Your Guide to North Durham Cideries
By: Chris Mitchell, Traveling Mitch
In recent years, cider has become increasingly popular across the province, and Durham Region certainly isn’t an exception. Much of that rise in popularity has to do with a simultaneous rise in both quality and experimentation in the world of Ontario cider, and Ontarians ultimately coming to the realization that some of the best cider on the planet can be found in their very own backyard.
Cider, for those who are unfamiliar, is simply an alcoholic beverage that’s made from the fermented juice of apples. Funny enough, cider is considerably more like wine than beer (which it’s often compared to), since it’s fermented and not brewed.
However, like beer nowadays, it’s often the brewer’s fingerprints that really make a cider come alive. Perhaps they’ve added a fruit other than apple, or an herb like lavender or mint. Ultimately, the sky’s the limit, and you’re in luck because North Durham is dotted with exceptional cideries that put creativity at the forefront of their brewing process.