Hard Apple Cider

Learn more about this delicious New England tradition!

Hard apple cider, made by artisans across Massachusetts and the country, is undergoing a Renaissance! Hard apple cider has been enjoyed as a refreshing beverage for thousands of years. Today's fine line- up of this locally made beverage features a wide array of styles for every palette, often made with apples grown and harvested nearby. The apple variety contributes to the hard cider flavor profile with styles that are bone dry or very sweet. Cider apples are not the same as those in the supermarkets. They often have more tannins and acidity. How the cider is crafted determines its elegant, complex or earthy bouquet, just as the cider apples' terroir contributes flavor nuances based on the weather, soil, and geography. Check websites of the hard cider businesses listed to find retail locations where the products can be purchased, as well as tasting room hours. View our map of Hard Apple Cider makers.

Apples on a tree

Greater Boston

Artifact Cider, Everett

Bantam Cider Company, Somerville

Downeast Cider House, Charlestown

Harpoon Brewing, Boston

North of Boston

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury

Far from the Tree, Salem

Russel Orchards, Ipswich

Central Massachusetts/MetroWest

Lookout Farm Hard Cider, Natick

Pony Shack Cidery, Boxborough

Carlson Orchards Hard Cider, Harvard

Ragged Hill Cider, West Brookfield

Barrels at Nashoba Valley Winery

Western Massachusetts

Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery, Ashfield

Carr's Ciderhouse, Hadley

Graham Farmhouse, West Stockbridge

Headwater Cider, Hawley

Hilltop Orchards, Richmond

Kosinski Farms (Raven Hollow Winery), Westfield

West County Cider, Shelburne


Look for these other Ciders in stores and at festivals!


Artifact Cider

High Limb Hard Cider

Homestead Hard Cider

Prospect Ciderworks

Saintly Cider

Shoal Hopes Ciderworks

Stoneybrook Cider

Stormalong Cider