Hard ciders—specifically American made ones—have been experiencing something of a liquid-Renaissance in San Francisco over the past few years. There’s even a Cider Summit festival this weekend that will feature over 120 ciders, including regional favorites and international classics. The second annual Bay Area event takes place on Saturday, April 25 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Civil War Parade Ground in the Presidio, adjacent to the Main Post.
Two exciting cider events sandwich the summit. First up is “Meet The Cider Maker” on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barrel Head Brewhouse in San Francisco. You can indulge in an evening of cider tastings, food pairings and a chance to talk with the makers themselves from Sonoma Cider, Devoto Orchards Cider, Santa Cruz Cider, Tilted Shed Ciderworks, Golden State Cider and Two Rivers Cider Company.
On the heels of the hautely-anticipated summit, Stones Throw restaurant in Russian Hill is continuing the celebration with a creative and robust beverage program, welcoming Finnriver Farm Cidery on Sunday, April 26. Executive Chef Jason Halverson has developed a five course prix-fixe menu full of spring’s best ingredients and flavors, specially created to pair perfectly with the exceptional ciders that hail from this Washington farm.
Clearly, cider is having more than its moment. In honor of the fest, we’ve rounded up a list of the top five places to enjoy cider in San Francisco every day.