While we love our wineries and breweries, there’s something special about sipping a cider made with local fruit. These are the 10 best Northern Michigan cideries as voted on by our readers (15,349 of them!).
The cider is delicious and refreshing, and so is the beer, mead and wine produced by this Benzie County powerhouse. An open yard perfect for families with children and pets is often lively and bustling with live music, drink specials and special events.
A retired laundry center in the heart of the histroric Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Left Foot Charley is a Michigan version of an Austrian Heuriger—a place where aromatic and flavorful wine and cider is an everyday event. Locals and visitors alike have come to realize the non-traditional setting pairs perfectly with the atypical fruit sourcing and old-style winemaking that defines LFC.
Tandem Ciders // Photo by Taylor Brown
Born from a tandem bicycle trip across England, Tandem Ciders is the brainchild of husband-and-wife proprietors Dan Young and Nikki Rothwell, who’ve established the cidery as a staple for locals and newcomers alike in the Northern Michigan’s burgeoning beverage scene.
Earth-to-table at its core, Taproot embraces the community by supporting local farmers, makers and musicians. Find unique hard ciders like cherry ginger, lemongrass and Madagascar vanilla bean aged in bourbon barrels. The food menu (full of delicious vegan and gluten-free eats, too!) is always rooted in Northern Michigan.
Friske Orchards is all things apple come fall! The perfect autumn afternoon? Grab a non-alcoholic sparkling cider and wander through the U-pick orchard, then refuel with one of the fresh, locally sourced deli creations.
Nestled in the costal beauty of Old Mission Peninsula, Bowers Harbor Vineyards focuses on an approachable, fun and educational experience with wine and cider. Dog-lovers, get ready. The pet-friendly grounds are home to the cutest mascots in the North.
Born from the ever-popular Short’s Brewing Co., Starcut is producing modern hard ciders with apples from local farmers. Though you’ve probably hear of their flagships—Pulsar, Octorock and Mosa—there’s so much more to love on tap at the pub in Bellaire.
The on-top-of-the-world view, friendly staff and innovative array of ciders make Suttons Bay Ciders a must-stop. Fill your flight with spicy, sweet and surprising bevies and take in the stunning view of West Grand Traverse Bay.
Suttons Bay Ciders // Photo by Mae Stier
Having grown fruit in Elk Rapids for 60 years, Townline produces cider fresh from the family tree. Every ounce of fruit is grown in local orchards, resulting in crisp, fresh ciders with bright personalities.
In addition to the friendly faces that come with a family-run cidery, your trip to Bee Well in downtown Bellaire will also include a cozy atmosphere and a 20-handle lineup of cider and mead certain to satisfy every pallet. Bring your kids, a picnic and get ready to become part of the Bee Well family.