A-peel-ing Ciders for the Fall

Hard cider has a history of being traditionally generalized as a "sweet" beverage, cast aside as simple and low-quality. Lately, however, cider has seen a bit of a renaissance. People are now understanding the wide spectrum of flavors and sugar levels available, and also of the various techniques, both traditional and modern, used to create this delicious drink. Hard cider demands that cidermakers care for their apple trees as thoroughly as winemakers care for their vines, and changes in weather patterns and pests are also major concerns. Many cidermakers work closely with local apple producers where there is a mutual benefit for each. Considering apples used in cider do not need to look beautiful, only taste good, cidermakers are able to take the less beautiful, damaged apples that might otherwise be thrown out and can instead turn them into cider. Ciders have been taken to such a level that you don’t need a reason to enjoy one, and have the added benefit of being gluten-free. The fruitiness of ciders makes them versatile pairing partners for a wide range of dishes and flavors. Cider pairs especially well with savory meats and cheese, as well as fruity and sweet desserts. Choose your fighter (er, cider?) and enjoy!


Natural Cider Sagardoa

Tastes nice. Almost like a natural wine. Not too sweet. — 4 years ago

Greenwood Cider Co

Dry Apple Cider

Moderate carbonation, little to no head on pour, medium sized bubbles. Golden brown in color. Perfumed apple profile in aroma. 7.8% ABV. Almost dry, somewhat astringent, slightly bitter, fruity finish, tasty while not sweet. High alcohol and dryness work well together, good acidity but not all that malic in character. Not a session cider but well made. Label claims flavor profile of apple peel (yes), lime (undertone of it) and fresh straw (also yes). Creative but unidentified mix of dessert apple and rare and scavenged varieties. — 4 years ago

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Phonograph Cider

Phonograph Northern Spy New York State Heirloom Apples

This retains the flavor of the apples, just with bubble and alcohol :) . Probably not for everyone as it is dry and tart. No complexity just apples. Quite good though either with food or just sipping. — 6 years ago

Trixie, Sharon and 7 others liked this

Rose Hill Farm

Pearly Dewdrops Fruit Cider

Very fruity with slight acidity and fermentation notes, refreshing. — 4 years ago

Severn and Alex liked this

TenFiveOne Cider Co.

Pineapple Shubbie

Ten Five One Cider Co. PIneaple Shubbie. Real Pineapple added to an off dry hard apple cider. Loads of pineapple flavor ❤️ — 4 years ago

Tom, S.S. and 14 others liked this


Very nice! Definitely would enjoy a glass of this!🍍
MaJ CappS

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Sounds so refreshing!
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Smart combo

Metal House Cider

Sparkling Cider 2015

Very good Sparkling cider. Medium tart apple and nose and pallet. Nice balance and “fizz.” Dry but still quite refreshing. Thanking Kevin Zraly for sharing this one. — 6 years ago

Philip, Severn and 1 other liked this

McIntosh Wine Cellars

Fine Traditional Draught Apple Cider

McIntosh Cellars Semi Dry Hard Cider. So refreshing and not too sweet — 4 years ago

Severn and Alex liked this
Madison Elizabeth

Madison Elizabeth

McIntosh Cellars Semi Dry Hard Cider. So refreshing and not too sweet
Madison Elizabeth

Madison Elizabeth

McIntosh Cellars Semi Dry Hard Cider. So refreshing and not too sweet

Le Coste

Bianchetto Procanico Blend 2017

Apricot, apple, cider on the nose. Piercing acidic funky skin contact but very clean and crisp. — 6 years ago

sophia liked this

Downeast Cider House

Pumpkin Blend

Summer? Never heard of it. disclaimer: I don’t like PSLs but I do like this. Ready for turtleneck season. #gourdgeous — 6 years ago

P, Dawn and 11 others liked this


Dry Rosé Cider

Excellent! Recommended by a friend and this can did not disappoint! — 6 years ago

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