We bumped into Kashong Creek at the ‘Secret Dinner’ we went to while at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Corning, New York. Having heard that these affairs are pretty damn nice, I was surprised to find that we were stopping at a small building complete with wine casks set up as tables. “Hmmm.” thinks I. “Looks like my kind of wine tasting.”
Ready to get a nose full of wines, I was intrigued when I spotted the ‘table’ set up by a cider maker. Having long been a fan of hard cider (tales of a misspent youth) I slid on over and thought I’d see what was going on. The guy on the other side of the cask was a quiet sort who identified himself as Daniel Bissell, cider craftsman for Kashong Creek Craft Cider. The real surprise to me was that Daniel is Assistant Winemaker at Bellangelo Winery. He longed for something more than winemaking and became an enthusiastic cider man who really wanted to get area cider on the map.
Daniel told me that he and his companions were getting ready to open their cider shop in the thriving community of Geneva, New York, (Linden Street to be exact). And they had been working non-stop to refurbish the site and get it setup for the Grand Opening. Wish I could be there.
Daniel had a variety of his ciders on display and, not unlike wines, some were good to me and some not. But, the ones that I thought were good just really hit the spot. I left the cask with three bottles of ‘Farm House Perry’ to bring home and share with my cider mates.
So then, Kashong Creek Craft Cider. If you’re tooling around up in upstate New York and find yourself in Geneva, stop in and give Daniel a hello and sample some of his fine cider. I really think you’ll enjoy yourself.
Hey, listen now. We’re going to be in Lodi for the 2016 Blogger Conference. Oh yes, we are, and tails are wagging about it. You get a chance, say hello. I’ll be the guy looking for you over the rim.
And now, my personal rant: