This crisp drink is made across the state. Here are some hard ciders made by Indiana producers to try this fall.

Hard Ciders from New Day Meadery

This Fountain Square maker of honey wines has a polished offering of four hard ciders, too. It’s most popular is South Cider, a not-toosweet, not-too-dry variety that New Day co-owner Tia Agnew says is “very approachable and food friendly.” This fall, Sap Sucker cider returns, infused with pure maple syrup from Burton’s Maplewood Farm in Medora. Order the ciders by the pint, growler or keg (yep!) at New Day’s tasting room, and find it on tap at bars and restaurants throughout Indy.

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Hard Ciders from McClure’s Orchard

Cider making at this Peru farm is breathless – it has 16 varieties, both familiar and unusual. For something different that you won’t find elsewhere, try Jalapeño, which indeed is fermented with peppers; Grandpa’s Bourbon Barrel Aged cider, which picks up flavor while it matures in used bourbon barrels; or Fireball, with a cinnamon finish just like the famous candies. The ciders can be sampled and bought by the bottle at the orchard only.

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Grady’s Hard Cider from Buck Creek Winery

This hard cider is naturally sweetened with unfermented apple cider, not sugar, says winemaker Jeff Durm. The crisp, semi-dry variety is made with apples from an orchard outside of Peru, and carries his mother-inlaw’s maiden name. Find the 750ml bottles at the winery in southeast Indy and at select liquor stores (Durm says the south side’s Parti-Pak Liquors, 2633 E. Stop 11 Rd., typically stocks it).

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Gale’s Hard Cider from Thomas Family Winery

This dry, barrel-fermented variety is named after the owner’s grandfather, who made cider in Tipton during Prohibition. Now it’s made in Madison using “old timey” heirloom apples. Available by the bottle at Broad Ripple Brewpub, Twenty Tap and Crown Liquors.

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Mammoth Hard Cider from Madison County Winery

This four-year-old winery offers three ciders – its newest, Candy Apple, promises to taste just like the treat on a stick. The others are original and cinnamon-flavored. Pick up a 750ml bottle at the winery’s tasting room and shop in downtown Pendleton.

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Beanblossom Hard Cider from Oliver Winery:

Read about this newest kid on the blockhere.



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