As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, what better way is there to kick off summer than with a crisp, cool cider? Although cider is often thought of as a fall drink, nothing is more refreshing at a barbecue with friends and family, or for a day at the beach or park than a brisk, bubbly hard cider. With a variety of styles and flavors, as well as lower-abv options than wine and liquor, cider is the obvious choice for summer drinking. As you look forward to packing up the cooler and gathering around the grill on the Fourth of July, reach for one of America’s earliest and most refreshing alcoholic beverages!
Cider has been around since before the first Independence Day, but cider’s history is only a part of the story – we’re in the midst of the rebirth of America’s cider industry! Cider makers across the country are going back to our roots and creating truly spectacular ciders that celebrate the best of what our country has to offer. So this Fourth of July as you gather with your friends and family, light up some sparklers, pick cider and raise a toast to traditions old and new!
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Minnesota Cider Week - June 3 - 8
Events happening all over the state including tap takeovers, cider dinners and more
Minnesota Cider Festival - June 8, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Outdoor festival with unlimited samples from 100+ local, national and international cideries - Get Tickets
Vermont Cider Makers Association Grand Tasting - June 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Come join the Vermont Cider Makers Association (VCMA) at Stowe Cider for a grand tasting event
The Hard Cider Run - June 15
The Hard Cider Run is exactly what it sounds like: a run featuring delicious hard cider! Run or walk 3.1 miles with fellow cider lovers this spring. Each participant receives an ultra-soft t-shirt, finisher’s medal that doubles as a bottle opener, chip timing, a glass of yummy craft hard cider, and more!
PA Cider Fest - June 22, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Oregon Cider Week - June 20 - 30
Festivals, tastings, meet the makers, special releases and more
Cider Summit - Portland - June 21 - 22
Cider Week Santa Cruz - June 24 - 30
A week long celebration of Santa Cruz County cider making!
Enjoy UNLIMITED tastings from some of the World’s Top Craft Hard Cider Makers, savor mouth watering food from Local Food Trucks (food sold separately), groove to Live Music, let your inner kid out with our Jumbo Lawn Games, and purchase your favorite bottles to take home at the Core Store Tent!
Voted "Best Food Festival" 2016 & 2017, the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle® is Seattle's Original Food & Beverage Showcase featuring 60+ restaurants & pop-up vendors, Craft Beer & Cider Tasting, 70+ live bands, MUNCHIES @ The Mural, free Bite Movie Night (Fri, July 19), outdoor beer gardens, live cooking demos and cook-off battles on The Bite Cooks! stage, The Alley Six Course ‘Multi-Bite’ experience benefiting Food Lifeline, Family Fun Zone, interactive sponsor activities & more!
Second Annual Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike - July 20, 12:00-6:00 p.m. - Get Tickets
The Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike Farm Market is one of a kind as it exclusively features Virginia cideries! With 18 participating cideries and over 50 hard craft ciders to choose from, we can guarantee that you will find a favorite - or two!
Cider and mead producers from the Pacific Northwest will flock to beautiful Orcas Island, and we hope you’ll be among the many cider lovers who pack the Eastsound Village Green from 11 AM-4 PM. Even better, as you taste a stunning array of ciders and meads, you’ll be supporting Orcas Island Children’s House.
The 4th Annual Central Coast Cider Festival is a culmination of this craft beverage giving attendees a great opportunity to taste a variety of ciders, meet the cider makers, and enjoy the community of Atascadero
Sausage and cider? What’s not to love? You better come hungry because you will get the chance to sample delectable sausage (samples included in ticket price) and other goodies during Sausage and Cider Fest.
Great American Brewery Runs is proud to announce the inaugural Cider Chase 5k at the Woodchuck Cider House in Middlebury, Vermont. This 5k Road Race starts and finishes at the Cider House.
News & Blogs highlighting Cider
Cider Cocktails Make for Easy Summer Drinking - Plate Online
8 Ciders Perfect for Summer Nights - Cider Culture
Six Sippable Ciders for Summer ‘19 - Portland Mercury
5 Essentials for Sunnier Ciders Ahead - CIDERCRAFT Magazine
4 Coastal Cider Destinations - CIDERCRAFT Magazine
These Refreshing Hard Ciders are Made for Outdoor Sipping - Best Products
Cider + Food Pairings are Made Easy with Angry Orchard’s New App - Cider Culture
Top Cider Trends for 2019 - Crafty Nectar
Gluten Free Hard Cider: A Beginner’s Guide - Wheatless Wanderlust
5 Ways to Cook with Hard Cider - Food and Wine
Cider Loves Food: CSA Veggies Pairings - Cider Culture