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Our Favorite Hard Cider Picks for 2016

Posted by Beau Farrell on Feb 17, 2016 11:31:03 AM

AdobeStock_68363257.jpegHow many different types of apple varieties can you name? Did you get stumped after Honeycrisp and Cortland? Actually, there are more 7,000 varieties of apples in the world. And for making cider, some say the more bitter, the better.

Cider is usually made from fermented apples, but other fruits such as pears and even cherries are also used. The history of cider is pretty interesting – it’s what the Pilgrims drank.

So, to get you started, here are 10 of our favorite hard cider picks for 2016. 

Sociable Cider Werks

When this Minnesota startup began making its delicious dry, tart ciders, we were counting the days it would be available for retail. Now it is. Get it by the 4-pack at our Downtown Minneapolis location.

Etienne Dupont Givre Ice Cider

Givre – yes, it is French - will go very well with many desserts, especially those based on apple. But it will also go well with foie gras.

Traditions Ciderworks Amity Rose Dry Cider

From Willamette Valley comes this complex vintage cider, which will improve with cellaring.

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider
Out of New Hampshire comes this radically dry bubbly cider that is excellent with spicy food.

Angry Orchard The Muse

Inspired by the festive nature of slightly sweet Demi-Sec champagnes and sparkling wines, the Muse is bubbly and effervescent.

Smith & Forge Hard Cider

Made in Wisconsin by Miller, not too sweet, not too dry.

Original Sin 'Cherry Tree' Hard Cider

Heirloom apples and tart cherries. Clean, fresh taste.

Leidel's 'Hebron' Brut Cider

Minnesota-grown apples and ingenuity come together for this locally produced cider.

Duche de Longueville French Sparkling Cider

Non-alcoholic. Perfect for when you want to have something special on hand without alcohol. It’s French, it’s bubbly. 

Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders Variety Pack

Out of Belgium comes this variety pack — especially good for parties or for experimenting with flavors.

And do you know what makes hard cider even better? Having it delivered to your door. You can use Drizly to have it delivered. Pretty sweet, indeed.

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