The rest of the country might not know the difference between hard cider and apple juice, but we in the Apple State certainly do. The Seattle-Tacoma area has the nation’s third largest number of adults who drink hard cider.
5. Minneapolis/St. Paul
Data from Scarborough, Release 1 2013
There are at least 70 cider pairings and tastings over the next 10 days, hosted by many big names chefs such as Tom Douglas. For those new to hard cider, I recommend attending either the Friday or Saturday tasting event at Cider Summit Seattle, in South Lake Union, where there will be more than 100 ciders from around the world to sample and plenty of cider makers around to answer your questions. Cider has become so big in our region, that you can take cider tours much like you would a winery or brewery. Here’s a story on visiting cider farms in Port Townsend.