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Where to Drink Southeast Michigan's Finest Cider

19 spots to sip fresh-pressed and hard cider this fall

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It's fall in Michigan and the autumnal siren call of the state's cider makers is ringing out clear. It's practically a mandate to don a flannel shirt, venture out into the orchards, and stand in line for a piping hot cinnamon donut. With state's apple season in full gear there are currently plenty of great options for sipping fresh-pressed and unfiltered juice at a farm and closer to home 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 (alcoholic or otherwise).

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1. Hy's Cider Mill

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6350 37 Mile Rd
Bruce Township, MI 48065
(810) 798-3611
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This Romeo orchard presses farm fresh cider without the gimmicks petting zoos, gimmicks, and large crowds typical of some tourist trap mills. It does, however, have the essentials: cider and doughnuts at reasonable prices.

2. Blake's Orchard

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17985 Armada Center Rd
Armada, MI 48005
(586) 784-5343
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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 available year round. Try classics like the Flannel Mouth or the spicy El Chavo, or seasonal favorites like the Apple Lantern. Stop in later in the fall for more exotic selections like ice cider and vintage brews.

3. Goodison Cider Mill

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4295 Orion Rd
Rochester, MI 48306
(248) 652-8450
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Grab a batch of custom pressed cider at this Rochester mill. Bushels are pushed through a century-old press, producing an old fashion, 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 slushy.

4. Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill

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1479 Ranch Rd
Holly, MI 48442
(248) 634-8981
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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 coming back for decades, swearing the location has the best cider around.

5. Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill, Winery

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10411 Clyde Rd
Fenton, MI 48430
(810) 632-7692
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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. Afterwards visit the very busy tasting room to sample Spicer's wines and hard ciders.

6. Yates Cider Mill

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1990 E Avon Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
(248) 651-8300
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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.

7. Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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36000 Groesbeck Hwy
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035
(586) 231-0249
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Only available in the tap room, Kuhnhenn brews hard cider with Michigan apples in addition to beer and mead. There's always at least one crisp option on tap.

8. Franklin Cider Mill

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7450 Franklin Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 626-8261
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Find fresh pressed cider and donuts 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 cinnamon donuts daily.

9. Erwin Orchards

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61475 Silver Lake Rd
South Lyon, MI 48178
(248) 437-0150
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While there was some worry this local cider mill and orchard wouldn’t open for another season, Erwin Orchards is back once again for fall 2017. Stop in daily through November to watch cider pressed on site. Limited quantities of raspberry cider are also available.

10. Cellarmen's

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24310 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(586) 413-4206
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This Hazel Park brewery specializes in meads and hard ciders, though it keeps a few house beers on tap too. Cellarmen's ciders are made with Michigan apples and raw honey and flavored with a range of ingredients from pineapple to Chazzano coffee.

11. B. Nektar Meadery

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1511 Jarvis St
Ferndale, MI 48220
(313) 744-6323
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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.

12. Northville Winery and Brewing Company LLC

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630 Baseline Rd
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 320-6507
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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.

13. HopCat

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4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 769-8828
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With 130 brews on tap, HopCat always leaves room for a few ciders. Find Blake's Hard Cider, B. Nektar, and a Vander Mill cyser (a blend of mead and cider) among the offerings.

14. Selden Standard

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3921 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 438-5055
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The short list of bottled cider offerings at Selden Standard leans more towards international options such and pear ciders from France and dry varieties from New Zealand.

15. 8 Degrees Plato Detroit

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3409 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 888-9972
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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.

16. Dexter Cider Mill

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3685 Central St
Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 426-8531
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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 donuts and (non-alcoholic) cider. It’s hard to come away without some other sort of apple-based treat.

17. Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

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10685 Warren Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 455-2290
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The all-natural cider pressed at this Plymouth orchard is truly 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.

18. Wright & Co

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1500 Woodward Avenue, Floor 2
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7711
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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 & Company's extensive cider list are true to style. Expect a range of options from tart Basque apple ciders to ginger-pear cider.

19. Grand Trunk Pub

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612 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-3043
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While this downtown bar is know for its local beers on tap and in the bottle, the location also touts an impressive number of ciders. The location features local selections like Blake’s and Cellarmen’s on tap. By the can or bottle, however, there around roughly 10 rotating selections, including varieties from Vander Mill and Uncle John’s.

1. Hy's Cider Mill

6350 37 Mile Rd, Bruce Township, MI 48065

This Romeo orchard presses farm fresh cider without the gimmicks petting zoos, gimmicks, and large crowds typical of some tourist trap mills. It does, however, have the essentials: cider and doughnuts at reasonable prices.

6350 37 Mile Rd
Bruce Township, MI 48065

2. Blake's Orchard

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005

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 available year round. Try classics like the Flannel Mouth or the spicy El Chavo, or seasonal favorites like the Apple Lantern. Stop in later in the fall for more exotic selections like ice cider and vintage brews.

17985 Armada Center Rd
Armada, MI 48005

3. Goodison Cider Mill

4295 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306

Grab a batch of custom pressed cider at this Rochester mill. Bushels are pushed through a century-old press, producing an old fashion, 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 slushy.

4295 Orion Rd
Rochester, MI 48306

4. Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill

1479 Ranch Rd, Holly, MI 48442

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 coming back for decades, swearing the location has the best cider around.

1479 Ranch Rd
Holly, MI 48442

5. Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill, Winery

10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

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. Afterwards visit the very busy tasting room to sample Spicer's wines and hard ciders.

10411 Clyde Rd
Fenton, MI 48430

6. Yates Cider Mill

1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

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.

1990 E Avon Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

7. Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

36000 Groesbeck Hwy, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035

Only available in the tap room, Kuhnhenn brews hard cider with Michigan apples in addition to beer and mead. There's always at least one crisp option on tap.

36000 Groesbeck Hwy
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48035

8. Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Find fresh pressed cider and donuts 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 cinnamon donuts daily.

7450 Franklin Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

9. Erwin Orchards

61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178

While there was some worry this local cider mill and orchard wouldn’t open for another season, Erwin Orchards is back once again for fall 2017. Stop in daily through November to watch cider pressed on site. Limited quantities of raspberry cider are also available.

61475 Silver Lake Rd
South Lyon, MI 48178

10. Cellarmen's

24310 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

This Hazel Park brewery specializes in meads and hard ciders, though it keeps a few house beers on tap too. Cellarmen's ciders are made with Michigan apples and raw honey and flavored with a range of ingredients from pineapple to Chazzano coffee.

24310 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

11. B. Nektar Meadery

1511 Jarvis St, Ferndale, MI 48220

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.

1511 Jarvis St
Ferndale, MI 48220

12. Northville Winery and Brewing Company LLC

630 Baseline Rd, Northville, MI 48167

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.

630 Baseline Rd
Northville, MI 48167

13. HopCat

4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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

4265 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

14. Selden Standard

3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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

3921 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

15. 8 Degrees Plato Detroit

3409 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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.

3409 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

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16. Dexter Cider Mill

3685 Central St, Dexter, MI 48130

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 donuts and (non-alcoholic) cider. It’s hard to come away without some other sort of apple-based treat.

3685 Central St
Dexter, MI 48130

17. Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill

10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170

The all-natural cider pressed at this Plymouth orchard is truly 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.

10685 Warren Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170

18. Wright & Co

1500 Woodward Avenue, Floor 2, Detroit, MI 48226

While some run-of-the-mill hard ciders taste more like candy than something resembling actual fruit, the offerings on Wright & Company's extensive cider list are true to style. Expect a range of options from tart Basque apple ciders to ginger-pear cider.

1500 Woodward Avenue, Floor 2
Detroit, MI 48226

19. Grand Trunk Pub

612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

While this downtown bar is know for its local beers on tap and in the bottle, the location also touts an impressive number of ciders. The location features local selections like Blake’s and Cellarmen’s on tap. By the can or bottle, however, there around roughly 10 rotating selections, including varieties from Vander Mill and Uncle John’s.

612 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

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