Though hard cider traces its roots all the way back to the founding fathers—Thomas Jefferson purportedly made his own from apples grown at Monticello—the crisp, bright beverage is having a thoroughly modern moment, with sales tripling between 2007 and 2012—and giving the craft beer scene a run for its money. Fittingly, fans of the fermented apple juice are seeking places where they can sip and savor the naturally gluten-free drink, and options abound, both in pastoral country settings worthy of a day trip, and in sophisticated urban tasting rooms smack dab in the middle of major city centers. Here’s our list of cider hot spots to visit in the United States.
By Alexis Korman
Alexis Korman is a freelance wine, food, and travel writer based in New Orleans. She is also Contributing Food Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine and founder of blog City City Bang Bang. Follow her on Twitter @lexisips.