Cider has an apple base that’s both acidic and sweet at the same time. It’s fermented, tangy, rich, and has a fruity undertone that shines with a brilliant tartness. You won’t find another beverage with the same uniqueness that cider brings. In order to get the best flavor, venture out for a glass at a taproom. Here are five places in Pittsburgh to indulge your hard cider cravings.
A rustic atmosphere coincides nicely with fresh cider. Threadbare has a homey atmosphere and plenty of different flavors on tap to explore. There are fruity ciders like Cherry, Hometown Lemonade, and Perry the Pear—or less sugar-forward ciders like Ginger, Allegheny Dry, and Oaked and Wild. With so many to taste, you can get a flight and try them all.
Lawrenceville, Dormont, Wexford
Small-batch brewing is what makes Arsenal different from other cider houses. It’s also the first cidery in Western Pennslyvania and has made quite the name with a Civil War theme modeled after the Allegheny Arsenal. Besides a deep history, the list of ciders is neverending—delight in sour flavors, pumpkin spice, fruity tastes, and much more.
This upscaled brewing encounter is on the famous corner of Forbes and Shady Avenue. While sipping on cider, have a bowl of Butternut Squash Soup or share an Asado Platter packed with grilled meats and blistered shishito peppers. There are plenty of choices, plus a choice to dine inside or outside.
Beat the inflated prices at PNC Park and enjoy Bold Rock Ciders after the game. Southern Tier originated in Lakewood, NY, but has quickly taken over the Pittsburgh brewing scene. Pomegranate, blackberry, and apple are just a few seasonal choices you’ll find on tap during fall. Even if cider isn’t your thing, the beer selection combines Lakewood and Pittsburgh-brewed picks.
A warm and cozy medieval hall is a fantastic place to enjoy a goblet of cider. KingView Meadhouse is truly a memorable dining experience with medieval-themed food to match. Raiding Chili and Loki Lobster Bisque are just some perfect options during chilly days. They also aren’t afraid to put twists on regular cider flavors, like with their Banana Berry hard cider.
Story by Kylie Thomas
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