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Meet Our Cider Makers

Great cider takes more than just great ingredients and equipment. Meet the people who are not only constantly innovating to ferment new styles of cider, but making sure that every pint of Angry Orchard is as delicious as the last.

RyanBurk_CiderMakersRYAN BURK
Ryan is the head cider maker at Angry Orchard, based in Walden, NY at our cider house. Ryan’s New York roots run deep. He grew up in Upstate New York and some of his first jobs involved working on orchards in his hometown. He has always been interested in agriculture and fermentation, both of which led him to pursue a career in cider making. Prior to joining the Angry Orchard team, Ryan racked up years of professional cider making experience, with a particular focus on cider barrel aging and varying fermentation processes. He currently serves as a board member to the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) and the Cider Institute of North America (CINA).

Favorite Angry Orchard Cider: Walden Hollow from the Cider House Collection

Favorite Food and Cider Pairing: Ripe Camembert cheese, charcuterie & a crusty baguette paired with Walden Hollow

Elyssa Bowen is the assistant cider maker at the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House in Walden, NY. Originally from Pennsylvania, Elyssa has always loved everything about food, whether it be growing it, cooking it, dissecting and experimenting with it, or of course, eating it! This passion for food is what sparked her interest in learning about wine, and encouraged her to pursue winemaking. Before joining the Angry Orchard team, Elyssa spent her time growing grapes at vineyards in Virginia and California, and making and analyzing wine in Virginia, Michigan and Oregon. This previous experience in winemaking led to her interest and enthusiasm for cider. She loves learning about all the different varieties of apples, the sensory experience before, during and after fermentation, and creating unique food and cider pairings.

Favorite Angry Orchard Cider: Strawman from the Cider House Collection

Favorite Food and Cider Pairing: Strawman with Roasted Pork Belly