5 Hard Ciders to Try

by: Kelly Leighton
January 15, 2014

I am not a big beer drinker. Sure, I had my fair share of Natty Ice during frat parties in college, but ever since I’ve been legally able to drink, rum and diet coke has been my go-to drink.


But with the new year, and my goal to quit drinking so much soda (I haven’t had ONE since the new year!), I’ve been hunting for alcoholic alternatives. Fortunately, over the last year I have fallen totally in love with hard ciders.

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Here are my current favorites:

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple


Hands down, this is my favorite cider. Mixed with cinnamon, this apple cider is sweet and goes down very easily. The company recommends you pair with it something sweet, like a vanilla bean cupcake. I think it goes perfect with anything, and I enjoyed sipping on one last weekend while munching on some homemade sweet potato fries.

Woodchuck Fall Cider

I must really love cinnamon, because this cider packs a strong cinnamon punch. This is a close second favorite, its availability is much more limited — you can only find this in the fall. As much as I hate the end of summer, I love that it means Woodchuck Fall Cider will be back on draft at some watering holes.

Doc’s Hard Pear Cider

I had two of these after Yoga Detox and Retox on Saturday and I loved them. The pear flavoring adds just the right amount of flavoring to give this cider a kick. I also really like their pumpkin cider, but alas, that is seasonal.

Jack’s Cider, Helen’s Blend


I’m obviously not a fan of dry ciders, and this is no exception. I had totally forget how much I liked these, and then I enjoyed one of these at happy hour on Friday at Anthony’s. This cider is super sweet, like drinking apple juice.

Stella Artois Cidre

Considering my dad has always been a fan of Stella Artois beer, it’s not surprising that the apple does not fall far from the tree — I thoroughly enjoy their cider. It isn’t overly sweet, but is instead very crisp and pleasant. This is the perfect pick for someone who doesn’t want something too sweet or too dry.

What’s your favorite cider?

Categories: Craft Beer, Food/Drink


5 thoughts on “5 Hard Ciders to Try

  1. Lauren on said:

    I just tried the Stella Cidre earlier this week – LOVED it! Tip: on Tuesdays at MoMo’s on Market Street, they do half-priced “bombers,” which are 22-oz. bottles. They have the Stella Cidre for $8 regularly, so I ended up getting it for only $4!

    • kelly on said:

      Whoa! Thanks for the tip. That’s a steal.

  2. Brian ONeill on said:

    You should try Hard Rock Cider out of Virginia. It’s really good.

  3. Brian ONeill on said:

    *Bold Rock Hard Cider

    • kelly on said:

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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