Honey Moon Mead & Cider of Bellingham is Refreshingly Original

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Tucked into the alleyway of Bellingham’s State Street hangs a full moon casting its shadow against the vibrant exterior of…

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Following a night of celebration over some homemade cider in 2013, the idea of Revel Cider Co. was spawned. Now in its second year of production, the Ontario-based cidery has since been making some of the most talked about ciders in Canada. Quite the accomplishment for its founder, now 23-year-old, college-dropout, Tariq Ahmed.

Vander Mill’s Too Gold is a bit of a rare bird. Using a blend of Grimes Golden, Golden Russet and GoldRush apples, the varieties are fermented and aged separately in American white oak, then melded together in the final blend. As a result, the Michigan-based cidery has created a cider that is not shy to fly the coop when it comes to conventional American standards of the drink.

We all love cider but sometimes that just isn’t quite enough. No, sometimes you want to go enjoy cider at a tasting room, taproom or cidery that, for one reason or another, makes you stop and stare at its splendor, from the historic and modern to the wonderful and scenic. Whether it’s a gorgeous interior, an amazing location or even a rock wall, these cideries all have breathtaking tasting rooms that will give you food for thought as well as cider for your stomach.

The charm behind pork’s 1980s nickname as “the other white meat” can still bring a smile to meat lovers faces. The sheer versatility of the dish makes it a home cook’s favorite, but it can often be hard to decide just what exactly to do with the meat. You can bake it, grill it, sear it on a skillet, serve it with fruit or with vegetables, make it spicy or sweet. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Located in the heart of British Columbia wine country, Merridale Estate Cidery defines itself as “apples expressed.” Using time-tested cider varieties from England, France and Germany, like Tremlett’s Bitter, Michelin, Dabinett, Frequin Rouge and more, the cidery-distillery produces on-site in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, chosen for its apple-growing terroir.

If you’re reading this, it is likely established that cider is made from apples. This, to say the least, is no secret. While an impressive amount of variety has been achieved using this one fruit, it may leave many fans of the drink yearning for something a bit different.

We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but what about when those apples are paired with flowers and herbs? That’s exactly what many cideries have begun to experiment with, using cider ingredients that stray far from the scope of just apples (or even other fruit for that matter). From lavender to basil, the following ciders are sure to include a range of ingredients straight out of your home garden.
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