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An Apple Education: Cider Resources

By Tabitha Alterman

Tags: cider, seasonal drinks, drinks, apples,

ApplesCheck out these resources to learn more about heirloom apples, as well as the how-to and history of cider-making.

To locate artisan cider makers near you, search by ZIP code at Local Harvest or consult our map of Artisan Hard Cider Makers. Add your own favorite cider companies to our map, too. Or check out some of our favorite producers of hard cider

and hard dessert cider


Apples: A Catalog of International Varieties by Tom Burford

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World (Part I of IV) by Michael Pollan

Cider, Hard and Sweet by Ben Watson

Cider: Making, Using and Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols

Craft Cider Making by Andrew Lea

Old Southern Apples by Creighton Lee Calhoun Jr. 

Web Resources 

Adam’s Apples Blog 

All About Apples Blog 

The Home Brewing Page: Beer, Wine, Cider, Soda and More 

Forgotten Fruits Manual & Manifesto—Apples (free PDF) by Gary Paul Nabhan

Making the Best Apple Cider (e-book) by Annie Proulx 


Oh yeah, you can also learn more in the many articles on cider we’ve published over the years:

Try Farm-Fresh American Hard Cider This Season by Tabitha Alterman

Enjoy Delicious Apple Cider, Sweet and Hard by Megan E. Phelps

Fall’s Sweetest Harvest by John Stuart

Make Your Own Hard Cider by Nathan Poell

Falling for Apples by Noel Perrin

Get Ready for Cider Pressin’ by Judy White

Juice of the Apple by Michael Phillips

Pouring Apple Cider by Richard Varr (from Grit, our sister magazine) 

Want to recommend a great local cider to our readers? You’re in luck — that’s what our Comments Section is for! 

Photo by Tim Nauman Photography