Bad Seed: The Dry Cider
It’s the kind of idea you get after a few drinks at the local pub. "Hey, let's start a cider company!" – and then forget about it the next day. But Albert and Devin, two guys up in Highland, New York, actually followed through with it.
It didn't hurt that Albert was a 6th generation apple farmer and Devin enjoyed brewing and fermenting anything that sounded like it had promise to make a tasty beverage. But
ever since the summer of 2011 when these two childhood friends banded together with meager savings and a love of cider, they have been crafting, selling, and talking everything cider. It's their pastime, their passion, and their life. Since the beginning, they have always had a single minded goal: bringing hand crafted, truly dry cider to the world.
Here at Bad Seed, we seek to advance the craft cider industry through mixing old and new cider techniques and craft beer influences. Our ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed apples grown by us on a 6th generation family farm, and we are the first American company to put a truly dry cider into a can. After all, this is cider not science. You won't find the endless list of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and excuses on our label because we don't use them. There's a reason we are known all around America as "Bad Seed: the Dry Cider."
After our first few years, no matter what we did, we could not keep up with the demand. So, we bought a bunch of big shiny tanks and turned an old barn in our hometown of Highland, NY, into a tap room complete with two different bars.
In January of 2017, we realized once again that we needed to grow, so we brought on Bram Kincheloe -- musician, writer, and cider salesman extraordinaire -- to be our third partner, as well as Director of Sales & Marketing. We are growing rapidly, with distribution in five states now (with a multiple new states on the docket for 2019).
After getting our start selling cider at various farmer's markets throughout New York City for years, we opened the first ever cider tap room in Brooklyn, NY, in October 2017, called Bad Seed Brooklyn. We are so proud to finally have a brick and mortar home base in NYC where cider lovers can come drink, listen to the occasional string band, and feel like they are in our home. Additionally, we opened our Bad Seed Farm Bar last fall on our home orchard in Highland, NY, where you can come pick-you-own apples and enjoy cider made from those very apples right on the farm!
Whatever happens in the future, know that we'll continue to grow, and continue to make delicious dry (seriously, 0g sugar) cider. Follow us on our various social media channels, or drop into any one of our three tap rooms for a pint, a flight, and a good time!
Albert, Devin, and Bram
For six generations, the Wilklows have grown apples in the Hudson Valley. Come stroll through our beautiful 60-acre orchard, located just a hop, skip and jump away from the Bad Seed Cidery. You can pick some of the same apples used to craft our ciders. We don't keep them all to ourselves, that would be selfish. Wilklow Orchards is open from Labor day weekend to October 31st, 9-5 daily, every year for apple & pumpkin picking, and now we have our very own Bad Seed Farm Bar on the orchard as well!