Best Cellar Selections For Ciders

Pear Hard Cider
Clear bright silver color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of overripe pears citrus, brewer’s yeast, baked salted root vegetables, and straw with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, swift honeyed apples and melons, vanilla, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced perry with a solid core of fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Sparkling Dry Cider
Brilliant yellow color. Delicate, yeasty aromas of sour dough bagel, fermenting apples, hominy, and delicate spice with an oily, tart, bubbly, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long reduced lemon and lime, grass, nut skin, and oak finish. A bracing, mouthwatering cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Bushelhead" Hard Cider
Hazy bright gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of apple tart, vanilla nougat, nut flour, and banana custard with an even, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lemon curd, apple custard, and oat granola finish. A richly flavored and textured cider with great barrel-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
"Fire Barrel" Cider
Clear medium golden yellow color. Earthy, waxy aromas of melted crayon, apple creme brulee, dulce de leche gelato, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, crisp roasted nuts, balsa, and grass finish. A sturdy, very earth dry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab