While our favorite hard ciders are generally available year round, there’s something about the changing of the seasons from Summer into Fall that makes these fruity libations taste their best. Hard cider is a wildly popular beverage around the world and we’ve come to embrace it as our go-to fall drink. We always have cider on hand at clambakes and tailgate parties or around the house for weekend refreshment.
For centuries, hard cider has been produced around the world by fermenting pressed apple juice into a refreshing beverage. Over time ciders have stayed relatively the same (not that it’s a bad thing) but many innovative brewers have begun incorporating other juices like cherry and pear into their exciting new varieties of cider.
Travel to the United Kingdom, France or Ireland and you’ll find that cider is a popular and important beverage in those places. You’d be hard pressed to walk into an English pub and not find a patron or two sipping on a Strongbow or Magner’s Cider.
In the States, you might be more familiar with varieties like Woodchuck, Angry Orchard or Redd’s, all available at Heinen’s. Take a peek at three of our favorites below, that are available now.
Our Favorite Ciders for the Season
Le Brun Organic Hard Cidre – 4% ABV
Produced in Brittany, France
Made from organically grown apples, this cider is lightly sweet and fruity and then dries out as the palate lingers with balancing tannins and moderate acidity and a mild hint of wood in the aftertaste. It has a juicy feel to it, but also depth and character.
B Nektar Zombie Killer Cherry Cider – 5.5% ABV
Produced in Ferndale, Michigan
Tart cherry sweetness up front with full, yet crisp fermented cider. Heavy apple skin complements the cherry. Sweet, creamy honey rounds the flavor and balances the tartness of the cherry. Light carbonation lifts the flavor while the honey smooths the overall mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and clean.
Bite Hard Dry Apple Cider – 6.9% ABV
Produced in Boonville, California
Bite Hard Apple Cider is a crisp, semi-dry cider, slow fermented from heirloom apples in an English tradition. Made from tannic and full-bodied fruit, this cider carries its distinctive bite with a clean and unique apple finish and citrus notes. Bite hard takes the time to seek out and preserve the best that Autumn has to offer.