The list of cider-centric watering holes grows nearly as fast as cider consumption itself. Get your scrumpy on at this updated selection of cider-savvy locales across North America, from cider hubs centered around food and drink pairings, to others that operate as a bar and production space, serving house-made blends after production hours. These spots are a fantastic way to sip and get acquainted with cider for the next Friday (or any) night outing or after work drink.
Wassail, New York City: Ironically enough, Wassail is located on Orchard Street in Lower Eastside Manhattan. The bar and restaurant has more than 90 ciders on tap and by the bottle, with an extensive list of apple-based cocktails as well. Wassail’s cider director Dan Pucci along with Wayside Cider’s Alex Wilson are spearheading the Urban Apple Project by foraging urban apples to make cider with the first batch available next spring.
Ace Cider, Sebastopol, CA: In Northern California, some prefer to ferment grapes while others prefer apples, as is the case of Ace Cider. The cidery has been brewing since 1993 with seven ciders currently on the market. Blends including perry, berry and apple honey. The pub and tasting room called Ace-in-the-Hole Pub is opened daily for all to share a glass of Ace’s award-winning cider.
Cider Bite, Portland, OR: Dubbed as the first cider house in Portland, west of the Willamette River, Cider Bite in the Pearl District offers 25 ciders on tap, various bottled ciders and a growler fill. Cider Bite’s cider list boasts many names active in the local craft cider scene including Anthem Cider’s Pear, Schilling & Company Cider Pom-Cran and 2 Towns Cider Ginja Ninja.
Urban Orchard Cider Co. and Bar, Asheville, NC: Year round, Urban Orchard has at least three ciders on tap brewed at the production space underneath its Cider Bar. For the experimental individual who would like to try something new in their glass, Urban Cider has an ever-rotating experimental batch on tap, or a seasonal selection for a rare boozy venture. The expansive list also includes international ciders.
Bishop Cider Co., Dallas: Named after the Bishops Arts District where the cidery is located, Bishop Cider Co. operates as a bar when it isn’t in production. Besides nabbing a pint of cider at this watering hole, you can sample a range of ciders off the current tap list in one of the flights or fill a growler to take home to keep your self cider-happy till it runs dry.
Capitol Cider, Seattle: In the heart of Capitol Hill neighborhood, this establishment has a tap list of 20 ciders that changes frequently for the season and a list of 150 bottled ciders with selections from Washington state, Oregon, Montana, California British Columbia, England, France, Spain and beyond. The bottle shop offers take away options or for in-house consumption along with a growler station for a select number of draft ciders.
Portland Cider House, Portland, OR: With has 28 ciders on tap for the choosing (including Portland Cider originals and taproom only releases), this Taproom is separate from the production cidery in nearby Oregon City but pours pints, growlers and sample flights with a few unreleased and limited availability ciders thrown in the mix from friends and producers in Oregon and Washington state.
Cigar City Cider & Mead, Tampa: Since opening in 2014 in the historic district of Ybor City, Cigar City offers a wide selection of house made meads along with ciders to expand beverages choices on the market. Recently, Cigar City has been canning and bottling their cider and mead to offer its selections outside of the taproom. Off the tap list, guests can take home offer select growler fills, 6-packs and bottles.
Left photo courtesy of Capitol Cider, right top photo courtesy of Urban Orchard, right bottom photo courtesy of Wassail.