With a history of cider drinking dating back to Julius Caesar’s days, the beverage has long been loved in Europe, and its popularity has now become entrenched in America as well. Not only can you easily find worldly ciders across the DMV, many cideries are popping up all over the east coast—especially in Virginia. The craft cider movement fits in nicely with farm-to-table food trends, and the vast number of heirloom apple varieties ensures many unique cider styles from which to choose. There are more than 7,000 varieties grown worldwide today; that means if you ate an apple variety a day, you’d be trying a different apple each day for almost two decades!
Ciders are delicious, refreshing and incredibly food friendly – sip a sparkling style as an aperitif or pair it with creamy, buttery dishes; or try a sweeter version with spicy Asian cuisine or tangy barbecue. Mix up your holiday beverage routine this year and serve a few ciders to guests. Virginia’s official Cider Week runs November 13 to 22 and offers a range of opportunities to taste and try.
Check out www.ciderweekva.com for all the details on special tastings, events and other cider happenings.
Finding Cider in the DMV
It’s easy to find cider at retailers and restaurants around the District—funky Basque cider, sparkling Normandy cider, crisp Virginia cider and everything in between.
While cider is easily enjoyed in its pure form, having some fun cocktail ideas in your playbook is always a good idea.
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