Hard Cider Fans Find Chester County’s Vintages to Be the Apple of Their Eyes

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Chester County has made a name for itself for its production of hard ciders.

Pennsylvania is home to some of the finest hard cider in the nation, with some of the best made right here in Chester County. Nick Vadala picks through the details for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Downingtown-based Dressler Estate creates dry, wine-like ciders. There is no taproom location to try the cidery’s sophisticated, affordable products, all of which are created using fruit from local orchards. However, purchasers can find all its flagship and seasonal products at local farmers’ markets, bottle shops, bars, and restaurants. Purchasers can also schedule a pickup in Downingtown.

The cidery focuses on single varietals, still ciders, barrel-aged options, and uncommon mixed-culture fermentations. The scope of its products makes it an ideal site to pick up more unique and complex ciders.

Meanwhile, Old Stone Cider in Kennett Square focuses on British-style ciders. It crafts these using a variety of heirloom apples from its family-run orchard.

The cidery operates out of a former dairy barn it lovingly restored. The operation focuses on crisp, dry, refreshing, and balanced ciders, made with single varietals of classic cider apples. It routinely uses Roxbury Russet, Enterprise, and Gold Rush for its offerings.

Read more about great local cider in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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