Ryan McGiver, a Schoharie County native, spent over a decade studying in Europe, working and performing internationally as stonemason and musician. Inspired by European (& Finger Lakes cideries), he returned home in 2014 and has been planting and fermenting unique cider apple varieties ever since.
One dude said,
“McGiver's dialed-in vision and understanding of what traditional apples blend well together result in ciders that showcase place, structure, and complexity in a rare and unique way. His passion for the nuances of still cider are evidenced by the fact that a majority of Scrumpy Ewe selections are not sparkling. McGiver started planting traditional American and European cider varieties a decade ago throughout various test orchards.
McGiver has spent the past eight years informally studying pomology and cider making, honing his technical skill and palate while running and managing his own professional cidery. McGiver has crystal clear intention with his ciders, focusing on precise, cold fermentation with natural and selected yeasts (DV-10 is preferred for its neutrality). This yields astoundingly transparent ciders of depth and clarity. The idea of holistic "cider-growing" comes from the notion that cider starts in the orchard, and in this case, McGiver's own orchard.”
Larry is the real boss at Scrumpy Cider. A powerful, piebald, polycerate, who proudly parades about protecting pomme.
’Momma’, Pookey, Ginger, Elsa and Mona.