Are you looking for a crisp, hard apple taste this spring? Look no further than the nation’s capital for cider.
The DC area offers a range of ciders, including sweet, gluten-free and dry. Local cideries also offer unique varieties that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. So, hop on the cider trail in the DMV and prepare for an overload of flavor and refreshment. Make sure to review safety protocols at the cideries before planning your trip.
Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room
Anxo (pronounced an-cho) opened in 2016 and they are located in Brightwood Park. With 24 ciders on draft, you’re sure to find the right flavor for you in its tasting room. Anxo's ciders are also available for purchase online., but if you are searching for the cidery atmosphere check out their Brightwood location which is open for dining and drinking.
Supreme Core Cider
Located in Ivy City, Supreme Core Cider is known to serve cider “for beer drinkers.” Launched in 2018 just blocks away from the National Arboretum, this cidery has earned rave reviews for its sugar and gluten-free drinks. Year-round favorites include Ginger Lime and Pounda Gold, but make sure to check out its seasonal offerings as well, including the beloved Strawberry Bloom. Supreme Core’s patio & taproom is currently open Friday-Sunday, and they are dog and kid-friendly. No worries if you live outside of the city, you can have Supreme Core Cider shipped to your door.
Capitol Cider House
Located in the bustling Petworth neighborhood and steps away from the George Ave-Petworth Metro Stop, Capitol Cider House focuses on local flavors infused with modernity. Its hard ciders include choices like the Manchurian Crab, Honey Lavender and Peargatory. Capitol Cider House likes to say that its creations are “more like a fine wine than a popsicle.” The location is dog and kid-friendly, and their tasting room and patio are currently open Friday-Sunday.
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
The first licensed cidery in Maryland, Distillery Lane in Jefferson sits on a 95-acre historic farm that dates back to the Civil War. The ciders refrain from sweetness but instead deliver refreshment and are naturally tart and aromatic. Distillery Lane Cider is closed for the season, but they expect to re-open late summer. In the meantime, you can find their ciders at St. Anselm and Red Bear Brewing Company.
Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine
Located on a 35-acre farm in Middletown, Md., Willow Oaks offers small batch, barrel-fermented cider. Its acclaimed flavors are handcrafted from organic fruit and totally unfiltered. Willow Oaks is open Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm and don't forget your mask if you plan on going indoors.
Lost Boy Cider
Established in 2019 in Alexandria, Va., Lost Boy Cider is a new kid on the block. New to the scene, the cidery's fermented refreshments are made with all-natural ingredients including hops, cranberries, pineapples and spices. Cider slushies are available for the hotter days and the kids can sip on non-alcoholic cider during your visit. Lost Boy’s taproom is open Wednesday through Friday. Delivery and pick-up are also available.
Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery
Corcoran, located in Loudoun County, opened in 2004 with a specialty in hand-crafted ciders and Port-style wines. The carbonated, refreshing and crisp cider served at Corcoran is entirely gluten-free. The family-owned property is first-come, first-served for outdoor seating and limited inside seating (up to 50% capacity) Saturday and Sunday. So grab your pup, grab a picnic and get out there.
Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery
With a cider barn and distillery, Mt. Defiance serves up the refreshment in style in historic Middleburg, Va. The locale mixes classic and craft cider flavors, including ginger and honey-infused varieties. You can also indulge in delicious spirits, including absinthe, apple brandy, bourbon whiskey and much more. The cider barn is open from Wednesday-Sunday from 12-6 p.m., while the distillery is open every day from 12-6 p.m.