities of the Rhode Island Greening apple. This lightly colored cider shows a vibrant acidity and peachy stone fruit aroma not unlike some cold climate Rieslings.
7.7% Alc/Vol – 1.8% RS

Limited edition in 750mL bottle.

Bronze Medal Winner: Bath & West International Cider Competition 2017
Bronze Medal Winner: Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 2016

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Crabapple Unfiltered Hard Cider

Made from our 􀏔irst dessert apples (Ginger Gold) and the 􀏔irst crabapple variety (Dolgo Crab) our Rootstock Early Bird cider is sure to please. With its vibrant acidity and subtle sweetness our Dolgo crabapple cider is as rustic as it is ref􀏔ined.
6.2% Alc/Vol – 3% RS

Limited edition in 750mL bottle.

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Rosé Hard Cider

A collaboration project—this rare cider delivers a unique taste experience resulting from the marriage of a heritage variety apple (Rhode Island Greening) and a classic Austrian grape variety (Blaufränkisch). Vibrant salmon color and bold tannin—hints of apricot f􀏔ill the nose while 􀏔lavors of ripe red gooseberry excite the pallet.
7.9% Alc/Vol – 1.5% RS

Limited edition in 750mL bottle.

Silver Medal Winner: Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 2017

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Cerise Sparkling Cherry Wine

Derived from the French word for “Cherry”—Cerise has all the color, depth and well-balanced flavors of our estate grown tart cherries from which it is made exclusively. The perfect compliment to a decedent chocolate soufflé or most any dark chocolate desserts.

Limited edition in 750mL bottle.

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

Perry 2014

Perry (2014) is a dry European-style perry made from 100% Barlett pears hand-picked at the DeFisher Fruit Farms. This year’s vintage carries a mild acidity, soft tannin structure, and a brilliant straw color. Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition award-winning perry.

Limited edition in 750mL bottle.

Silver Medal Winner: Bath & West International Cider Competition 2017
Silver Medal Winner: Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) 2016

Sweetness Scale

  • Dry
  • Off-dry
  • Semi-dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet

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Dry Hard Cider Hopped Hard Cider Original Hard Cider

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