Orchard Ales: Minnesota's Booming Cider Beer Scene

Posted by Beau Farrell on Oct 5, 2017 3:41:42 PM

cider beerOnce October hits, it seems our fascination and deep thirst for all things from the orchard strikes – whether it's apples or pumpkins, you'll notice an explosion of autumn favorites. Minnesota's booming cider beer scene is exciting and fruitful. Our orchards are plump with arguably the country's best apples, so it's only logical we'd crush it with our ciders.

Hard Facts

What's the difference between a beer and a cider? Everything, except perhaps the delivery system. Bottle or can.

First, a beer is basically defined as a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malt and flavored with hops. Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of fruit, most often apples. Hard cider can be classified from dry to sweet.

7 Minnesota Cider Recommendations from Haskell's Beer Experts:

  1. Number 12 Cider House - Minnesota-made sparkling dry cider in a 750 ML bottle, plus blackcurrant and chestnut ciders.
  2. Loon Juice - From Spring Valley, Minnesota, using Honeycrisp apples.
  3. Sociable Cider Werks Freewheeler - A Minnesota local favorite. A 4-pack you won't want to share.
  4. Lionheart - Minnesota's favorite apples make this a winner in a 4-pack.
  5. Wyndfall "Homesteader" - A local artisan hard cider in a 22 oz. bottle. Unfiltered.
  6. Leidel's "Hebron" Brut Cider - A medium bodied, slightly carbonated, bright brut of a Minnesota cider.
  7. Yellow Belly Cider - From Sapsucker Farms in Mora, Minnesota, they call it "Minnesota's Champagne."

If those aren't enough, here are some other ciders from other places.

  1. Ciderboys First Press Hard Cider - From Stevens Point, Wisconsin, it's pure sweet-sharp apple goodness.
  2. Smith & Forge Hard Cider - Our neighbors in Wisconsin make great robust and dry cider. Here's a 4-pack.
  3. Original Sin Cider - From New York City come these terrific 6-packs made from New York State apples. Available in other flavors, too.
  4. Traditions Ciderworks Amity Rose - From Willamette Valley in Oregon, a 750 ML bottle you can bring to a party.
  5. Strongbow Cider - The classic cider of England.

Looking for great day trips this autumn? Don't forget to visit Minnesota's apple orchards and cideries.

If you're not one to hit the open road on a cidery tour, you can always stop by the closest Haskell's location to pick up your favorite cider from the wish list. Of course, you can pre-order and pick up or have us deliver, too. Plus, you're just in time for our Fall Sale. Catch the best deals of the season by clicking the icon below!

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Topics: Made in Minnesota