I used to wonder why we imported apple cider from the UK when we produce so many apples in the United States. Thankfully the dawn of American apple cider is here.
Cider producers have been popping up nationwide — and that’s a good thing. For 2016, a tantalizing array of Good Food Awards cider finalists are all over the map:
- 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Traditions Riverwood, Oregon
- AeppelTreow Winery, Barn Swallow, Wisconsin
- Argus Cidery, Malus Cuvée & Perennial 2013, Texas
- Art + Science, Wild Perry, Oregon
- Big B’s Hard Cider, Pear Supply & Orchard Original & Grizzly Brand, Colorado
- Eaglemount Wine and Cider, Ginger Cider, Washington
- Eden Ice Cider Company, Brandy Barrel Heirloom Blend & Sparkling Semi-Dry &
- Sparkling Dry, Vermont
- Ela Cider Company, Stone Silo, Wisconsin
- Eve’s Cidery, Albee Hill 2014, New York
- Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Firebarrel, Washington
- Foggy Ridge Cider, Handmade, Virginia
- Shacksbury, Lost and Found & Farmhouse, Vermont
- Snowdrift Cider Co., Cornice & Red, Washington
Good news: At the end of 2016, the CIDER Act will provide tax breaks to cider producers, to help them sell more competitively on the world market.
Many of the great cider startups have sprung from apple orchards which can make more dough from an alcoholic drink a day than an apple a day. As you know where there’s money there’s big beverage companies. Beer companies like Miller Coors have been crafting their own cider brands (not always made from 100% apples / apple juice).
Learn more about the cider industry
- Association of U.S. Cider Makers
- Cider Conference
- Profile of a Cider Marketer
- Hard cider’s comeback (USA Today)