Phoenix Hard Cider Tour Finding Hard Cider in the Desert

For this hard cider tour, we traveled to the Phoenix area on a beautiful sunny day in August. The plan was simple, stop at some local bottle shops and other stores before ending at Cider Corps — the cidery located in downtown Mesa.

We visited Bottle Stop 48, My Beer Wine, Whole Foods, Total Wine & More and similar shops on our way to Cider Corps.

We were able to find a number of new hard ciders for sampling later at home.

Local Arizona Hard Ciders

Charlie Bravo Press: A combination of apple and coffee.

I’m not a coffee fan but I still had to try it.

TenTen Cider: An obscure hopped cider with some age on it.

TenTen was made with apples from a Patagonia orchard by Rune Wines, which is based in Elgin.

My wife tracked down this information and called Rune to confirm it. They made it as a test several years ago.

It was still quite good. A nice dessert apple base with some earthy hops made this hard cider easy to drink.

Stoic is located up in Prescott but distributes down into the Phoenix area.

This is another hopped hard cider and also quite good.

I really enjoyed Golden Russet. We paired it with a homemade sourdough apple cheese pizza

It’s a very nice Traditional style hard cider made from heirloom Golden Russet apples. It’s one of my favorites.

International Ciders

We also picked up several European hard ciders!

Last Stop: Cider Corps

It’s a cidery located in downtown Mesa opened by some military veterans. It was a blast!

A lot of cider on tap. A food truck outside. A singer and guitar player in the background.

A great way to spend an afternoon!

Food truck and cider!

Tell me what could be better?

Semper Vera won this group!

A dry hard cider with nice apple flavors and a touch of astringency.

Kiwi Grenade!

That habanero heat gets you at the end!

All good but Operation Apple Pie was the award winner here!

An awesome end to an awesome day!

Beautiful sunsets and hard cider... both can found in the desert.

Traveling to a new city provides you the opportunity to sample and acquire different hard ciders. Take advantage of these opportunities even if all you do is stop into the local Whole Foods or Total Wine & More.

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