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Oct 30, 2008 08:49 AM

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I'm looking for some tasty non-pasteurized apple cider (makes some extra fine hard cider). I'm originally from upstate and typically I could find this at some choice orchards. I've yet to try down here and to this point I've settled for grocery store cider.

Any ideas?

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  1. At the Waverly and downtown farmers markets, Reid Orchard provides the alternative of UV rather than pasteurized if you ask, and warn you that it will 'turn' more quickly, which may mean that it's better hard than the pasteurized.

    Whatever you do, don't buy Zeigler's. It has a really nasty aftertaste.

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    1. re: crowsonguy

      Perfect. I love the down town market, I think I've seen that cider there, they should advertise the UV alternatives better. Do you know if it's sold at Eastern Market?

      1. re: crowsonguy

        I like Reid's but prefer Baugher's even more. Reid's has a very strong apple taste, whereas Baugher's is more cidery... if this makes any sense (we did a side by side comparison). We got Baughers through our CSA this week, but I have also seen it for sale at Eddys in Mt Vernon.

        edit: baughers is unpasteurized.. the only problem with Reids is now they are "big" enough to not fly under the radar. But definitely try them both, you might prefer one to the other.

      2. Heyser's Orchard out New Hampshire Avenue sells excellent unfiltered, unpasteurized cider - $5.50 a gallon. I bought a jug two weekends past.

        Several years ago I turned 5 gallons of their cider into an excellent batch of English-style hard cider. Clear as champagne, tart with a high alcohol content.

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        1. re: MDBBQFiend

          Sounds great, where exactly on New Hampshire Ave?

          1. re: phishie

            At the intersection with Bonifant Road

            By the way, Baughers is in Westminister, a pleasant ride on a nice Fall day with gas prices down. Its diner-like restaurant also serves decent food. And it makes its own ice cream.

          2. re: MDBBQFiend

            Heyser also has wonderful pies and cookies, and carries Trickling Springs Creamery milk.

              1. re: MDBBQFiend

                I saw Spring Mill bakery in Bethesda was selling Heyser's unpasteurized cider recently.

                1. My wife and I prefer Dickins Cider. Believe me, there is nothing better than a hard Dickins Cider.

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                  1. re: jpc8015

                    On these chilly autumn evenings my wife loves a hot Dickins Cider.

                  2. I'm pretty sure I saw some (can't remember the brand) a couple of weeks ago at the Old Greenbelt farmer's market.

                    1. Probably available at Dutch markets in Germantown and Burtonsville

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                      1. re: nickdanger

                        It's not. The Dutch market in Germantown only has pasteurized cider.