December 20, 2017 (Lake George, NY) ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and Nine Pin Cider Works, New York’s first farm cidery based in Albany, N.Y., have teamed up to promote the second annual Nine Pin 26er challenge. A portion of 26er sales will support ADK’s Summit Stewardship Program.

Nine Pin has worked with Kinderhook, N.Y.- based Samascott Orchards to develop 26 new and unique ciders that will be part of the 2018 program. During the inaugural 26er series in 2016, more than 325 individuals earned 26er status.

In 2018, starting on Jan. 9 and every two weeks thereafter, a new cider will be released. In 2018, 26er ciders will only be available at Nine Pin’s tasting room in Albany. Prospective participants who earned 26er status in 2016 are eligible to complete the challenge again to reach 26er Silver Status.

“We’re excited to bring back the 26er program in 2018,” said Alejandro del Peral, co-founder and cider maker, Nine Pin Cider Works. “There’s nothing like it in the hard cider industry and we believe that for first-timers and returning 26ers, it’ll be well worth the visits to the cidery throughout the year.”

“ADK is excited to partner with Nine Pin Cider as they launch the 2018 26er Challenge,” said Sunday Conine, Annual Fund Manager with ADK. “Nine Pin chose to partner with ADK because of the outstanding work of the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, which protects fragile alpine plants on the highest summits in the Adirondacks. Support from partners like Nine Pin Cider make the work of this unique program possible.”

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