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An Apple a Day: 4 Hard Ciders We Love

Dec 09, 2019 09:05AM
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a hard cider a day is even better! Toast to the season with one of the refreshing picks below.

Candlelight & Roses


ABV: 6.9%
Available on draft at Nitty’s Cider, 53653 South River Road, Clarksburg, 916-877-5336, nittyscider.com
TASTING NOTES: This dry, unfiltered cider is made with blackberries and cherries, which utilize the dry apple base to make it flavorful and not too sweet.

Farmhouse Dry

Farmhouse Dry


ABV: 8.5%
Available at Lassen Traditional Cider, 26 Bellarmine Court, Chico, 530-593-0555, lassencider.com
TASTING NOTES: Made from a blend of fresh-pressed heirloom and cider apples from the Cascade and Sierra Nevada foothills, this award-winning, barrel-fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized cider is aged in neutral red wine barrels, which adds a level of complexity to its flavor.

Ace Pineapple

Ace Pineapple

 

ABV: 5%
Available at ACE Cider, 2064 Gravenstein Highway North, Building 4, Sebastopol, acecider.com
TASTING NOTES: Take your palate to paradise with the world's original pineapple cider. Instantly sweet with a tart finish, it’s tasty out of the bottle or used as a mixer alongside coconut rum.

Ginger Pineapple

Ginger Pineapple


ABV: 6.5%
Available at North Canyon Cider Company, 3541 North Canyon Road, Camino, 650-520-4349, northcanyoncider.com
TASTING NOTES: Light, refreshingly crisp, and deliciously sweet, this cider boasts a perfect balance between farm-fresh apples— pressed daily at North Canyon’s family-owned, solar-powered cider mill in Apple Hill—and zesty ginger.

Compiled by Tara Mendanha & Megan Wiskus