From Earthy Apple Ciders to Small-Batch Experimental Moscatos

By: Joey Haar - Dec 19, 2016
When people think about cider, they tend to automatically conjure an image of the classic apple-derived beverage, but the available cider varieties are far broader than just that. The most elemental distinction between ciders is whether they're alcoholic or non-alcoholic, but cider varieties also differ by carbonation, brewing techniques and ingredients.

At its most austere, cider is all about giving care to the brewing technique to produce a pure beverage that accentuates the flavor of apples. Balholm Handverkcider is a family-owned Norwegian cider maker that creates English and French ciders using its own produce. As such, the company prides itself on creating clean, unaugmented flavors.

Other companies push the boundaries when it comes to flavoring their ciders. Woodchuck's 'Campfire Pancake' cider, for instance, has a smoky maple flavor with only a hint of apple.