Meet our Cidermaker
Will (as he prefers to be called), was born and raised on Long Island, in the small hamlet of Hauppauge, N.Y. He grew up in the hospitality industry as an employee apprentice of his hardworking family’s deli and catering business. After being diagnosed in his early 20’s with a gluten intolerance, Will was forced to abandon his love of the craft beer scene and his home brewing experiences. As Apple Cider is Naturally Gluten free, Will became interested and delved into a new passion for all things Apple Cider. He is currently taking the reins as the new cidermaker of The Riverhead Ciderhouse.
Will attended Marist College for a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Most recently, he furthered his knowledge of the cider world with a course through Cornell University. This course, “Cider & Perry Production; a Foundation”, was conducted by the renowned, award-winning cider, and perry producer, Peter Mitchell. Will frequently attends various product showcases, conferences, and seminars around the country; to escalate his understanding of the production of cider, as well as growing the Riverhead Ciderhouse brand. He has been featured on, Telecare, Newsday, News 12, and in Pulse Magazine, to name a few.
In Will’s current role as cidermaker, he is directly responsible for the cultivation of cider varieties, acting as liaison to our distribution partners, as well as production, and development. Since joining the Ciderhouse team, he has spent time sourcing and sampling various ciders spanning locally and inclusive of the entire upstate, and Finger Lakes regions; as a means for comparison, and also to enhance the overall production of The Riverhead Ciderhouse hand crafted ciders.