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Where to Drink Southeast Michigan's Finest Cider

15 spots to sip it sweet or spiked this fall

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It's fall in Michigan and the autumnal siren call of the state's apple cider makers is ringing clear. The third top producer of apples in the U.S. (after Washington state and New York), Michigan has about 14.9 million apple trees on nearly 800 family-run farms so it's practically a mandate to don a flannel shirt, venture out into the orchards, and stand in line for a piping hot apple cider doughnut. There are plenty of great options for sipping fresh-pressed and unfiltered juice at a farm and area bars and taprooms are stocking up on the hard stuff. So, skip the Jolly Rancher-esque apple juice and seek out a local mill, bar, or taproom for that quintessential fall beverage (spiked or otherwise).

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Hy's Cider Mill

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This Romeo orchard presses farm-fresh cider without the petting zoos, gimmicks, and large crowds typical of some more popular mills. It does, however, have the essentials: cider and doughnuts at reasonable prices. Get cider by the gallon, half-gallon, or as a slush.

Blake's Orchard

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Get one of metro Detroit’s favorite hard ciders right from the source. Visit the Armada tasting room for a wide variety of hard ciders year round. Try classics like the Flannel Mouth or the spicy El Chavo, or seasonal favorites like the Apple Lantern. In 2021, try a new 12-pack of refreshing flavors such as melon, mimosa, strawberry, and guava.

Westview Orchards & Winery

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The Westview Orchards family has been making fresh apple cider since the 1940s. Purchase some sweet cider direct from the store, or check out the 1850 cider barn loft winery for hard cider and wines. Don’t skip the peach apple cider and doughnuts.

People sit at tables and chairs inside of a barn. Michelle Gerard

Goodison Cider Mill

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Grab a batch of custom-pressed cider at this Rochester mill from Labor Day until Christmas. Bushels are pushed through a century-old press, producing an old-fashioned, unpasteurized cider AKA the good stuff. The location also sells cider by the gallon or by the cup, available hot, cold, or even as a slushie. Be sure to pick up the famous pistachio nut bread, while you’re there.

Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill

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This orchard in Holly has all the staples — u-pick apples, hayrides, horses, and, of course, fresh cider pressed on the premises. Locals have been going back for decades, swearing the location has the best cider around.

Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill, Winery

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Spicer’s tasting room is open daily in Fenton. Grab a cold glass of pressed cider and a cider doughnut before heading out into the orchard for apple picking, season permitting. Afterward, visit the bustling tasting room to sample Spicer's wines and hard ciders.

Yates Cider Mill

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Not interested in making the trek beyond metro Detroit? Yates offers a mill experience closer to home with the same delicious, fresh-pressed cider and hot doughnuts. Make a picnic of it along the property's river walk.

Franklin Cider Mill

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Find fresh-pressed cider and doughnuts at this Bloomfield Hills favorite. Only Michigan apples are used to make this unpasteurized autumn beverage, and an old German recipe is used to create the doughnuts daily.

B. Nektar Meadery

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While B. Nektar's primary focus is mead on tap and in the bottle, fans visit the tasting room to try one-off beers and dry ciders. There's also, of course, the flagship brew Zombie Killer — a hard cider blended with honey and cherries. The Dude’s Rug has Chai spices and is 100 percent gluten-free.

Northville Winery and Brewing Company LLC

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Part of Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, founded in 1873, Northville Winery offers many hard ciders to choose from when visiting the tap room. Using grapes and apples from the west side of the state, apples are pressed and the cider and wine are fermented on site. Ciders range from the traditional apple to medleys mixed with other fruits from cherries to blueberries to blackberries. Also hoppy-style ciders for beer lovers and bourbon-barrel cider for sweet and smoky cider. There’s also a wide range of apple-products and non-alcoholic cider available at the mill.

With 130 brews on tap, HopCat always leaves room for a few ciders. Find Blake's Hard Cider, Magpie, and a Vander Mill cyser (a blend of mead and cider), among the offerings.

Leather seating at the bar of HopCat. The room also shows a few high tables with stools Gerard + Belevender

Selden Standard

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The short list of bottled cider offerings at Selden Standard leans more toward international options such and pear ciders from France and dry varieties from New Zealand.

The bar at Selden shows three shelves in the background stacked with glass bottles Gerard + Belevender

8 Degrees Plato Detroit

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Detroit's finest beer shop keeps a rotating selection of brews on tap in the back including a regularly updated selection of hard ciders as well as ciders sold by the can or bottle.

A brick wall at the bar shows six shelves — three on each side of a mirror — with large glass bottles on them Gerard + Belevender

Dexter Cider Mill

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Dexter Cider Mill is must-visit for any local or visitor to Southeast Michigan in the fall. Plan for an apple-picking adventure and expect to spend some time in the perpetual line wending its way through the retail for fresh doughnuts and (non-alcoholic) cider. It’s hard to come away without some other sort of apple-based treat.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

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The all-natural cider pressed at this Plymouth orchard is one of a kind. The location presses different combination of apples throughout the season, resulting in subtle differences in flavor depending on the batch. The unpasteurized cider is a bit pricer than other orchards around, but return customers swear by the tart, not-too-sweet flavor.

Wright & Co

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While some run-of-the-mill hard ciders taste more like candy than something resembling actual fruit, the offerings on Wright & Co.'s extensive cider list are true to style. Expect a range of options from McIntosh apple cider to a brut cider aged in Martinique rum barrels.

Bløm Meadworks

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Blom’s taproom in downtown Ann Arbor serves as a space to sample meads and ciders, ask questions, sit down with a glass, or watch the fermentation process in action. There’s an extensive selection of cider to round out its mead offerings. All of the ingredients used to make them come from Michigan farmers. Flavors change with the seasons and are gluten-free.

Hy's Cider Mill

This Romeo orchard presses farm-fresh cider without the petting zoos, gimmicks, and large crowds typical of some more popular mills. It does, however, have the essentials: cider and doughnuts at reasonable prices. Get cider by the gallon, half-gallon, or as a slush.

Blake's Orchard

Get one of metro Detroit’s favorite hard ciders right from the source. Visit the Armada tasting room for a wide variety of hard ciders year round. Try classics like the Flannel Mouth or the spicy El Chavo, or seasonal favorites like the Apple Lantern. In 2021, try a new 12-pack of refreshing flavors such as melon, mimosa, strawberry, and guava.

Westview Orchards & Winery

People sit at tables and chairs inside of a barn. Michelle Gerard

The Westview Orchards family has been making fresh apple cider since the 1940s. Purchase some sweet cider direct from the store, or check out the 1850 cider barn loft winery for hard cider and wines. Don’t skip the peach apple cider and doughnuts.

People sit at tables and chairs inside of a barn. Michelle Gerard

Goodison Cider Mill

Grab a batch of custom-pressed cider at this Rochester mill from Labor Day until Christmas. Bushels are pushed through a century-old press, producing an old-fashioned, unpasteurized cider AKA the good stuff. The location also sells cider by the gallon or by the cup, available hot, cold, or even as a slushie. Be sure to pick up the famous pistachio nut bread, while you’re there.

Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill

This orchard in Holly has all the staples — u-pick apples, hayrides, horses, and, of course, fresh cider pressed on the premises. Locals have been going back for decades, swearing the location has the best cider around.

Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill, Winery

Spicer’s tasting room is open daily in Fenton. Grab a cold glass of pressed cider and a cider doughnut before heading out into the orchard for apple picking, season permitting. Afterward, visit the bustling tasting room to sample Spicer's wines and hard ciders.

Yates Cider Mill

Not interested in making the trek beyond metro Detroit? Yates offers a mill experience closer to home with the same delicious, fresh-pressed cider and hot doughnuts. Make a picnic of it along the property's river walk.

Franklin Cider Mill

Find fresh-pressed cider and doughnuts at this Bloomfield Hills favorite. Only Michigan apples are used to make this unpasteurized autumn beverage, and an old German recipe is used to create the doughnuts daily.

B. Nektar Meadery

While B. Nektar's primary focus is mead on tap and in the bottle, fans visit the tasting room to try one-off beers and dry ciders. There's also, of course, the flagship brew Zombie Killer — a hard cider blended with honey and cherries. The Dude’s Rug has Chai spices and is 100 percent gluten-free.

Northville Winery and Brewing Company LLC

Part of Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, founded in 1873, Northville Winery offers many hard ciders to choose from when visiting the tap room. Using grapes and apples from the west side of the state, apples are pressed and the cider and wine are fermented on site. Ciders range from the traditional apple to medleys mixed with other fruits from cherries to blueberries to blackberries. Also hoppy-style ciders for beer lovers and bourbon-barrel cider for sweet and smoky cider. There’s also a wide range of apple-products and non-alcoholic cider available at the mill.

HopCat

Leather seating at the bar of HopCat. The room also shows a few high tables with stools Gerard + Belevender

With 130 brews on tap, HopCat always leaves room for a few ciders. Find Blake's Hard Cider, Magpie, and a Vander Mill cyser (a blend of mead and cider), among the offerings.

Leather seating at the bar of HopCat. The room also shows a few high tables with stools Gerard + Belevender

Selden Standard

The bar at Selden shows three shelves in the background stacked with glass bottles Gerard + Belevender

The short list of bottled cider offerings at Selden Standard leans more toward international options such and pear ciders from France and dry varieties from New Zealand.

The bar at Selden shows three shelves in the background stacked with glass bottles Gerard + Belevender

8 Degrees Plato Detroit

A brick wall at the bar shows six shelves — three on each side of a mirror — with large glass bottles on them Gerard + Belevender

Detroit's finest beer shop keeps a rotating selection of brews on tap in the back including a regularly updated selection of hard ciders as well as ciders sold by the can or bottle.

A brick wall at the bar shows six shelves — three on each side of a mirror — with large glass bottles on them Gerard + Belevender

Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill is must-visit for any local or visitor to Southeast Michigan in the fall. Plan for an apple-picking adventure and expect to spend some time in the perpetual line wending its way through the retail for fresh doughnuts and (non-alcoholic) cider. It’s hard to come away without some other sort of apple-based treat.

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

The all-natural cider pressed at this Plymouth orchard is one of a kind. The location presses different combination of apples throughout the season, resulting in subtle differences in flavor depending on the batch. The unpasteurized cider is a bit pricer than other orchards around, but return customers swear by the tart, not-too-sweet flavor.

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Wright & Co

While some run-of-the-mill hard ciders taste more like candy than something resembling actual fruit, the offerings on Wright & Co.'s extensive cider list are true to style. Expect a range of options from McIntosh apple cider to a brut cider aged in Martinique rum barrels.

Bløm Meadworks

Blom’s taproom in downtown Ann Arbor serves as a space to sample meads and ciders, ask questions, sit down with a glass, or watch the fermentation process in action. There’s an extensive selection of cider to round out its mead offerings. All of the ingredients used to make them come from Michigan farmers. Flavors change with the seasons and are gluten-free.

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