6 Hard Ciders That Taste Like Fall

They’re bubbly and crisp—and just as cool as craft beer, minus the gluten.

1

Descendant Cider Co. Pom Pomme

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Ten different apple varieties, pomegranates, and hibiscus flowers are blended into a cider that’s fruity, dry, and tastes just a bit like rosé. It’s delicious on its own at brunch or stir it together with fruit and ice for a novel apple sangria.

To buy: $16 for one 750-milliliter bottle, mouth.com.

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2

Downeast Cider House Original Blend

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A pair of cider-obsessed friends founded the East Boston-based cider house in their senior year of college. Their beverages are sure to steal the spotlight at your next party: consider it a session cider full of juicy apple flavor. This offering errs on the sweeter side. It's made from freshly pressed Red Delicious, Macintosh, Cortland, and Gala apples.

To buy: $9 for four 12-ounce cans, spirited-wines.com.

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3

Bellwether Liberty Spy

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Juicy, but slightly tart—just like green apples—this middle of the road cider is sure to please at parties. Try pairing it with grilled or seared meats, or spicy foods.

To buy: $11.95 for one 750-millileter bottle, cidery.com.

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4

Argus Cidery Perennial 2013 Sparkling Cider

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Chardonnay fans will love this offering. Made it Texas and aged in oak barrels, it has that distinct woody accent without any sticky sweetness.

To buy: $21 for one 750-milliliter bottle, wlvliquors.com.

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5

Citizen Cider Unified Press

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Made from apples grown in Middlebury, Vermont, these tallboys are light, pale, crisp, and easy to toss back. Stash a few in your backpack on your next fall hike (the cans won’t break) for a little boozy refreshment at the summit.

To buy: $10 for four 16-ounce cans, binnys.com.

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6

Sonoma Dry Reserve Zider

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This pretty pick gets its bright pink color from aging in Sonoma County red zinfandel barrels. It has a forward ripe apple flavor, but also reminds us of blackberries and plums. Bonus: it’s totally organic.

To buy: $25.98 for two 22-ounce bottles, sonomacider.com.

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