Son of Man’s Basque-Style Cidery in Cascade Locks, Oregon

Funky, earthy cider that's definitely different than the common kind

The land surrounding Son of Man’s brewing facilities in Cascade Locks has an untouched quality—as if life slowly appeared over time, careful not to interrupt what was already here. Just a few miles from the facility, the Bridge of the Gods connects Washington and Oregon. On the Columbia River below, Native American tribes have exclusive fishing rights for salmon. The few tourists that pass through …

Six Hard Ciders for Spring Sipping

Delight in a glass from seasonal editions to specific varietals from single-origin farms

Over a year ago, the small-batch magnificence of upstate New York’s Aaron Burr Cider appeased our palate in a very unique way—and made us delve deeper into one of the fastest growing markets in the drinks world. Cider is a lighthearted beverage, but when made with care it truly shines. Regardless of sparkling or still variations, and whether or not the attributes and experience of …

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 …

Shire City Herbals Fire Cider

The family-owned company's spicy concoction will ward off colds and even abate hangovers

by Eva Glettner People have been searching for preventative and homeopathic treatments for the common cold for centuries, and one such remedy is Fire Cider, which has been all but perfected by Shire City Herbals, a Massachusetts-based family-run business. Their concoction can tame sore throats, fight cold and flu symptoms—even abate hangovers and heartburn. Shire City Herbals Fire Cider is comprised of certified organic apple …