December 3, 2020

Suttons Bay Ciders' Barrel Rider

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | Nov. 2, 2019

There might not be a better view on Leelanau Peninsula than the one from the Suttons Bay Ciders tasting room. Especially amidst the full splendor of northern Michigan fall color, simply walking through the door of Suttons Bay Ciders or spending a few moments on the deck is enough to make a visit worthwhile. Luckily, the view is even better when paired with pint from one of the most interesting and unique cider tap lists in the area. Options include the Mosaic, a hoppy treat that tastes like a cross between a hard cider and an IPA; or Sidra-LaPeño, a Spanish-style cider that packs a legitimate kick thanks to an infusion of jalapeño and habenero peppers. Our favorite might be the Barrel Rider, a dry still cider aged in oak barrels from Traverse City Whiskey Co. The combination of the apples and the flavors from the oak and liquor (which include bourbon, vanilla, and caramel) makes the Barrel Rider a perfect cider for a chilly fall day. Try a pint for $7 (with $6 refills!), or sample the entire eight-cider tap list with an $11 tasting flight. Find Suttons Bay Ciders at 10530 E. Hilltop Rd. (231) 271-6000, www.suttonsbayciders.com

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