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Hard cider – the sweet upgrade from beer

Nikki Erpelding, wines and spirits manager at Byerly’s St. Louis Park
Friday, November 2, 2012

What’s all the buzz about hard cider? Isn’t it just fermented apple juice? Technically it is, but there’s so much more to it than that. There’s a hard cider movement going on right now that rivals the craft beer phenomenon.

For those who just can’t swallow another beer, there’s a sweet upgrade in hard cider. Ciders range in style from dry to dessert “Ice wine” styles. They vary in alcohol content, ranging from 2 to 8.5 percent, depending on the fermentation process. Ciders pair great with most foods and are Celiac friendly (no gluten). Hard ciders are also being made with different fruits (pears, limes, raspberry) and other unique ingredients, like sake yeasts, to make super premium craft ciders.

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