Some of the best hard cider comes from apples chosen specifically for their cider-making qualities.
Look for fresh sweet cider from local sources, such as this cider from a small orchard in Johnstown, Ohio.
AP PHOTO/DISPATCH, ERIC ALBRECHT
The finished product: homemade hard cider!
Brewing equipment is surprisingly inexpensive, and can be found online or from homebrew stores.
MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER