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Hard ciders to try this summer

Hard cider was traded like money for valuables during colonial times in America, and was among the most popular drinks in the country for decades. That is, until the market dried up with Prohibition. Decades later, there's a renewed thirst for the beverage that is made from fermented apple juice. Cider makers typically ferment their product through the winter months and bottle in the spring, so now is the perfect time to try the newest batches from the state's local producers. Here are five New York-made hard ciders to try this spring and where to find them.

Doc's Draft Hard Cider

Doc's Draft Hard Cider, made by the Warwick
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Doc's Draft Hard Cider, made by the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, is one of the best known brands of cider in New York and was established in 1994. Varieties include Sour Cherry Hard Cider and Black Current Hard Cider, though some may be seasonal.
Where to buy: Online or find a store by New York county

Eve's Cidery

Eve's Cidery, located in Van Etten in the
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Eve's Cidery, located in Van Etten in the Finger Lakes region, is a family-run business. Varieties include semi-dry, bubbly blends like Northern Spy and Rustica, which has a green apple flourish.
Where to buy: Sold in city green markets from April to September; also available at a number of restaurants.

Bad Seed Cider Company

Bad Seed Cider Company was started over two
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Bad Seed Cider Company was started over two years ago using apples from Wilklow Orchards in Highland. They make ciders aged in bourbon barrels as well as a hard cider fermented with Belgian abbey yeast.
Where to buy: Whole Foods Market and some farmers' markets.

Nine Pin Cider Works

Nine Pin Cider Works, of Albany, was the
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Nine Pin Cider Works, of Albany, was the first cidery to be issued a special license allowing it to open a tasting room back in February. While it's not yet available in New York City, owner Alejandro del Peral says the company may sign up a distributor soon. It's signature product is described as an "off dry sparkling cider." They also sell a cider co-fermented with blueberries.
Where to buy: Several upstate locations and at their tasting room in Albany

Steampunk Cider

Steampunk Cider, produced by Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
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Steampunk Cider, produced by Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in upstate New York, takes its name from a genre of speculative fiction that mashes up Victorian Era trappings and futurism.
Where to buy: A list of retailers can be found here

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