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WEB EXCLUSIVE For those who dislike beer, cider is the next best thing. Like alcoholic apple juice, it’s on the sweeter side, comes in a variety of flavors and is easy to drink. North Carolina Cider Week (October 22 – 25) celebrates innovative ciders and cideries throughout the state, from Asheville to Charlotte to right here in the Triangle. For this year’s NC Cider Week, eight North Carolina cideries will be featuring each others’ ciders in a special Cider Week flight, allowing cider fans to try unique varieties from out of town. Here’s where to get cider in Raleigh and throughout the Triangle during Cider Week and beyond.
Botanist and Barrel in Cedar Grove
Along with the NC Cider Week flight, Botanist and Barrel will also be featuring a flight of their own ciders, including their newest release “Love Over Hate”. On Saturday they will also have live music from Jacob Morris and food from Bo’s Kitchen food truck, while on Sunday El Jefecito food truck will be on premise.
Bull City Ciderworks in Durham
Bull City Ciderworks is another local cidery participating in the special NC Cider Week flight with ciders from GoodRoad CiderWorks in Charlotte, Red Clay Ciderworks also in Charlotte, Urban Orchard Cider Co. in Asheville and a cider of their own. They’ll also have $5 core ciders available all week long.
Trophy Brewing and Taproom in Raleigh
Trophy’s Maywood location currently has Shacksbury Dry Cider available. It’s produced and canned by Shacksbury Cider in Vermont and is made with bittersweet Dabinett apples.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Raleigh
Flying Saucer isn’t called an “emporium” for nothing. Their menu boasts a ton of ciders from all over the state and the country, including Original Sin‘s Black Widow cider made in New York, Blake’s El Chavo habanero and mango cider made in Michigan and Stem Ciders‘ raspberry cider made in Denver.
Bond Brothers Beer Company in Cary
Bond Brothers also sells a few cans of Stem Ciders in their online store. The Colorado-based cidery opened a location in Durham called the Northern Spy but unfortunately closed it earlier this year. Luckily, Bond Brothers still has their off-dry, lavender and hibiscus session ciders available.
Chatham Cider Works in Pittsboro
This Pittsboro cidery is hosting a sip and meet with five Piedmont cider makers on October 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. You’ll get five full-sized cider bottles, glasses, stoppers and an opener to create your own tasting, and the cidermakers will be on hand for questions. Pre-order by TODAY!
Clouds Brewing in Raleigh
Calling all pumpkin lovers! Clouds Raleigh location is currently featuring Red Clay Ciderworks’ Chai Jacked, a chai tea pumpkin cider, on tap. It’s a seasonal treasure!
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