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Meet Our Cider Makers

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.

RYAN BURK

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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

PATRICK COMMANE

Patrick is an assistant cider maker at Angry Orchard. He is based at the cider house on the Angry Orchard, a 60-acre orchard in the Hudson Valley of New York. He grew up in Baldwinsville NY, outside of Syracuse and studied Viticulture and Enology at Cornell. While studying wine making and working at a winery in the Finger Lakes region, Patrick became interested in the local cider scene.

After becoming interested in cider, Patrick began working at The Black Diamond Farm and Cidery in the Finger Lakes. He joined the Angry Orchard cidery team in June of 2017. He enjoys working on ice ciders and is excited about the single variety styles being made at the cidery. He’s especially interested in continuing to find apple varieties that work well in single variety styles, experimentation with yeast strains, and barrel aging.