There’s something about the crispness of fall that calls for a sentimental brew; something that blends the sweetness of summer’s end with the bittersweet start of fall. Cue the hard cider! With New Hampshire’s official state beverage being apple cider, it’s no surprise that hard cider has gained in popularity over the years. This autumn, why not give the state’s homegrown cideries a whirl, travelling to cider mills and tasting rooms nestled in idyllic apple groves, or simply grabbing a NH-made cider at one of countless statewide retailers to enjoy wherever you are!
Old Settlers Cider, Gilsum
Old Settlers Cider does things differently. Their cider is pressed in small batches from 100% unsprayed, local apples the traditional way, using whatever varieties are ripe that week. That means their ciders are certified local, all-natural, and 100% delicious. Dry cider lovers can savor the satisfying tartness of Old Settlers’ artisanal batches, since sugar is never added to the process. Cheers to that! Visit their home base on Main Street in Gilsum on Fridays 3-7pm for flight tastings, growler fills, and bottle purchasing!
Farnum Hill Ciders, Lebanon
Farnum Hill’s ciders are irresistibly dynamic, crafted from a specially grown selection of unique apple varieties that produce radically distinctive tastes. If you cringe at the idea of overly sweet, syrupy ciders—then you’ll love Farnum Hill’s extra dry, aromatic ferments! Their golden cider comes in sparkly or still, extra dry and off dry to cater to anyone’s tastes. Stop by Poverty Lane Orchard to explore the apple groves that fuel Farnum Hill Cider, or order online
or find them in one of many brick-and-mortar retailers
North Country Hard Cider, Rollinsford
A quest of three friends searching for an all-natural, preservative-free cider inspired the idea of North Country Hard Cider, established in 2012 by Silas and Ivan Gordon and Ron Dixon. Today, the cidery has gained national recognition, even landing among USA Today’s top ten best cideries
. Plus, with a location nestled on the banks of the Salmon Falls River, both the inside tasting room and outdoor patio offer a perfectly relaxed ambiance with a view. Stop in to enjoy a flight of ciders, fill up a growler, or grab cans to-go!
Chase Hill Cider, Albany
The Chase family has farmed the rolling slopes of Chase Hill since the 1890’s, so each hearty crop of apples comes with a dose of heritage. Chase Hill Cider, pressed from apples grown right on the family farm, blends over 18 estate grown apple varieties to create a signature taste exclusive to the brand. Their one-of-a-kind blend delivers a refreshingly dry and flavorful cider that cuts right to the chase. Their signature Orchard Blend Hard Cider has a light sparkle and a delicious flavor that lets the apple really shine. Order online for pickup at the farm, or find a bottle at one of many local retailers
Contoocook Cider Company, Contoocook
Contoocook Cider Company is a tree to glass cidery, using a combination of heirloom apple varieties from Gould Hill Farm to press deliciously bold cider. Home to a host of award-winning brews, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a flavor that doesn’t impress! Think ginger, cranberry, fireside maple, and many more uniquely irresistible ciders that are all available to try in their welcoming tasting room, or outdoors on their patio with a view.
Butternut Farm Cider House, Farmington
Visit Butternut Farm on a crisp fall afternoon to explore the orchard of blooming apple trees that fuels their onsite production of fresh cider. The Cider House is where the real magic happens, with production in the basement and a charming tasting room on the first floor. From dry to sweet, there’s a perfect batch to suit anyone’s tastes. Not sure which side of the spectrum you fall in? Sip your way through a cider flight and discover the sweet and tangy, or dry and flavorful nuances of Butternut Farm’s outstanding ciders to find out!
Bradford Bear, Bradford
Bradford bear makes a robust line of ciders, with delightful flavor variations that introduce the element of surprise to traditional cider. From the tantalizing flavor of their Original Bear cider, to the sweetness of their Honey Bear, Caramel Apple Bear or Midas Bear ciders—you’ll never get bored experimenting with new options. Find Bradford Bear ciders in local stores
across the state, or stop in to the Appleseed Restaurant
and grab a bite and order a Bradford Bear cider with your meal.