Craft beer drinkers are probably used to seeing a few bottles or taps of cider alongside a much more extensive craft beer list. A few bars, though, give cider the spotlight. And why not? Cider is rapidly growing in popularity; American cidermakers are crafting more flavorful ciders than ever; and it’s an excellent beverage to pair with food. Here are four coast-to-coast spots where cider gets front-and-center placement:
Number 6 Cider
The cider house—whose flagship True Cider and flavored versions like Honey Ginger are made with all-Washington apples—opened its own taproom early this spring adjacent to historic railroad tracks.
The crew behind beloved Windy City beer bar The Fountainhead had this cider pub in the works for years; it’s finally ready to debut in September with a seasonal and, of course, cider-friendly menu from chef Cleetus Friedman.
New York, N.Y.
Dozens of spendy ciders divided by region (the Finger Lakes are well represented, as are cider-producing areas of Spain and France) join a meatless menu at this months-old Lower East Side bar.
Aiming for an October opening in the heart of the Pearl District on the city’s Northwest side, this cider bar will be the fifth cider-focused bar in Portland. The city loves its hard cider; it will host CiderCon in early February.