New England Cider Breweries To Know About

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Alene Bouranova

Summer in Boston means more than just sunshine and Sox games. All around New England, breweries and distilleries bust out the big guns for their summer offerings. Seasonal shandies, flavored liquors and fruit-infused lagers all make their way into local bars and liquor stores. With these enticing options, it’s easy to forget about New England’s original craft beverage: hard cider. Full of flavor from crisp local apples, these Massachusetts and Vermont ciders are not to be underestimated. For your summer sipping pleasure, here are the best of New England’s craft ciders.

1. Harpoon Brewery


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Harpoon Brewery and summer go hand-in-hand. Not only does the Boston brewery host plenty of fun summer events but they also go all out for seasonal creations. From grapefruit shandies to raspberry-infused Hefeweizens, Harpoon has something for every palate under the sun (pun intended). The Hibiscus Cider (4.8% ABV), created by a team of Harpooners for the annual employee brewing contest, is the brewery’s summer pick. Its profile is both floral and fruity, giving it a subtle wine-like flavor that is far from unwelcome. But the original Harpoon Craft Cider (4.8%) will always be hard to beat; this dry cider is simplicity done right.

Bantam Cider Company

Just as its name implies, Bantam Cider may be small, but its drinks pack a serious punch. The Somerville cider house has proved to be a city favorite since launching in 2012. Bantam’s main blends are all crowd pleasers, but the Wunderkind (6% ABV), the company’s “maiden voyage,” remains the beverage of choice. This Best of Boston cider is fruity and bubbly in all the right ways; its blend of local apples and honey creates a dry but sweet flavor that all cider lovers can agree on.

Bantam Cider Company, 40 Merriam Street, Somerville, MA, USA +1 617 299 8600


Like tall tales? So do the folks at Sherborn’s Stormalong Cider. Their company name comes from legendary Northeast seaman Captain Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, a fearless deep-water sailor known for battling sea monsters and downing whole barrels of cider every meal. Stormalong’s ciders all channel this daring figure. The bold and bittersweet Legendary Dry (6.9% ABV) is perfect for both ballgame drinking and kraken slaying while the powerful Grand Banks (9.5% ABV) is whiskey disguised as rich, golden apple cider. Spending 10 long months in oak whiskey barrels gives this cider a distinctively sweet aftertaste you’ll remember long after the season has ended.

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