Los Angeles is famous for many things, but sadly craft cider isn’t one of them. Thankfully more and more bars are stocking at least one cider, but for those of us that are looking for something outside of the mass-market ciders, this post is for you.
Here are some of the best bars serving craft cider in Los Angeles )in no particular order).
Sunset Beer Company (Echo Park)
Less of a traditional bar and more of a liquor store in which you can drink… and not a bad thing if you ask us! This addition to Echo Park is most welcome as it comes with a massive selection of fantastic ciders (and beers) including the farmhouse style Millstone Cider from Maryland, a couple from Portland Cider Company, See Canyon, the new Tin City Cider and more from the USA and abroad. They charge a small corkage fee ($2 per drink) to drink in their bar area, but it’s well worth it for this quality of cider.
Block Party (Highland Park)
Recent arrival to the burgeoning Highland Park neighborhood. This beer focussed bar has a solid array of ciders as well, including Waupoos on draft and three kinds of 101 Cider House, Troy and Sea Cider Prohibition (aged in rum soaked bourbon barrels) in bottles/cans that you can just grab from the fridges that line the walls. Block Party has a large patio in the back with Nintendo Wii, shuffleboard and a hot dog cart… what more could you ask for.
The Surly Goat (West Hollywood)
This WeHo fav has lots to offer; darts, shuffleboard, jukebox, outdoor area and lots of craft beers on tap, but The Surly Goat also has some great craft ciders available including Anthem Pear and Cherry, Wandering Aengus “Bloom” regularly on tap.
Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
Some great craft ciders in bottles (none of draft) at this Little Tokyo spot, including 101 Cider House Cactus Red and SoCal Srumpy, Anthem Hops, Anthem Apple, Cherry and Pear, Rev Nat’s Hopricot
Ball and Chain (Hollywood)
A fantastic selection of craft ciders at this Hollywood watering hole. Ball and Chain obviously take their cider seriously, on tap are Anthem Hops from Wandering Aengus, Rev Nat’s Hallelujah Apricot, Square Mile, Crispin Perry and Angry Orchard.
Beer Belly (Koreatown)
This place is a beer lovers dream (over 20 available) and they don’t ignore the ciders either!Available are B.Nektar’s Zombie Killer (more of a mead), 101 Ciders’ SoCal Scrumpy and IPC and guest ciders on the rotating taps. Considering their selection of beer I would like to see more ciders available here sometime soon.
55 Degree Wine (Atwater Village)
Now this is my kind of place.. a underground craft cider den! They have one of the best selections in the city in my opinion. Like Sunset Beer Co it’s a buy it first, then drink it kind of place. Available here are (get ready); Common Cider Co’s Lemon Saison and Cranberry Pear, 101 Cider House’s full range (Srumpy, Cactus, IPC and Black Dog), Rev Nat’s Hopricot, Cider Brothers William Tell Hard Apple, Spire Pear Cider, See Canyon Classic, Crispin Honey Crisp, Pacific Pear, Regular Cider and imported English Dry, Sir Perry Pear Cider, Anthem Apple, Alpenfire Calypso and Pirate’s Plank, Troy MMXIV, Woodchuck Pear, Dry Hopsation and Pink Reserve, Ace Apple Honey, Aspall Dry, Perronelle’s Blush, Grand Cru and the fantastic Imperial.
The Park Bar and Grill (Burbank)
Admittedly, the pairing of sports bars and craft cider don’t seem a likely one but at this spot in Burbank they do. With Brooks Dry on tap and Johnny Appleseed, a Spanish pear cider, 101 Cider (Black Dog, Cactus Red and IPC) and Waupoos in bottles this is a great place to watch your favorite games with your favorite drink!
The Faculty (East Hollywood)
The Faculty is brining a nice variety of ciders to the mix. They have Anthem Hop’d on tap and Julian Black and Blue, Anthem Cherry and two Spanish ciders in bottle, Virtue’s Cidre De Nava and Percheron. Be sure to say hello to the owner, Mike, who’s a wonderfully friendly fellow (and makes his own mead to boot!)
Buzz Wine Beer Shop (Downtown)
With so many great bars and restaurants in DTLA it’s nice to see so many of them stocking a couple of ciders each. But the pick of Downtown goes to Buzz Wine Beer Shop on Spring Street. Like 55 Degrees Wine and Sunset Beer co this is more of a bottle shop – turned bar. The pay off for that is the great ciders they have available which include; two from Portland Cider Co (Pearfect and Sorta Sweet), two traditional Basque ciders, California’s own Troy cider, a traditional cidre from Eric Bordelet, the farmhouse cider from Maryland’s Millstone and finally West County Ciders’ Redfield.
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