Here in Beer City USA, craft brews are known to steal the spotlight, with tour-worthy breweries and taprooms around each corner. But, make no mistake: our Grand Rapids hard cider scene is booming, too – and from dry to hopped, oaked to bourbon barrel-aged, the options are endless!
After all, West Michigan is home to one of the world’s best apple-growing regions – the Fruit Ridge – producing plenty of top-notch apples for local cideries to use in their craft. Browse this list of some of the top hard cideries in Grand Rapids and beyond, and get ready to sip on crisp, Pure Michigan goodness all season long!
What started back in 2002 with a few five-gallon test batches made from local farm apples on a borrowed press has since grown into a premium cider company serving up its dry, drinkable craft on the West Side. Stop in for live music during Sunday Cider Sessions and sip on everything from bourbon barrel-aged ciders to traditional American ciders.
Here, your tastebuds will tell you why the growing region that gave this Grant, Michigan ciderhouse its name – “Fruit Ridge” (known locally as “The Ridge”) – is revered as one of the world’s best spots for apple production. Taste Pure Michigan in a glass when you sample from their rotating seasonal lineup of ciders, like Hop’D (with bright citrus, whole cone hops, and a creamy finish) or Porch Sittin’ (prominent notes of vanilla and cinnamon with a smooth, dry finish).
Working with a local family apple farm, Vander Mill’s creative and crave-worthy ciders are pressed and poured right here in West Michigan. Inside their downtown Grand Rapids Tap Room, you’ll sip favorite ciders like Totally Roasted (think: cinnamon, pecan, and vanilla with balanced spice and a nutty finish) alongside inventive menu items like fresh herb parmesan fries, fried Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, or cider donut holes for a sweet finish!
Tucked away in the woods (yet, just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids), you’ll find this 150-year-old family farm turned Farmhaus Cidergarten. Explore the authentic and creative craft ciders found here (including special releases you won’t find on shelves) and enjoy the cozy, wooded setting, complete with twinkling lights and family-style picnic table seating. From the tart, crisp Trocken Dry to Sweater Weather – a spiced chai cider with hints of cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon – you’ll find new surprises with every sip enjoyed here.
Stop into Robinette’s for the cozy, fall hayrides and sweeping orchard views, but stay for the selection of hard ciders you can try and buy on site! Past favorites include apple cherry, heirloom, and hopped ciders, but you can sign up for updates to be among the first to know when new ones are released!