Exploring Michigan Hard Cider

by | Apr 22, 2024 | In Other News

In late 2023, we embarked on a journey exploring the world of Michigan hard cider. Our mission: learn how to entice beer enthusiasts with the unique offerings of hard cider. Our first stop was with Paula Englin, the newly appointed Michigan Cider Association Executive Director. And boy, did she enlighten us about the distinctive aspects of Michigan’s Hard Cider Industry–from the artisanal appeal to discovering the perfect hard cider. 


Our exploration didn’t end there; we also made a point to visit several of Michigan’s Hard Cider Producers. Naturally, we indulged in tasting the cider ourselves. At each stop on our cider odyssey, we were greeted with a myriad of unique cider options. 

Exploring Michigan Hard Cider

MI Brew Trail Magazine shared snippets of our conversation with the Michigan Cider Association’s executive director and our tasting notes from our cider odyssey in an article published in the Fall 2023 Mi Brew Trail Magazine

Here are a few teasers from the article:

Hey, Beer Lovers, look, we get it. You love your IPAs, stouts, and lagers. But what if we told you a whole world of flavors is waiting for you, just a short drive away? We’re talking about Ore Creek Craft Cider, a hidden gem in Pinckney.

If you’re a die-hard beer enthusiast, you might be thinking, “Why would I ever switch my pint of ale for a glass of cider?” Well, hold onto your bottle openers because Pux Cider in Grand Rapids is about to change your mind!

Knights of the Hard Cider Round Table has to be Barrel + Beam in Marquette. Yes, it is over the bridge and through the woods, but so worth the drive. Pomme is their session strength cider, made from a blend of Ida Red, Cortland, and Mcintosh apples.

Have I wet your whistle? Read the whole article here.

Cider Week 

Suppose you are like, yes! I want to learn more about cider, or if you are already a fan, be sure to put Cider Week GR, happening May 10-18, 2024, on your calendar. 



We have more photos from our cider odyssey in our gallery

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