Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont, New York
Indian Ladder Farms is a 100-year-old family farm and orchard in Altamont, NY, purchased by Peter Gansevoort Ten Eyck in 1916. They specialize in apples, pumpkins, berries, and other U-pick crops, but as the craft beverage trend grew, the Ten Eyck family saw an opportunity to return to this region’s “roots” as a brewing hotbed and built the Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery, using the ingredients they grew right on the farm — hops, malting barley, apples, pears, berries, and pumpkins. Last year, they added a tasting room, which is open to the public year-round for beer and hard cider by the glass or growler. The 320-acre farm is protected farmland, part of the Open Space Institute’s efforts to secure agricultural lands that are eaten up by development. In May, you can stop in to see new baby animals in the barn.