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5 Spot: Hard ciders worth trying this fall

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but health benefits aren't the reason a certain apple product is becoming so popular these days. Hard ciders have become a go-to drink for many adults, and it's easy to see why.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but health benefits aren’t the reason a certain apple product is becoming so popular these days.
Hard ciders have become a go-to drink for many adults, and it’s easy to see why. The beverages are gluten-free – a lifesaver for former beer drinkers who have given up on wheat products for dietary reasons – and offer a nice break from the ales and lagers that remain more popular in pubs and restaurants.
Chilled cider has become a hot commodity, the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day or savor the flavors of apple harvest during the winter.
It’s easy to find some of the standard ciders, with many establishments now offering Angry Orchard and Woodchuck.
Still, with the booming cider business, consumers have more options to try something new. Here are five interesting ciders that might be worth a sip.
1. More than apple: My first experience with Wisconsin-brewed Ciderboys was its First Press, a traditional hard cider, and the company’s seasonal pairings are worth a try.
Pineapple Hula offers the sweet, delicious flavor of pineapple juice in a hard cider that’s maybe a bit sweet for regular drinking, but a nice alternative.
2. Cidre, not cider: The seemingly misspelled name is a clue: This one’s European.
When Belgium-based Stella Artois first announced its Cidre last fall, the big question was if it could craft a cider as well as its popular imported beer. The answer, at least in my opinion, is yes.
Stella’s Cidre manages to tone down the sweetness that often overpowers the other flavors in many ciders, while still resulting in an easy-to-drink beverage. This one’s become a personal favorite, even if it costs a bit more.
3. A sinful combination: New York City’s Original Sin has been in the cider business since 1997, well before the drink’s resurgence in America, and one of its newest addition intrigues me.
I’ve yet to try it – I first spotted this on local liquor store shelves last weekend – but I will eventually splurge on the pricey Original Sin Elderberry Cider.
4. Grab a can: MillerCoors knows a lucrative trend when it sees one, and the juggernaut got into the cider business with its Smith & Forge hard cider earlier this year.
It’s not as sweet as the most popular Angry Orchard or Woodchuck varieties, and that’s a good thing.
5. California dreaming: Another not-just-apple variation that I’ve liked is made by Sebastopol, Calif.,-based Ace Cider, which crafts several tempting varieties including apple-honey, berry and pumpkin.
It’s become a bit harder to find Ace products on local shelves, so I haven’t enjoyed this as much lately. But when I spot Ace’s Perry hard cider – infused with pear flavor – I snag a six-pack.

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