Most cider drinkers who are cider drinkers because they don’t want to drink beer usually give little chance to hopped ciders. That's too bad for them, because Rhinegeist's take on the style is a knockout on any level. Unlike beer, where boiled hops become resinous and bitter, this cider exhibits all of the floral and aromatic traits that the plant has to offer, rounding out the sweetness so that a nice tart finish remains.
Millstone is starting to become well known for its wide range of high-end ciders, and is a leader in putting America back on the upscale cider-production map. Millstone, its entry-level bone-dry cider, is a perfect example of why. There's no question about it: with 0% residual sugar and zero carbonation, this cider is incredibly tart, drinking more like a white wine than sugary fermented apple juice. And just like wine, it’s also aged in oak barrels. You might as well go ahead and swap out the sauvignon blanc for this at your next summer dinner party.