Asheville is nationally renowned as a craft beer mecca, but craft hard ciders are also gaining a firm foothold in the region. With its proximity to numerous popular and prolific apple orchards, the Asheville area is a natural spot for cideries to set up shop. Below, a few to check out:
Urban Orchard Cidery
A local, family-owned hard cider production company and tasting room located in West Asheville, Urban Orchard is one of only a few “True Cider Bars” in the country. The cidery offers craft hard apple cider, local beer, wine and snacks to enjoy with your cider, like meat & cheese plates, bruschetta and a variety of dips and locally baked goods. There are three flagship hard apple ciders on tap, with rotating “Series” options. 210 Haywood Road, West Asheville.
Black Mountain Ciderworks
Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, just east of Asheville, crafts genuine cider and mead from local apples and honey. The cidery ferments its cider in small batches blended from heirloom apples throughout the harvest and pressed in house. Their ciders, never filtered or pasteurized, have no added sugars, concentrates or manufactured flavors. The tasting room has four ciders on tap, made from Henderson County apples. 100 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain.
Noble Cider Taproom
The Noble Cider Taproom gives visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the cider-making process. Watch raw apples arrive for pressing, then see the apple juice being pumped into tanks for fermentation. You can also see the finished product being put into kegs and bottles. Noble offers a full range of Traditional and New American ciders and meads; their taproom boasts 20 taps of crisp hard ciders. Noble can also be found on tap and in bottles in select cities throughout the Southeast. 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville.
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Bold Rock Hard Cider, the largest craft cider maker in the Carolinas, opened its cidery and tasting room in Mills River in 2015. Visitors to the cidery, 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, can enjoy expansive views of the production floor and bottling line as they learn about the process of creating cider from Henderson County apples. The cidery offers daily tours and hard cider tastings as well as pints, flights and local craft beer. An onsite food trailer sells barbecue and sides, and a cider garden provides an open space for visitors to relax. 72 School House Road, Mills River.
Flat Rock Ciderworks
Started as a humble cider operation, Flat Rock Ciderworks is committed to maintaining its original core values as the company grows. Locally picked and pressed fruit goes into every production line. Favorite flavors Wicked Peel – with just a hint of sweetness – and Blackberry Gold – with mountain-grown blackberries lending subtle flavor to a Golden Delicious cider – are available at Flat Rock Ciderworks’ tasting room as well as locations across North and South Carolina. 305 North Main St., Hendersonville.
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