Are you looking for a crisp, hard apple taste to get you in the fall mood? Look no further than the nation’s capital for cider.
The DC area offers a range of ciders, including sweet, gluten-free and dry. Local cideries also offer unique varieties that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. So, hop on the cider trail in the DMV and prepare for an overload of flavor and refreshment. DC also features an array of beer gardens, rooftop bars and outdoor patios for you to check out.
Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room
Anxo (pronounced an-cho) opened in 2016 and offers 24 ciders on draft as well as delicious, Spanish-style pizzas. Inventory is available online, but trust us, you'll want to go to their Brightwood Park location in-person for a satisfying meal and a dry cider.
Capitol Cider House
Located in the bustling Petworth neighborhood and steps away from the George Ave-Petworth Metro Stop, Capitol Cider House focuses on local flavors infused with modernity. Its hard ciders include choices like the Manchurian Crab, Honey Lavender and Peargatory. Capitol Cider House likes to say that its creations are “more like a fine wine than a popsicle.” The location is dog and kid-friendly.
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
The first licensed cidery in Maryland, Distillery Lane in Jefferson sits on a 95-acre historic farm that dates back to the Civil War. The ciders refrain from sweetness but instead deliver refreshment and are naturally tart and aromatic. Distillery Lane is open for customers each fall. In the meantime, you can find their ciders at St. Anselm and Red Bear Brewing Company.
Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery
Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery
With a cider barn and distillery, Mt. Defiance serves up the refreshment in style in historic Middleburg, Va. The locale mixes classic and craft cider flavors, including ginger and honey-infused varieties. You can also indulge in delicious spirits, including absinthe, apple brandy and bourbon whiskey.