Ciders & Mead

Ironbound Hard Cider is the inaugural cider from Jersey Cider Works, a company committed to restoring cider to its rightful place as New Jersey’s beverage of choice. New Jersey has a long history of cidermaking, especially in Newark where cider was the city’s first industry. Celebrated throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Newark Cider was considered by many, including George Washington, to be among the finest ciders in early America – often referred to as the “champagne of ciders.” Cameron Stark, Jersey Cider Works master cidermaker, took on the challenge of creating a cider that filled the gap between small-production artisanal ciders and the mass-produced, overly sweet, juice-from-concentrate guys. Cameron did just that, Ironbound is made from 100% American apples from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England. These apples are fresh-pressed and not from concentrate. The flavor is clean and refreshing, bright and balanced.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Cider—like how it’s sweet and how “small batch” is defined. Cider drinkers’ best days are still ahead of them, and there are new chapters to be written in the story that is Cider. With pen in hand, we are here to do our part crafting ciders with apples grown by us. Our flagship Dry Hard Cider is extremely dry and incredibly strong. Fermented with a sauvignon blanc yeast and then conditioned in this very can, we’ve crafted a dry cider that is similar to an apple champagne. We don’t add any back-sweetener or extra sugar. All that’s in this can is a full pound of pressed apples. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Where others have used juice from concentrate, “natural flavorings,” “essences,” artificial sweeteners, and an endless list of excuses, Downeast Cider House has a firmly established policy of NO SHORTCUTS. No matter the cost to us, we are fully committed to using only fresh-pressed juices and pure, natural ingredients in our cider. When it comes to flavor, there’s no substitute for the best, and that’s what we stand by: simple, honest, authentic. Current available styles include Original and Cranberry
For us, making cider is about following the traditions that made cider the Original Drink of America, the most popular drink in the land until Temperance broke up the party. We use antique cider apple varieties, high in tannins and acids, to produce flavors that have not been widely experienced in America since Prohibition. These are the apples with which hard cider was traditionally made. During Prohibition many cider apple orchards were destroyed, meaning cider has since been made with eating apples. We use real cider apples, traditional processes and simple recipes – adding nothing which isn’t present naturally in the fruit.Current available styles include Original and Texas Honey
Originated in Southern Quebec
Ice Cider is a sweet yet sophisticated dessert wine made from apples and concentrated by natural winter cold. Sometimes sold as “apple ice wine” in the USA, it was developed in Southern Quebec province in Canada over the past 10 years (‘Cidre de Glace’ in French). Ice Cider provides a significant value-added opportunity for this region’s commercial apple orchards, which have been hurt in recent years by the flood of cheaper apples from West Coast and Chinese producers. It also takes advantage of the long, cold winters that are typical of these parts.
This small New England farm has been capturing the spotlight with their unique assortment of still and sparkling artisan ciders. All of their farmhouse creations are remarkably aromatic, complex and extremely food friendly! Be sure to check out their new ‘Dooryard’ Series – a collection of one-off batches created to give FH fans a true sense of what’s happening around the farm. Current available styles include Dooryard, Semi-Dry, Extra-Dry, Extra-Dry Still, Kingston Black and Farmhouse.
Founded in 1997, Original Sin uses two types of champagne yeast and only the freshest local apples and pears around for all their products. Their apple cider was named “Top American Cider” by The New York Times and their pear cider took home a gold medal at the Great International Beer & Cider Competition in 2009. New products this year include Cherry Tree and Newton Pippin Heirloom Variety Cider! All products are available in bottles. Apple is also available on draft.
Over 20 different cider apple varietals are blended and pressed at Wandering Aengus. These cider specific apples originate from France, England, and pre-prohibition America, but are grown now in Oregon. These heirloom varieties are essential for the depth of flavor, excellent body, and delightful aromatics of these delicious and distinctive ciders. All products are available in bottles.
Aromas of orchard ripe apples, leaves, and earth reflect complex flavors of apple, cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is enlivened by a gentle sparkle. At mid palate the tannin rich fruit becomes apparent, widening the flavor. EZ Cidre is low in acidity giving the impression of well ripened apples. All products are available in bottles.
Founded in an old mining town about an hour east of San Diego, Julian Cider is based on a recipe introduced to the American colonies by English settlers in 1670. Five styles of apples are hand-picked and then mixed with just a bit of yeast to ferment the natural sugars – no concentrated apple juice or additives whatsoever! Julian Hard Cider is a lightly carbonated and wonderfully crisp, clean cider that pairs beautifully with many different cuisines. Organic and gluten free too! Available in bottles.
Virtue Cider is a Michigan-based craft cider company that uses expertise in modern craft fermentation and aging techniques to produce ciders that embody old world farmhouse styles. They partner with local family-run farms to find the highest quality heirloom apples for our cider. Virtue Cider founder Gregory Hall served as the Brewmaster of Goose Island Beer Company from 1991 to 2011. In his two decades of brewing, Hall developed a host of award-winning beers and is hailed as an innovator in the craft beer movement.

All products are available in bottles. All products are available in bottles.

Located in the Normandy region of France, Domaine Dupont is world-renown for their prestigious collection of vintage-dated ciders as well as calvados and pommeau. Only small, very concentrated and aromatic styles of apples are used in combination with local indigenous yeasts to produce intensely rich and complex ciders with flavors of apple tart and caramel. Current styles include Cidre Bouche Brut, Organic Cidre, Cidre Reserve, Cidre de Givre, Cuvee Colette, Pome and Pommeau. Subject to availability.
Located about 100 miles Northeast of London, this eighth generation family-run business focuses on quality and commitment to tradition. They have won several awards over the years including ‘Supreme Winner’ at the International Beer & Cider Competition. Current styles include Dry, Demi-Sec, Organic, Perronelle’s Blush and Cuvee Chevalier. Subject to availability.
This family run estate is one of France’s top producers of Calvados, pommeau, cider and poiré. Their Pays d’Auge ranked #1 out of 10 ciders by the New York Times and is made with a combination of bitter, sweet and acidic apples from the designated Pays d’Auge controlled appellation. Current styles include Cidre Comte de Lauriston, Pays d’Auge Cidre and Poire. Subject to availability.
Blackthorn achieves its signature dry, crisp taste from using primarily bittersweet cider apples that are low in acid and high in tannins. Founded in 1972, Blackthorn is very popular throughout the United Kingdom and especially among the locals in its native ‘West Country.’ This product is also gluten free! Available in bottles and cans.
A traditional cider from the Basque region of Spain. Unlike ciders from other European countries, Spanish cider is typically made still, not sparkling. This complex cider is both sweet and sour on the palate with pronounced tannins. Available in bottles.

These sweet, intoxicating fermented honey beverages are made with all natural ingredients and local Colorado honey. The eclectic line-up of meads range from Traditional Mountain Honey Wine – a 12% still mead – to sparkling ‘Nectars’ – a more modern approach to meads – which are light, refreshing and come in a variety of flavors. Current available styles include Traditional Mountain Honey Wine, Juniper Mountain Honey Wine, Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon Stick Mountain Honey Wine, Black Raspberry Nectar, Sunshine Nectar and Nectar of the Hops.
Founded in 2006 by three close friends and fellow mead-aficionados, B.Nektar meads are made from several varieties of local Michigan honey. Their offerings range from Wildflower and Orange Blossom Mead to Vanilla Cinnamon and Wildberry Pyment – a mead made with grapes. Several of their styles are aged on oak for additional complexity. Current available styles include Zombie Killer (99pts ratebeer.com), Evil Genius IPA, Necromangocon, Orange Blossom Mead, Wildflower Mead, Wildberry Pyment and Vanilla Cinnamon Mead. Please contact us for additional seasonal offerings.
Located in Londonderry, NH, Moonlight Meadery has been producing delicious, premium meads since 2010. Their founder Michael Fairbrother, on the other hand, can trace the start of his mead making journey back much further – to when he tried his first Cyser style mead in 1995. Since then Michael has been honing his craft, and now Moonlight Meadery affords him the opportunity to put his expertise and love for mead into the bottle for you to taste.
Current available styles include Wild, Sensual, Desire, and Kurt’s Apple Pie

This artisan company is Scandinavia’s largest meadery. Recipes date back to the early 1700’s and use only 100% natural ingredients. Their Viking Blod is an artisan metheglin-style mead made with honey, hibiscus & hops. Fragrant and soft with a floral, citrus aroma and a hoppy, spicy finish. Current offerings include Viking Blod Mjod, Vikingerness Mead, Klapojster Mead and GI Dansk Mjod.

This modern, high-tech meadery located near Cape Town produces several styles of iQhilika, a 20,000 year-old African honey beverage. The meadery is renowned for its service to the local community through empowerment of aspiring beekeepers and job creation across the Eastern Cape. Styles include dry, coffee, chili, fig and herbal. Current offerings include Bird’s Eye Chili Mead, Herbal Blossom Mead, Dry Mead, Cape Fig Mead and Coffee Mead.
This family run meadery is located in Austria between the valley of the Danube and the forests of Bohemia; an area known for its unusual soil composition and unique terrain. Organic practices are utilized in the upkeep of the farm, allowing the bees to produce rich, nourishing, aromatic and delicious honey. Products include Extra Dry Mead, Single Varietal Limetree Blossom Mead and Sparkling Champagne Mead. Current offerings include Limetree Blossom Mead, Chestnut Mead, Extra Dry Sparkling Mead, Speckbirne Cyser, Extra Dry Mead and Single Varietal Honeydew Mead.