What is the difference between Big Brand Ciders and Artisanal Ciders?
Most broadly distributed domestic ciders use common apples,or apple concentrate and add sugar. As a result the ciders are cheaper to make.
Artisanal Cideries use cider apples and don't add sugar. They use the traditional method: pick, press, ferment and serve. As a result, the ciders are more expensive to make.
What are cider apples?
Many of common apples we know today were chosen because they ship well and because they look pretty. Cider apples or heirloom apples were selected for making alcohol, for flavor and acidity. They don't look pretty or travel well.
Is making artisanal cider more like making beer or wine?
It's more like making wine, because you are dependent on the quality of the fruit.
The Cider Spectrum
Ciders range from dry to semidry to sweet. Here’s how our favorites stack up
Maiden Rock Crabby Cider, Stockholm, WI
Colorado Cider Co Glider Dry Cider, Denver, CO
Maiden Rock Stumpy, Stockholm, WI
Colorado Cider Co Newtown Pippin, Denver, CO
Colorado Cider Co Cherry Glider, Denver, CO
Colorado Cider Co Ol Stumpy, Denver, CO
Colorado Cider Co, Grass-hop-ah, Denver, CO
Colorado Cider CoGlider Cider, Denver, CO
Maiden Rock Honeycrisp Cider, Stockholm, WI
Longdrop Cider Co Semi-Sweet, Boise, Idaho
Colorado Cider Co Pom Mel, Denver, CO
Colorado Cider, Co Pearsnickety, Denver, CO
Longdrop Cider Co, Vanilla Honey, Boise, Idaho