In Vermont, craft breweries and distilleries are popping up and expanding everywhere. Less known are our cideries, producing delicious and sought after sweetly crisp brews–cider is a growing market that is currently 4% of the $223B US alcohol market. Three Vermont cideries in particular have found success in very different ways.
The founders of Citizen Cider of Burlington got their start as three restless 30-somethings moonlighting by experimenting with cider. Eight years and two production facilities later, they’re selling 750,000 gallons of craft hard cider annually.
While Citizen Cider enjoys ever-increasing popularity, new, subtler tastes are on the rise. Shacksbury Cider of Vergennes, Vermont, offers what Food & Wine Magazine calls a “drier, more traditional approach.” Shacksbury Cider has also introduced a new rosé cider, which is so good it’s the only non-beer on Thrillist’s “Best Summer Beers of 2018” list.
Champlain Orchards in Addison County is its own source for its excellent cider. Recently WGBH profiled the cidery, which produces what head cidermaker Jeren Stoneman refers to as “white wine in a can.”
This year’s Vermont Cider Classic is happening on September 15, 2018–be sure to get your tickets and sample more varieties of cider than you ever thought possible.