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6 heritage cider brands worth tasting

A glass of Shacksbury cider from Vermont. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.
A glass of Shacksbury cider from Vermont. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.

These "heritage" ciders are excellent and worth seeking out. Go to the makers' websites to order or to inquire about retail and restaurant availability.

Eve's Cidery

Etten, New York

evescidery.com

Autumn Stoscheck has been at the forefront of orchard-based, natural cidermaking for nearly two decades. Her still, dry Albee Hill bottling, with its deep, dark fruit, minerality and austere tannins is a classic.

South Hill Cider

Ithaca, New York

southhillcider.com

The Finger Lakes might be the most exciting cider region in the United States, and Steve Selin may be one of its best producers. His bone-dry and complex Packbasket is made from hand-gathered wild seedling apples. His Pomme Sur Lie is aged nine months on its lees and makes the case for age-worthy cider.

Aaron Burr Cider

Wurtsboro, New York

aaronburrcider.com

A darling of in-the-know sommeliers, iconoclastic cidermaker Andy Brennan forages for wild apples around his Catskills home to make his exquisite, edgy ciders.

Shacksbury

Vergennes, Vermont

shacksbury.com

An innovative cidery that straddles heritage and modern approaches. Its Lost & Found is a complex blend of foraged and cultivated apples. Look for Arlo cider in cans, a blend of apples from both Vermont and the Basque region of Spain.

Anxo

Washington

anxodc.com

A relative newcomer, this urban cidery has been wildly popular since it opened last summer. Anxo produces a number of "collaboration" ciders with leading heritage producers, such as Eden in Vermont, Farnum Hill in New Hampshire, Snowdrift in Washington state and Blackduck in the Finger Lakes. Look for their Cidre Blanc, available in cans, for a great introduction to heritage cider.

Kite & String

Interlaken, New York

fingerlakesciderhouse.com

Excellent up-and-coming producer of traditional-method sparkling cider. Geneva Russet, made with Margil, Dabinett and Yarlington Mill varieties, drinks like a blanc de blancs bubbly wine.

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