Hard cider hasn't been this popular since Prohibition. Across the country, artisanal cideries are becoming the new wineries, and these three orchards offer sips worth the trip.
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Named after a W.B. Yeats poem of Celtic folklore, Wandering Aengus was founded by former forestry workers Mimi Casteel and Nick Gunn. Call to schedule an on-site tasting of their seven varieties of dry and sweet ciders made from sustainably farmed fruit. wanderingaengus.com
You'll find 30 varieties of apples -- along with bottles of sparkling JK's Scrumpy Hard Cider Farmhouse Organic -- on this 500-acre organic farm, which has been owned by the same family for four generations. organicscrumpy.com
Flag Hill Farm
Flag Hill wants you to forget all about that mass-marketed carbonated apple wine. Its handmade, organic still and sparkling "cyder" is made in small batches and sold in hand-numbered bottles. flaghillfarm.com
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