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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

Bantam Cider Company, Somerville

Downeast Cider House, Charlestown

Harpoon Brewing, Boston

North of Boston

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury

Far from the Tree, Salem

Russell Orchards, Ipswich

Central Massachusetts/MetroWest

Lookout Farm Hard Cider, Natick

Pony Shack Cider, Boxborough

Carlson Orchards Hard Cider, Harvard

Ragged Hill Cider, West Brookfield

Barrels at Nashoba Valley Winery

South of Boston

High Limb Cider, Plymouth

Shoal Hopes Ciderworks, Hyannis

Western Massachusetts

Artifact Cider, Florence

Bear Swamp Orchard Distillery and Cidery, Ashfield

Berkshire Cider Project, North Adams

Carr's Ciderhouse, Hadley

Hilltop Orchards, Richmond

Outlook Farm Ciderhouse, Westhampton

West County Cider, Shelburne Falls

 

Look for these other Ciders in stores and at festivals!

Headwater Cider, Hawley

Stoneybrook Cider

Stormalong Cider

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