Cider, like all alcoholic beverages, is experiencing a boom right now, with many makers across the country hastening to put their stamp on the alcoholic apple beverage.
Austin is home to a few of them — and two of these local cideries have made it onto Food & Wine’s “Best Places to Drink Ciders” list. Argus Cidery, on the road to Dripping Springs, and Texas Keeper Cider, south of Austin in Manchaca, have both received a worthy mention.
Of Argus, Food & Wine’s Joe Stanek writes that the cidery had trouble finding an identity at first but quickly found fans of quirky, well-made fruited beverages.
“When Wes Mickel applied for the first cider license in Texas, the question of whether his dry ciders were more like wine or beer came up a lot,” Stanek writes. “Sourcing a majority of apples from Texas and Arkansas — with other varietals brought in for use in special fermentation lines that produce as few as just 300 bottles — allows Mickel to press fresh juice year round.”
Texas Keeper Cider is similarly doing small-batch ciders in its picturesque cidery and tasting room, as it’s been doing since 2013, Stanek writes.
These include a recent collaboration with the ABGB, as well as a cider and wine blend, Grafter Rosé, that is quite frankly one of the best drinks I’ve enjoyed all year. For a taste of something new that Texas Keeper is producing — this time, a honey and apple blend called a cyser — check out the Honey Festival at the cidery on Saturday.