Top Ten Cider Spots in the Atlanta Area
Top Ten Cider Spots in the Atlanta Area
It’s apple season! Which means cider! In this article, I talk (hard) Cider – what’s local, where to find the largest selections and interesting cocktail concoctions created with cider in the Atlanta area. Ciders seem to have become the underrepresented stepsister to beers and other brews. But when you are in the mood for a cider, there is nothing as satisfying. Also, for those out there with a glutton allergy, ciders are a great way to join your friends for a drink without having to worry about what may or may not be on the menu! Bonus too, is that the Atlanta area is home to several Cider makers and distributors, for those who support and order local. Let’s raise a glass to Fall being in full swing!
This is Atlanta’s first craft cider brand. The cider tasting room is open weekends and Thursdays. Urban Tree currently has three ciders to choose from. The Original is a European-style cider known to be dry and sophisticated, made from bittersweet apples. The Classic is a crisp, sweet and refreshing cider inspired by Georgia’s sweet but sassy charm. The Barrel-aged is a premium hand-pressed cider aged in oak rum barrels, created for the moments when you want to just slow down and soak up the memory. They don’t have food but on occasion have food trucks.
This all started with the search for an all-natural and local hard cider, a glutton intolerance and a conversation over some drinks. There is absolutely nothing artificial in these ciders. Everything comes from hand pressed US apples and champagne yeast. Their flag-ship cider, Crisp Apple, is described as slightly sweet and crisp with a smooth finish. Their Pomegranate Cider is a slightly tart and sweet cider with a smooth pomegranate finish. The Honey Bee is a sweet smooth blend of organic honey and fresh apples. Also check out their flavors on deck, Tart Cherry and Ginger.
Located in Marietta, this Cidery opened its doors in 2013. No artificial flavors to be found here! These ciders are made from Georgia apples freshly picked and squeezed. They use a combination of wine and beer yeasts to create the different flavor profiles. Treehorn has a core group of ciders available year round, with seasonal selections and tasting room only specials. The core group includes Dry Cider, Ginger Reserve, Hoppy Little Trees, and Origin. Check online for seasonal options. For tasting room only, that requires a visit, no sneak peaks available online.
Saying this cidery is in the Atlanta area might be a bit of a stretch, but it is probably the most well-known in Georgia. Family owned and operated since 1943. This Orchard has a large variety of all things apples including hard cider and non-alcoholic cider. It is currently the only apple orchard in Georgia that grows, presses, ferments and bottles their own product. Their tasting room and store include eight different ciders to taste and purchase. Open everyday.
This establishment has the largest cider selection that I have ever seen. Look through their extensive drink menu with 30+ ciders, to discover something globally – New Zealand, France, Sweden, and Scotland. Or look domestically for something from Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, California, or Georgia. This cozy restaurant with hand-crafted wooden booths and exposed brick is perfect for the casual dinner looking for their new favorite hang out spot. They served gourmet pub grub with a twist.
This bar and grill has six ciders on menu and five beer-cocktails made with hard cider. Their ciders are local and domestic, with their beer cocktails being inventive and enticing – enough to lure the curious in for a taste. For something new, come in to taste one of their drink creations, mostly a mixture of cider and another beer: Apple Cobbler, Apples & Oranges, Black Velvet, Snakebite, or the Velvet Skull. All locations can provide the drink of choice, however, all locations will give customers a different experience so it’s worth it to try all of them out!
Ri Ra Irish Pub has eight ciders on their menu for order and two beer-cocktails to try. Their ciders cover some of the most well-known cider brands, with the bonus of non-apple based ciders such as, Magners Pear cider, and Rekorderlig’s Mango Raspberry and Wild Berry ciders. For their beer-cocktail options, (these differ from Vortex’s in that these cocktails are made as a traditional cocktail would be, with a variety of hard alcohols and flavorings – not just beer) Dark & Fruity and the Black Betty.
Georgia’s Beer Garden is the home to ten local ciders spanning three cideries. Here guests can order Mercier (without the road trip), Treehorn and Urban Tree. Available on draft is Urban Tree Original cider. The other nine are available via bottle or can. Try all the Georgia Cideries in one place with Mercier’s Grumpy Granny, Treehorn’s Dry Cider, El Treeablo, Ginger Reserve, Hoppy Little Trees, Origin, or Peaches en Regalia, and the Urban Tree’s Rum Barrel Aged or Classic. Georgia Beer Garden’s goal is to promote, protect and support local, Georgia craft breweries.
There are eight ciders up for order here, including the popular domestic brands and some less common flavors. For the more unique ciders, try out the Ace Pineapple Cider, Ace Space Blood Orange, Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear, or McKenzie’s Black Cherry. There are two locations in the Atlanta area – Atlantic Station and The Battery, making sipping these ciders easy and fun to get too this holiday season! American Sports bar style setup, with an almost endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best domestic craft beers and imports and the perfect bar food to pair it with.
This speakeasy style bar has six ciders on menu, with a few locals thrown in. Order yourself a cider and sit back at the bar to watch a game or head down stairs for backgammon, bocce, shuffleboard, darts and pool. Lots of space allows for a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. There is also a fresh pub menu including everything from snacks to full size entrees to sample with your drink. The food here is a mix of British and Southern cuisine. Join your friends or make a new one here, when you come by for a drink and game or two.
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