Hard cider is quickly becoming the most popular drink in many cities across the United States — and it’s easy to see why. With a rich history dating back to the British colonists, who drank cider more than ale, and a huge variety of customized brews available, it’s a crisp, refreshing experience that’s enhanced by the addition of other fruits (like pears and apricots). Even the current trend of juicier IPAs and sours in beer plays into the cider market.
Real estate website Redfin put its database to use for the benefit of all cider fans to uncover the top 10 cities in the country for drinking craft ciders, and they were kind enough to send it our way to share with you.
To figure out the top cities for cider lovers, Redfin compiled a list of the most notable cider bars in the nation — the cider bars that critics can’t get enough of and that get raves from excited guests all over social media. Then, they segmented those bars by city and arranged them by the number of favorable reviews. Cities with the most rave-worthy cider bars made our cut, which they then pared down by the quality and quantity of reviews. In order for a city to make Redfin’s Top 10 Cities for Cider Lovers list, it must have multiple cider bars with excellent ratings.
Key in its ranking is the city’s Walk Score to show you the ease of strolling from one cider bar or taproom to another. Also included is the median home sale price to help you analyze the cost of living and how much of your paycheck can be dedicated to sipping cider.
Walk Score: 65
Median Home Sale Price: $440,000
What better way to enjoy the beautiful Willamette River, which winds around Portland’s downtown hotspots, than with a crisp, cool cider in hand? The City of Roses has several exceptional local brews to match its charmingly funky vibe.
Notable cider bars: Portland Cider House, Bushwhacker Cider, Cider Bite, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Cider Riot!, Portland Cider Co., Schilling Cider House, The Civic Taproom
Walk Score: 73
Median Home Sale Price: $730,000
Seattle is one of the hottest cider spots in the United States. This gorgeous seaport city, which initially boomed during the Gold Rush and is known for its rich musical history, is now packed with trendy cider bars and great places to enjoy your favorite distillations.
Notable cider bars: Capitol Cider, Schilling Cider House, Seattle Cider Co., Number 6 Cider, Locust Cider — Ballard Taproom, Cockrell Brewing
3. New York
Walk Score: 89
Median Home Sale Price: $540,000
New York City is a cider lover’s mecca. The Big Apple, with its unmistakable skyline and world-class attractions, is also home to some of the finest cider bars in the country. Most are in the heart of Manhattan, though several are sprinkled throughout Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, as well.
Notable cider bars: Brooklyn Cider House, The Owl Farm, Eli’s Night Shift, The Ginger Man, Craft Culture,Taproom No. 307, Fools’ Gold, Valhalla NYC, Haymaker Bar and Kitchen
Walk Score: 48
Median Home Sale Price: $425,000
Tucked in the South Platte River Valley, Denver is a Rocky Mountain paradise for cider aficionados. Teeming with great pubs and cideries, the Mile High City is a spectacular place to search for your next favorite beverage.
Notable cider bars: C Squared Ciders, Hops & Pie, Colorado Cider Co., Stem Ciders, The Rackhouse, Falling Rock Tap House
5. San Francisco
Walk Score: 86
Median Home Sale Price: $1.42 million
The City by the Bay is a great place to sample new ciders from local artisans and enjoy tried-and-true favorites. Known for its spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and its famed Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco has earned its place on the map when it comes to cider.
Notable cider bars: Upcider, Fermentation Lab, Crooked City Cider, The Crafty Fox Alehouse, Shotwell’s,21st Amendment Brewery and Restaurant, Elixir, Mikkeller Bar
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
Walk Score: 51
Median Home Sale Price: $361,000
Home to the University of Michigan and a fabulous downtown area, Ann Arbor is Southeast Michigan’s best spot for cider lovers. Many of the best brews in A² come from locally sourced apples — the state is home to one of the largest concentrations of orchards in the Midwest.
Notable cider bars: Arbor Brewing Co., Bill’s Beer Garden, Beer Grotto, Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., Salt Springs Brewery
Walk Score: 78
Median Home Sale Price: $300,000
Chicago is a cider lover’s dream space — it’s packed with great cider bars, most within a short distance (or right on) Lake Shore Drive. Relax in the cool Lake Michigan breezes with your favorite cider in hand or cheer for the Bears from your favorite watering hole; either way, the Windy City is an ideal place for cider connoisseurs. If you’re there during February, attend events during Chicago Cider Week.
Notable cider bars: ERIS Brewery and Cider House, Right Bee Cider, The Northman, Fountainhead, Hopleaf Bar, The Long Room, Sleeping Village, Emporium Arcade Bar, Begyle Brewing Co., The Bad Apple,Bangers & Lace
Walk Score: 79
Median Home Sale Price: $199,000
Philadelphia is one of the Northeast’s best spots for hard cider tasting trips. The City of Brotherly Love backs up to the Delaware River, and you’ll find noteworthy cider bars minutes from the shore — and many of the brews are local, coming from rich orchards scattered throughout nearby valleys.
Notable cider bars: Cinder, Hale & True Cider Co., Original 13 Ciderworks, City Tap House — Logan , Commonwealth Ciders, Stone & Key Cellars
9. Asheville, N.C.
Walk Score: 36
Median Home Sale Price: $320,000
Asheville, home of the Biltmore Estate and the famed Basilica of St. Lawrence, is a fun mountain town packed with amazing cider bars. From local brews to those imported from other areas, the Land of the Sky is definitely a fabulous place to sample new blends and infusions.
Notable cider bars: Urban Orchard Cider Co., Noble Cider, Daidala, TreeRock Social Cider House, Sovereign Remedies
Walk Score: 69
Median Home Sale Price: $290,000
The City of Lakes — Minneapolis — is a great place to enjoy fantastic cider brews. This gorgeous city, known for its proximity to neighboring St. Paul and its unmistakable skyline, great nightlife and local attractions, is home to several amazing cider bars that get rave reviews from critics and everyday guests.
Notable cider bars: Urban Forage, Sociable Cider Werks, Town Hall Brewery, Elevated Beer + Wine + Spirits, Crooked Pint Ale House, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Red Cow