Not that we are ready to give up on summer quite yet, but these are the Iowa cider mills that will help you welcome fall in style. Check them out soon, before the weather turns chilly.
1. Winterset Cidery, Winterset
It's an integral part of the Madison County scenery, and just 30 minutes southwest of Des Moines. The cidery grows over 30 varieties of apples. Enjoy the giant tasting room with vaulted ceilings. The craft hard cider is made in Iowa. They don't add water or sugar to the cider. The cidery is open Thursday through Sunday.
Its located at 1638 Highway 169, Winterset.
2. Wilson's Orchard, Iowa City
For a fun family day out, this is a wonderful choice. It's a real working apple farm where you can pick your own apples when they are in season. The kids will love the tractor rides. There's plenty of fresh apple cider at the barn.
Wilson's Orchard is at 4823 Dingleberry Rd. NE, Iowa City.
3. Sutliff Cider Company, Lisbon
Enjoy delicious hard cider made on-site in one of the most scenic areas of the state. It's just five miles north of the small town of Lisbon. They press apple juice, ferment, and bottle it in one of the historic buildings on the property. Their tasting room is on the ground level of the estate's 120-year-old barn.
You'll find Sutliff Cider Company at 382 Sutliff Road, Lisbon.
4. Jefferson County Ciderworks, Fairfield
This is home to a line of New American Ciders. Enjoy samples in the tap room that include Dry Hopped Cider, Hibiscus Cider, Sour Cherry Cider, and Apple Hard Cider.
You'll find this Iowa cidery at 1839 200th St., Fairfield.
5. Jasper Winery, Des Moines
This incredible cider is called South Cider. It has a hint of cinamon and is a tart apple cider. The tasting room at this cidery is open seven days a week. While you are there, sample the beautiful Jasper wines. An indoor/outdoor fireplace and outdoor patio make this place a great spot to relax and enjoy some Iowa goodness.
Jasper Winery is located at 2400 George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines.
6. Fishback & Stephenson
These Iowans created an amazing tart and semi-sweet cider with aronia berries. It's completely refreshing. Visit the restaurant to try their cider and enjoy their farm-raised Iowa beef. These Iowans have farm-to-table figured out.
The Cider House is located at 102 North 2nd St., Fairfield.
7. Crimson Sunset Cidery, Cascade
This off-grid facility, powered by a wind turbine and a 15-panel solar array, is a production-only cidery and winery. Here is a list of places where you can get their amazing cider on tap.
Need Pizzeria- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Parlor City Pub & Eatery- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cellar Peanut Pub Pella- Pella, Iowa
The Cellar Peanut Pub Oskaloosa- Oskaloosa, Iowa
Sanctuary Pub- Iowa City, Iowa
The Iowa Taproom- Des Moines, Iowa
el Bait Shop- Des Moines, Iowa
The Royal Mile- Des Moines, Iowa
The Hessen Haus- Des Moines, Iowa
Franklin Street Brewery- Manchester, Iowa
The Ladora Bank Bistro- Ladora, Iowa
Black Sheep Social Club- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ramsey's Wine Bistro- Marion, Iowa
Lucky Penny- Hiawatha, Iowa
Graze- Iowa City, Iowa
The Jitney- Monticello, Iowa
Beck's Taproom Grill- Waterloo, Iowa
Reds Public House- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
If you must say goodbye to summer, do it while enjoying a crisp, expertly crafted, local cider at one of these amazing Iowa locations.