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
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.
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 Cellars, Old 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.