Leidel’s Cider Moriah
Aged in bourbon barrels with wild “brett” yeasts, this drink is more subtle than you might expect—it’s buoyant with floral vanilla notes. Crack open a bottle over apps before the meal—it’s like Minnesota’s champagne.
Keepsake Cidery Heartwood
Dry and crisp, it’s been aged in red oak for a woodsy, tannic finish. If you smoke a turkey, this is your cider.
No. 12 Cider House Chestnut Semi-Dry
Five varieties of local apples come together for a fruity, light sparkle. That the drink has been aged in toasted French oak lets it pair well with a veggie feast.
Milk & Honey Ciders Heirloom 2015
This is a great harvest cider that blends varietals, including heirloom and rare apples, like Newtown Pippin and Dabinett. The flavor is robust, and pairs well in a potluck situation where you’re rolling the dice on what hits the table.
Sweetland Orchard Roundabout No. 6: Wassail
These bottles differ batch to batch, and the No. 6 is the standout; it’s aged in local oak and fortified with spiced apple brandy with warm undertones. Serve it with pie after dinner.