Over the past few years, hard cider—a colonial favorite and beverage of choice for our Founding Fathers—has skyrocketed in popularity. In 2014, hard cider sales reached 54 million gallons, making it the country’s fastest-growing alcoholic beverage. At Total Wine & More, we’ve been known to toast with a hard cider or two, and you’ll find our shelves are stocked with some of the world’s best ciders.
Woodchuck may be a “macro-cider” by industry standards, but that doesn’t make its Amber Draft Cider any less delicious. Slightly sweet, it’s fermented with champagne yeast, which helps maintain the big red-apple flavors. If you’re looking to really get into the spirit of the season, try Woodchuck’s Fall Harvest, which boasts flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of American white oak.
In addition to the traditional apple ciders, we carry a variety of flavors from pear and raspberry to pineapple and apricot. The offerings from California’s Ace Ciders are sure to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Ace Perry Cider, which has won numerous accolades, sets the standard in the pear category. Ace Pumpkin Cider and Ace Pineapple Cider have likewise attracted their fair share of attention, the former offering a taste akin to pumpkin pie.
Across the pond, Europe has been producing hard cider for centuries, with Britain’s cider history stretching as far back as a thousand years. With so much time to perfect their craft, it’s no surprise that English cider producers are doing a remarkable job. From Crispin to Samuel Smith, you’ll discover great ciders that balance the dry and the sweet.
Even if you live somewhere that may not provide the chance to wear many cozy sweaters, you can still get into the spirit of the season stopping by Total Wine & More’s local stores to stock up on some delicious hard cider.