Fall Flavors: Hard Cider in Metro Detroit

By: Amber Ogden | October 23, 2015

Fall is cider and doughnut season, but since it’s the weekend, you may be looking for something a little bit stronger to sip with that cinnamon sugar treat. If that’s the case, grab an ice-cold mug of hard cider!

While fall beers are plentiful and flowing from taps all over town, so are hard ciders. Here’s where you can sip on one in Metro D:

Blake’s Hard Cider is brewed in Armada, where you’ll also find Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. With more than 45,600 apple trees on the property and 42 different varieties of apples, it shouldn’t come as a shock that you have 19 different varieties of hard cider to choose from!

Staples include Flannel Mouth and Beard Bender, with seasonal ciders including Apple Lantern and Wakefire. Enjoy it on tap at Blake’s, or look for the cans at your local grocer!

Motor City Brewing Works of Detroit produces some great seasonals, including Pumpkin Ale. When you’re on the hunt for hard cider, you’ll also find it here! Brewed with Michigan apples and a hint of Michigan beet sugar, it’s a dry cider you can enjoy year round.

Northville Winery & Brewing Co. is right across the way from Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, so you can kill two birds with one stone. There are a variety of hard ciders on tap at the winery, including Scary Spice, Crimson Dew and Red Ruckus.

Cider is also available by the bottle, so you can take home Blue River (a blueberry apple hard cider) or Half Nelson (hopped hard cider) and enjoy it at home later. The wine counter is open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays, and there is often live music.

Spicer’s Carriage House Cellars is also located at a cider mill, this one at Spicer Orchards in Fenton. Hard ciders here include Sweet Williams hard cider, Sweet Williams Apple Cherry hard cider and Cider House Reserve. The latter is full of nutmeg and cinnamon notes, and is great served warm.

The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Raise a glass to the flavors of fall, and enjoy a locally made hard cider!