Boutique Wines, Spirits and Cider Named Best Off-Premise Cider Partner on the East Coast by the American Cider Association
The American Cider Association announced their 30 award recipients for 2020, highlighting individuals and businesses that are instrumental in helping the hard cider category grow. Boutique Wines, Spirits and Cider in Fishkill, NY was recognized by them as the Best Off-Premise Cider Partner on the East coast.
“One of our goals is for cider to be a mainstream beverage, not just a niche offering. This year’s winners show us that we’re moving the needle on this goal,” said the association’s executive director, Michelle McGrath.
“We are honored to be recognized by the American Cider Association,” said Paige Flori, co-owner of Boutique, a retail shop with over 200 sku’s of craft cider and 13 taps for growler fills. “Cider has been a passion of ours since before we opened our doors three years ago, and a category that we felt was underrepresented. We are thrilled to be a small part of helping the category expand by educating consumers and providing a wide variety of choices.”
Nominations originated from the association’s members and 2020 was the first year the association’s enthusiast-level members were invited to participate in the nominations alongside of trade and industry members. Flori attributes the award to both enthusiasts who regularly shop at the store as well as the ongoing relationship the store maintains with the many local and regional cider makers. “Some of the best ciders in the world are right here in our back yard,” said Flori. “We are so lucky to have a combination of phenomenal raw material and talent producing diverse styles that represent all aspects of the cider category right here in New York and the Hudson Valley, and extending into the surrounding area.” Boutique carries over 75 examples of NY State cider, as well as ciders from across the US, England, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Sweden.
Boutique Wine, Spirits and Cider is located at 18 Westage Drive, Fishkill, ¼ mile north of I-84, off of Route 9, behind Boston Market in the Hudson Valley Towne Center shopping plaza. The new store operating hours are Monday-Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 12-6pm. For more information, see their website, www.boutiquewsc.com.