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!

Farmhaus Cider
Farmhaus Cider Co. - Cider Flight, 2021

Farmhaus Cider Co is located in Hudsonville, about 15 miles west of downtown Grand Rapids.

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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 fruity blend called Punch Bowl Sangria. Their taproom is open Thursday-Sunday.  If you have time to spare, check out the alfresco Cidergarten, a woodland take on the traditional biergarten, complete with domed enclosures for winter dining.

The People's Cider Co. is known for its premium dry ciders, similar to European cider culture which is unique to West Michigan.

The People's Cider Co. is known for its premium dry ciders, similar to European cider culture which is unique to West Michigan.

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The People’s Cider Co.

People’s Cider 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 this thriving business, which he opened in 2011. Stop in at its West Side cider bar from Tuesday–Saturday for indoor, outdoor or to-go service. Jason is always brewing new flavors – order a flight to try multiple varieties.

Beer and Wine from Pink Barrel Cellars
Pink Barrel Cellars at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm - Front Entrance

Pink Barrel Cellars is located at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm.

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Pink Barrel Cellars

Pink Barrel Cellars is the taproom at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm, a 3rd and 4th generation farm on The Fruit Ridge in northwest Grand Rapids. Pink Barrel offers a selection of on-tap ciders, beer and wine made with fresh ingredients grown right there on the farm, plus food, entertainment and a farm market offering seasonal produce, kitchen necessities and gift items. The taproom is open year-round, Tuesday-Saturday.

Pux Cider Taphouse

The Schaefer family has been growing apples in the Sparta area for more than 150 years and crafting small batches of cider since 2012. In 2021, the family decided to open Pux Cider Taphouse not far off the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids. Pux uses more than 100 of its apple cultivars – including American dessert apples and French and English cider apples – to create a unique range of artisanal hard ciders. The tap house is open Wednesday-Saturday.

A couple cider tasting at Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids

Find your favorite hard cider or wine with a little help from Robinette's tasting room.

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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 Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm. The last wine tasting is 30 minutes before closing.

Vander Mill outdoor patio
Vander Mill - Cider Glasses

Vander Mill's patio is open year-round, with enclosed and heated enclosures for cold weather.

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Vander Mill

One of the state’s most popular cider producers, Vander Mill 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. Vander Mill’s spacious patio is open year-round, with enclosed and heated enclosures for cold weather.

If you’re in the mood to explore the countryside around Grand Rapids, plan a stop at Painted Turtle Hard Cider (in Lowell, about 25 minutes east of downtown GR), Ridge Cider Co. (in Grant, about 35 minutes north) or Virtue Cider (in Fennville, 45 minutes southwest). And if you prefer your cider without the alcohol kick, fall is the perfect time to enjoy it fresh-pressed on the farm.

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