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The 10 Best Hard Ciders of 2022

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This Friday, June 3rd, we celebrate World Cider Day, an international holiday celebrating the fermented drink made from apples. 

Considered a favorite beverage in many different countries from Japan to America to Spain, cider actually traces its roots way back. 

In fact, by the time the Romans invaded England around 55 BCE, they discovered the Celts who lived there making and drinking cider from local crabapples. Later, the process of fermenting and distilling cider spread throughout Southern England, France, and Spain. 

Fast forward a bit and, of course, in America the lore of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, tells the tale of a man traveling the country planting apple trees in the early nineteenth century.

Today, you can find cider made everywhere. Coinciding with the modern craft beer movement, cideries have exploded across the globe. In fact, last year alone drinks in the "Cider - Traditional" category notched an incredible 1.6 million check-ins on the app. 


So there is no shortage of ciders you can enjoy from to recognize World Cider Day. But if you're not sure where to start in the great wide world of cider, here are a few of our suggestions courtesy of the 10 Highest-Rated Hard Ciders (in the category of "Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein") of the last year.

Untappd's 10 Highest-Rated Hard Ciders of 2022* 

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Photography courtesy of 2 Towns Ciderhouse

1. Cider Donut - Downeast Cider House

Cider Donut label

Cider Donut

Downeast Cider House

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 7,001

Unique (?) 6,116

5.2% ABV

No IBU

(4.14)

5,542 Ratings

2. Mad Bark - Ciderboys Hard Cider

Mad Bark label

Mad Bark

Ciderboys Hard Cider

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 17,506

Unique (?) 14,403

5% ABV

No IBU

(3.91)

12,849 Ratings

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Photography courtesy of Ciderboys Hard Cider

3. Cosmic Crisp® - 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Cosmic Crisp® label

Cosmic Crisp®

2 Towns Ciderhouse

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 3,296

Unique (?) 2,776

8% ABV

No IBU

(3.98)

2,495 Ratings

4. Original Blend - Downeast Cider House

Original Blend label

Original Blend

Downeast Cider House

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 74,561

Unique (?) 50,133

5.1% ABV

No IBU

(3.88)

44,452 Ratings

5. Raspberry Smash - Ciderboys Hard Cider

Raspberry Smash label

Raspberry Smash

Ciderboys Hard Cider

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 12,545

Unique (?) 10,710

5% ABV

No IBU

(3.85)

9,579 Ratings

6. Double Blend - Downeast Cider House

Double Blend label

Double Blend

Downeast Cider House

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 8,859

Unique (?) 7,417

7.3% ABV

No IBU

(3.92)

6,660 Ratings

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Photography courtesy of Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard

7. 1911 Honeycrisp Hard Cider - Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

1911 Honeycrisp Hard Cider label

1911 Honeycrisp Hard Cider

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 5,272

Unique (?) 4,518

6.9% ABV

No IBU

(3.82)

4,045 Ratings

8. Passport: Pineapple Passionfruit - Schilling Cider

Passport: Pineapple Passionfruit label

Passport: Pineapple Passionfruit

Schilling Cider

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 12,194

Unique (?) 10,399

6.7% ABV

No IBU

(3.85)

9,352 Ratings

9. Berry Burst Cider® - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Berry Burst Cider® label

Berry Burst Cider®

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 18,645

Unique (?) 16,293

3% ABV

No IBU

(3.65)

14,481 Ratings

10. First Press - Ciderboys Hard Cider

First Press label

First Press

Ciderboys Hard Cider

Cider - Traditional / Apfelwein

Total (?) 22,628

Unique (?) 18,481

5% ABV

No IBU

(3.71)

16,280 Ratings

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