I’ve been drinking hard cider ever since I lived in London two decades ago. After that, I lived for a short time in Brattleboro, Vermont, where I was happy to find hard cider on tap at a place called Three Dollar Dewey’s. Ever since, I’ve had a taste for it, especially in the fall. Now, Michigan is my destination for hard cider. Nothing beats buying your happy hour drink from a local producer!
Douglas Valley Organic Vineyards
When I went with my friend Sandy to Leelanau County last month, one of the places I wanted to visit on the way was Douglas Valley Organic Vineyards, a new winery and cidery in Manistee, Michigan that opened in July, 2008.
It’s in the middle of an apple orchard, of course.
Thanks to Kirk, we enjoyed their roster of ciders.
And we bought a bottle of the Stone House Semi-Dry Cherry Apple Cider, which we enjoyed with dinner one night at our campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
I was thrilled to find a place that focuses so much on cider and uses organic fruit!
From there, it was on to Leelanau County….
Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard & Winery
Sandy and I have done our share of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association Wine Trail but it seems every time we visit Leelanau County, there’s a new winery on the list. That was the case when we stumbled upon Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard & Winery.
They certainly have an array of hard ciders as well as Gerwurtztraminer and ice wines.
We enjoyed several ciders and wines, and were really pleased with the Sunset Peach hard cider, which tasted a lot like a Bellini. So it was a nice accompaniment to a breakfast frittata!
Kirk, from Douglas Valley, had recommended we visit Tandem Ciders while we were in Leelanau County. So on one of our treks across the county, we stopped in to see Dan Young, who–along with his wife, Nikki–rides tandem bicycles. Hence, the name.
Dan says a trip to England is what inspired their cidery, which has a definite British pub feel.
Although it’s not an organic cidery, Tandem supports local farmers and uses organic apples whenever possible.
They had a great selection of ciders to taste.
So if you’re looking for some new places to sample local produce, why not check out these wineries and cideries? Michigan has so much to offer, from apples to grapes!