8 Spectacular Craft Ciders


We can’t get enough of this season’s Honeycrisps — or Pippins, Braeburns, and Jonagolds. For a sparkling take on that bright apple taste, our food editors tasted the full crop of American craft ciders. These rich, complex brews are their favorites:

1. Serve West County Cider’s lightly caramelly Redfield after dinner with a hunk of blue cheese. ($14)

2. Exploding with exotic, bright lycheelike flavor, Tieton Cider Works’ Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider is delicious on its own or as part of a mixed cocktail. ($7.50)

3. Savory Belle de Boskoop, by West County, features notes of citrus and spice. ($14)

4. Easy-to-sip Northern Spy, by Eve’s Cidery, reminds us of apple pie. ($15)

5. Smackintosh, by Tandem Ciders, is refreshing and lip-smackingly tart. ($13)

6. Made with pippin apples, Foggy Ridge Cider’s Handmade is the most Champagne-like of the ciders we’ve tasted. ($10)

7. Slyboro Ciderhouse’s Hidden Star is crisp, aromatic, and smooth. ($12)

8. Bellweather Hard Cider’s Black Magic gets its deep berry flavor and color from black currants. ($13)

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