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Kaneb Orchards in Massena debuts St. Lawrence Cider


MASSENA — Guests from various restaurants, liquor stores and wholesalers were introduced to the newest product from Kaneb Orchards at an invitation-only open house where the company debuted its St. Lawrence Cider.

“This is really a soft introduction,” Kaneb Orchards Marketing Coordinator Nancy Badlam said Friday. “We’ll have our full kickoff later in the year during our cider season.”

Edward J. Kaneb Jr., who owns and operates the orchard, said Kaneb’s first flavor is made mostly with “dessert apples.”

“This is a sweet cider,” he said. “We hope to have other flavors forthcoming.”

While the cider is made mostly with dessert apples, Mr. Kaneb’s sister, Elizabeth M., said the final product is a blend of sweet and sour apples.

Mr. Kaneb said a lot of trials went into the flavor’s production. Even after the apples are fermented, they are aged for six to 12 months before they are bottled, he said.

Ms. Badlam said the final product is 4.9 percent alcohol.

“In the U.S. a hard cider had to be kept at 7 percent or under,” Mr. Kaneb said. “With a higher alcohol content, you can taste the sharpness in it.”

Town Councilman Albert N. Nicola said the cider went well with the cheese that was served at the event.

Ms. Badlam said she has used the cider to cook, notably with chicken and pork dishes. “You can use it the same way you would use wine,” she said.

Upon its release to the public, St. Lawrence Cider will be available in 350-ml and 750-ml bottles. Ms. Badlam said the orchard hopes to have the cider available for purchase in local liquor stores and restaurants. The cider also will be available seasonably at the orchard.

“We probably have 2,000 gallons ready to go,” she said, or about 8,000 to 10,000 bottles.

Mayor James F. Hidy, who attended the event, praised the business. “I knew it was only a matter of time before the Kanebs took their core business of cider and doughnuts and spun it off into something else,” he said. “It’s great to see a business in Massena flourishing and expanding.”

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