Cider is bubbly, it’s sweet, and it’s taking over. Hard cider brands have a grip on the market that’s only going to become stronger: according to industry analysts, the global market for hard cider is projected to reach a whopping 13.8 billion US by 2024.
So why is hard cider becoming so popular?
Cideries are creating bold new flavors and interesting blends, and experimenting with flavor profiles that are outside the realm of fruit.
While there are some exceptions, most hard cider is gluten-free.
Local cider houses and small breweries are gaining popularity in their towns, with people preferring to shop local.
Hard cider is sure to just keep getting bigger and better. Here are our 10 best hard cider brands making a splash in the market today.
1. Citizen Cider the AmeriCran
No, that’s not a typo – this cranberry-infused cider is made with Vermont cranberries and apples for a tart and crisp flavor that’s satisfying on any summer day.
2. Ace Cider’s Pineapple Hard Cider
3. Square Mile Hopped Apple Cider
Square Mile dry-hopped their classic hard apple cider to bring out all the flavor with no bitterness. This nine-time award-winning cider is a flavorful and aromatic hard cider experience.
4. Angry Orchard Green Apple Cider
Our Angry Orchard review is in: their Green Apple blend of Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, and Pink Lady apples is fresh, slightly tart, and absolutely delicious.
5. Strongbow’s Gold Hard Apple Cider
Most cider drinkers are familiar with Strongbow – but Strongbow’s Gold Hard Apple Cider is on another level. Made with golden delicious and honeycrisp apples, this is a sweet and bright take on their classic product.
6. Crispin Cider Co.: The Saint
Crispin Cider Co.’s The Saint is an unfiltered hard cider with apple-wine and pure maple syrup, which makes for a cloudy, sweet, and hearty sipper.
7. Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider
Made at the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, UK, Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider is an organic, medium dry cider with light body and clean apple flavor.
8. Woodchuck Raspberry Cider
Woodchuck’s Raspberry Cider is a light and refreshing twist on the original cider brand that started the American cider revolution. It’s definitely on the sweet side, but it’s so delicious we insist you give it a shot.
9. Famille Dupont Organic Cider
This beautiful organic cider from France is luxury in cider form. Without sugar and most definitely gluten free, you can feel great about drinking this cider at 65 calories a glass.
10. Brickworks Ciderhouse, Batch: 1904
Brickworks Ciderhouse, Batch: 1904 is a dry, tart cider created to commemorate the great Toronto fire of 1904 – and it’s quickly becoming a classic Canadian cider.
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