Grand Rapids may be known as Beer City USA, but that’s not the only drink in town. With overflowing apple orchards and skilled producers, craft cider flows as strong as the Grand River.

Unlike its ale and porter counterparts, hard cider is full of antioxidants and is naturally gluten-free. Plus, it’s delicious – what other reasons do you need to drink up? Our list of apple-tastic places to drink hard cider might entice you to try something new!

Vander Mill

Vander Mill offers a multitude of hard ciders – there’s one for everyone.

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Vander Mill

One of the state’s most popular cider producers, Vander Mill’s Grand Rapids-based tap house is open all year long. Choose from more than 30 different types of ciders, like the Blue Gold that’s infused with blueberries, or the spicy Ginger Peach. Its food menu features an array of tasty dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients, local produce, and of course, apples.

The People’s Cider Co.

Founder Jason Lummen started making homebrewed cider, and it quickly gained a loyal following among friends and fans alike. So much so, that he turned his hobby into the thriving business, which he opened in 2011. Stop in at its cider bar from Thursday– Saturday. People's Cider Co. is open for to-go, outdoor service, and limited indoor service. Jason is always brewing up new flavors, or order a flight to try them all.

Farmhaus Cider Co.

Farmhaus Cider is located on a family orchard in Hudsonville, about 15 miles west from downtown Grand Rapids. The Behrens family purchased the farm in 1866, which was later renovated in 2015 to be a cider-making haven. Its collection of ciders range from a dry cinnamon/maple brew (aptly named, Brunch) to a zesty French-inspired, unfiltered cider called Caison. Their taproom has limited hours and is typically open January-April on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and April-November Thursday-Sunday.  If you have time to spare, check out the alfresco Cidergarten, a woodland take on the traditional biergarten. Sip cider flights while playing board games under twinkling string lights.

Cider Week GR is a great time to get to know area cider producers.

Try multiple kinds of cider at Robinette's.

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Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

Robinette’s is known for being a hotspot for family fun and fresh-pressed apple cider. But, if you’re seeking adults-only cider, you’ll want to head there too. In the lower level of the barn, you’ll find a tasting room where you can sample (and buy) a wide range of private label wines and ciders. For $8, you'll receive a souvenir glass and five tastings (wine or cider), and if you bring your souvenir tasting glass the next time you visit, you’ll get a discount! The tasting room is open anytime the gift barn is, typically Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. The last wine tasting is 30 minutes before closing.

Craft ciders are just one of the many Grand Rapids area craft beverage offerings. Try them all!

This post was originally written by Austin Langlois.