Though we like sipping cider any season, there’s something about fall that makes this beverage the apple of our eye. Hard ciders are undergoing a flavorful renaissance in America, not just alternatives to beer or wine but instead a first choice—and rightfully so.
Consider it a return to status quo. America was once a proud cider-drinking nation, the stuff so prevalent that even children drank a weaker version called ciderkin. But as America evolved from a rural to an urban nation, cider was overtaken by beer, which could be more easily produced in city centers. Cider, though, is making a most tasty comeback. Today’s hard ciders offer a lush harvest of flavor and complexity, from cuttingly acidic to finished with Cascade hops. Here are 10 top ciders to tip back this fall, from delicious, budget-friendly six-packs to gose-inspired cider.