Tickets for the 7th annual Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival are going faster than an ice cold IPA, but the popular Northern Michigan event will be serving more than just craft brews.

Here are five hard ciders and meads to try Saturday, February 13 in downtown Traverse City at the outdoor festival, when you just need a break from the beer.

Hot Cinnamon Girl Cider

Left Foot Charley, Traverse City
A classic combo of cinnamon and apples all warmed up. 5% ABV

Black Madonna Mead

St. Ambrose Cellars, Beulah
The newest star of St. Ambrose Cellars is a sour ferment BlackBerry draft mead. 6% ABV
Wild Ginger, XR Cyser, and Evil Twins Meads from St. Ambrose Cellars will be served at the festival, too. 

Erraticus Cider

Starcut Ciders, Bellaire
Erraticus is a dry wild cider made with 100% Jonathon apples, fermented with wild yeast, and finished with Brettanomyces and Pinot Noir yeast. 6.5% ABV
Starcut Ciders will also be serving Octorock Cider. 

Brad’s Hard Root Beer

Petoskey Brewing, Petoskey
Fired, brewed, and fermented at Petoskey Brewing, traditional aromas and flavors pack a punch in this hard root beer. 7% ABV
Several beers from Petoskey Brewing will also be on tap. Find the list here

Bot Hop Cider

Bonobo Winery & Soul Squeeze CellarsOld Mission Peninsula
Sticking with the microbrew aspect of the festival, Bot Hop Cider carries vivid citrus and floral notes, characteristic of centennial hops.
Bonobo will also be serving 2014 Pinot Gris, a new 2014 Chardonnay, and more.

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