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Hard Ciders?

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I want to get some great cider as a gift for a cider afficinado friend of mine. Can you recommend what kind would be an impressive purchase and where to get it in the DC area? Thanks!

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  1. Personally, I like Smithwick's Hard Cider but I've only ever had it in pubs and I'm not sure if it would be considered impressive or not.

    You might also want to post your question on the beer board here at chowhound as well. They may have more suggestions. I did a quick search and found the following discussion - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33768...

    1. Woodchuck Dark and Dry is very nice--most of the Giants in Virginia have it. There was an outfit in the Shenandoah Valley making hard cider a few years ago, but I believe they are out of business.

      1. How about a French cider? A couple of weeks ago Arrowine was advertising one by Pierre Huet. French cider is usually sold in champagne-style bottles; perhaps that will impress?

        (Oh, and they're tasty, too).

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        1. re: alopez

          E Dupont makes a reserve cidre aged in calvados casks. Their pommeau (blend of sweet cider and calvados) is also quite good. I also like their regular cidre, which is unfiltered, unpasteurized and fermented without the addition of a yeast culture.

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        2. A really great organic biodynamic cider at an amazing price.

          The Bordelet Sydre Doux has a tiny bit of residual sugar and good acidity so it pairs well with food. or for something completely dry they have the Sydre Brut.

          It's really lovely

          I think you can get it if you paste this link into your browser

          http://www.thewinecountry.com/mm5/mer...