8 Delicious Hard Ciders You Need to Buy Now!

These seasonal ciders will help you celebrate - and get through - those crisp, cool nights

Crispin Georgia Hard Cider

Crispin Georgia Hard Cider

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Just released this fall, Crispin’s latest is a Bourbon cask-aged hard apple cider with Georgia peach juice, mint, and bourbon barrel-aged Tupelo honey. It’s sold in 12-ounce bottles across the country, or you can find it on tap in small quantities in select parts of the U.S.

Harpoon Pumpkin Cider

Harpoon Pumpkin Cider

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Locally harvested pumpkins and apples are combined with seasonal spices to make Harpoon Pumpkin Cider the brewery’s latest seasonal bottling. The dry, sprightly cider has a satisfying apple-y taste, with all the traditional autumn flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg; a touch of sweetness adds balance.

Famille E. Dupont Cidre Bouche Vintage Harvest 2012

Famille E. Dupont Cidre Bouche Vintage Harvest 2012

calvados-dupont.com

The latest vintage of the cellar-worthy Famille E. Dupont Cidre Bouche was released in July. Created using the traditional methods of France’s cider-making region of Pays d'Auge, this is full of fruit and fresh, bold flavors. It has aromas of cooked apples with hints of leather and caramel. Serve it as an aperitif or with white meats, fish or cheeses such as Camembert, or pair it with apple-based desserts and sweet or savory crèpes.

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider

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Available from now until February, Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple balances the sweet, slightly tart flavor of Washington state apples with the spicy heat of cinnamon and hints of cocoa. It’s smooth and warming, perfect for the colder months ahead. The spicy flavor profile pairs well with all kinds of comfort foods, from barbecue and mac n’ cheese to butternut squash soup, chili and pumpkin pie.

Woodchuck Cellar Series Dry Hop Hard Cider

Woodchuck Cellar Series Dry Hop Hard Cider

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In August, Woodchuck Hard Cider launched its Cellar Series, a new line of ciders crafted from the many recipes and test batches tucked away in the back of the cidery’s cellar. The series will debut a new cider every few months, and the first is this Woodchuck Cellar Series Dry Hop, infused with crisp citrus and pine notes.

Strongbow

Strongbow

strongbowcider.com

Made in Hereford, England, by Bulmer’s, Strongbow hard cider balances the bold taste of bittersweet fermented cider with the fresh flavor of farmer’s market apples. Drink it over ice, or serve it in a seasonal cocktail like the Honey Bow: Mix 4 oz. Strongbow Hard Cider with 1.5 oz. apple-flavored vodka, 1 oz. cranberry juice, and 1/2 oz. honey or agave, and serve it in a tall glass garnished with an apple slice.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider

merchantduvin.com

Made at a small, independent British brewery, the oldest in Yorkshire, Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider is a medium dry cider with brilliant straw color, light body, clean apple flavor, and a gentle apple blossom finish. Serve it in the classic tulip glass with cream soups, rich dishes, pork dishes, or salad with vinaigrette dressing, or clear your palate with it after a rich or spicy meal. Previously only available in the 18.7-ounce Victorian Pint bottle, Samuel Smith’s is now sold in 12-ounce-bottle four-packs too.

Stella Artois Cidre

Stella Artois Cidre

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Launched in May, Stella Artois Cidre is a refreshing European-style cider made from hand-picked apples. Red apple, peach and apricot accents complement the subtle flavor of orange, giving this brew a refreshing taste with a pleasing wood finish. Pour it into a white wine glass and pair it with a semi-hard cheese like Manchego or a Waldorf salad.

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