Summer of Cider
Dry-hopped hard cider is the great diplomat of beverages. A stress-free partner for just about any fare, the citrusy, gluten-free sip pleases both discerning oenophiles and dyed-in-the-wool beer lovers—thanks to the addition of Northwest-grown hops. We’ve gathered five summery selections from craft cideries in the Northwest.
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
The Anthem line sets the bar for hopped ciders, infusing fresh-pressed local apple juice with Oregon-grown Cascade hops for more than three weeks. The resulting cider has a tartness that recalls crisp, easy-drinking lagers. Find It: Local taps and bottle shops
Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider
Tieton Cider Works
Pressed in Tieton, Washington, with gnarly cider apples from a family-owned orchard and a blend of hops from the Yakima Valley, this clear, light cider has terroir in spades. Dry, with a light fizz, it’s perfect for tipplers averse to sweetness. Find it: New Seasons
Dry Hopped Hard Cider
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
The Finnriver cidery on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula churns out earthy, organic ciders like this off-dry, floral, Cascade-hopped variety. Find it: Make a trip to Finnriver’s tasting room in
Chimacum for a true cider pilgrimage.
Hallelujah Hopricot Hard Cider
For this one-of-a-kind pint, Portland cidermaker Nat West transforms a haul of fresh apricots and apples, lemony Amarillo hops, five unique ale and wine yeasts, and much of his spice cabinet into a balanced, fruity bottle. Find it: Reverend Nat’s new cidery taproom
Dry Hopped Cider
Schilling & Company
A scion of the Schilling Spice Company, Seattle-based cider man Colin Schilling is hoping to make DHC the next IPA—by putting it in an eco-friendly can. Schilling’s cidery launched in April with a single variety, but Schilling expects a full lineup in the coming months. Find it: On tap at Bushwhacker Cider and in cans at Whole Foods