100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack

A potent small-batch brandy made in upstate New York from local apples

Anyone who’s been to Normandy, France or has a solid interest in spirits knows the wonders of Calvados, the high-proof apple brandy that really packs a punch. However, apple brandy happens to be an American tradition, as well. It’s known as Apple Jack and, while the ABV is still high, the finish is definitely sweeter. Black Dirt Distilling—named for the Black Dirt region where the …

Left Field Cider Co.

A family of brewers blending local BC apples with French and English varieties for a minimally sweet alcoholic drink

While roughly half of the world’s cider is still made in the UK, it turns out that the apples in British Columbia can yield a pretty kick-ass artisanal cider too. The young Left Field Cider Co., founded in 2011, started out as Kate Garthwaite’s curious hobby and eventually, her enthusiasm spread to her parents and sister Theresa. Formerly in the ranching business for three generations, …

Aaron Burr Cider

A true (hard) cider from locally grown and foraged apples in New York

It makes sense that Aaron Burr Cider is made at a small Sullivan County, New York homestead farm, built in the early 19th century—since cider itself is one of America’s most historic beverages, and the region’s often stark winter temperatures are perfect for making the brew. At the farm, pippin apple varietals (used specifically for cider, in the same way wine grapes are used only …