Fall in Northern Michigan begs for a glass of locally made hard cider, but if you want something a little lighter, a refreshing seltzer hits the spot too, especially on those warm, sunny afternoons. Sip these top six reader favorites.

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

Black Cherry Breakwater Seltzer, Ore Dock Brewing Co., Marquette

Brewed near the shores of Lake Superior with all-natural ingredients and zero added sugar. Crack open a can of bubbly!

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Benzie & Leelanau

Smackintosh, Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay

Sweet and appley, this crowd favorite is made with McIntosh, Northern Spy and Rhode Island Greening apples.

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes

The Conservancy, Bee Well Mead & Cider, Bellaire

This small-batch cider is made with Michigan heritage apples and is dry, tart and extra bubbly for special occasions.

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling

Pie Pants, Snowbelt Brewing Co., Gaylord

Made with apples from King Orchards in nearby Central Lake with just a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar.

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more. 

Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Tunnel Vision Hard Cider, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs

Pair a growler of this refreshing cider with any number of fall activities at Pond Hill Farm: pumpkin picking, pumpkin bowling, hayrides and more.

View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Traverse City

Cinnamon Girl, Left Foot Charley, Traverse City

Is there a more classic combo than apples and cinnamon? Whole cinnamon sticks are steeped in the cider for four to six weeks for a punch of spice.  

View the full list of Traverse City Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner

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