As America's most popular alcoholic beverage throughout the colonial era and into the early days of the United States, cider's popularity began to wane in the 1840s as a wave of German immigrants brought beer-making techniques with them into the country. The great breweries of America's cities popularized German-style beers that would eventually become the watered-down, mass-marketed lagers of today. However, just as the craft beer movement has taken off with glorious abandon, reinventing the taste and identity of American beer, hard cider, too, is being given a new platform to shine as a craft product.
Dry ciders dominate the American marketplace, but sweeter varieties also have their devoted partisans. To try a wide array of ciders, take a look at our list of the best in America.
Fox Barrel Black Label Pacific Pear Cider (Fox Barrel)
Giving the apple a little competition — Fox Barrel is one of the only American brands devoted entirely to pear cider. Their flagship product, Black Label, is made from 100 percent pear juice rather than the apple-pear mix used by many other brands.