Along Came a Cider (Or Ten)

Maine Hard Cider, Down East Magazine
We set out to explore the radical breadth of styles and flavors that makes Maine’s cider boomlet so much fun. Our search was fruitful.

Baby Jimmy

DEE1511Cider8-600Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland

Pale and almost breathtakingly dry, with a nose that’s pleasantly earthy and ripe from the exclusive use of wild yeasts during fermentation.

The Sow’s Ear Cider

The Sow’s Ear Winery, Brooksville

A cloudy, vinous cider that finishes clean, but comes out swinging with an upfront sweetness and a faint taste of alcohol.

Honey Elder

Whaleback Farm Cider, Lincolnville

Fermented in oak barrels and blended with wildflower honey mead and elderberries. Super crisp, with a nice pink blush and very light carbonation.

Maniac Gold

Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner

A great starter cider made mostly with Golden Delicious apples — not too sweet or complex. Goes down startlingly easily.

DEE1511CiderContents-400Traditional Hard Cider

Kennebec Cider Company, Winthrop

Ripe apple flavor with just a hint of barnyard funk, rounded out by soft, champagne-like bubbles and a pleasant acidity from the addition of crab apples.


Portersfield Cider, Pownal

Dry and rich like a great rosé, with an added boost of tannin that comes from aronia berries, also grown at the orchard.

Cayford’s Hardend Cider

Cayford Orchards, Skowhegan

A full-bodied, almost creamy cider with a bittersweet flavor and tongue-tingling effervescence. Terrific for dessert.

Fatty Bampkins Dry Cider

Blacksmiths Winery, Casco

Lip-smackingly crisp and tart and somewhat reminiscent of a fruit brandy, while still maintaining a pronounced apple flavor.

Hoboken Station Cider

Oyster River Winegrowers, Warren

Pours straw yellow and packs a punch at 9% ABV (the strongest on this list). A mildly sweet cider with a faintly metallic kick that’ll appeal to fans of hoppy beers.

Classic Hard Cider

Norumbega Cidery, New Gloucester

Intensely bubbly, refreshing, and only faintly sweet, with a blend of apples that changes each season. Best served cold.

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