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Dry cider: A tart alternative

An American cider renaissance is well underway.

We haven’t yet caught up to Europe, but “make no mistake: An American cider renaissance is well underway,” said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. Big beer companies have jumped into the business, but the best dry ciders currently come from small producers. Already we’re “thrilled by the quality.”

Foggy Ridge Serious Cider ($17 for 750 ml). Our panel’s favorite lives up to its name. Elegant, mildly carbonated, and “slightly austere,” it offers “crisp, tart” lingering flavors.

Leonard Oakes Estate Steampunk Cider ($11). This fine value choice is “fresh and tangy, with a honeyed character” like chenin blanc’s.

Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider No. 1315 ($14). Farnum Hill’s Dooryard blended ciders are made in small batches. This one’s “almost wine-like”—dry and tannic, with complex herbal flavors.

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