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7 Alberta Cideries to Try Right Now

Uncommon Cider

Here are 7 Alberta Cideries to try right now.   Alberta’s cider industry continues to grow and at last count there are over 20 craft cider makers in our province.  Primarily made from fermented apples, you can find hard ciders (alcoholic), non-alcoholic ciders or sweet ciders. And they all come in a wide range of flavours and often include other fruits like pears or Prairie berries like haskaps or saskatoons.

  1. Uncommon Cider was Western Canada’s first urban cidery. Crafting cider since 2016, Uncommon uses 100 percent apple and fruit juices.  What makes them ‘uncommon’ is their ingenious creations.  Visit their taproom and try the Haskap Cider, made with Alberta’s super antioxidant berry.
  2. Tucked away in Calgary’s Franklin Industrial Park, is a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful taprooms in the city. Tim and Darlene Kitchen of SunnyCider have built a must-visit spot for cider lovers.  Try the Sea Buckthorn cider. It’s a collab with Balzac Brewing.
  3. Camrose’s True North Cider (TNC) is only a year old but already has an avid following. TNC specializes in small batch fermentation and unique seasonal flavours.  Visit their taproom on Fridays or Saturdays or visit their website for a list of retailers.
  4. Broken Spoke Cider was Edmonton’s first cidery and it produces premium hard ciders. Broken Spoke’s signature juice blend is the base for all it’s ciders. It’s a blend of 16 to 18 different apples.  We’ll be putting a six pack of the Rosé Cider in the fridge for the warmer weather.
  5. Lekker is South African slang for tasty or delicious and the owners of this Calgary cidery took the philosophy and ran with it. Lekker Cider Co. was started in 2018 by husband and wife team Brendan and Liz Kearns.  They produce dry-style ciders and use almost exclusively beer yeast to impart flavours that appeal to craft beer fans.
  6. Journey North Cider in Bonneyville, Alberta is an orchard based cidery, producing alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders sourced from locally grown and fermented apples. Visit their in-house taproom to taste their seasonal blends. And when the apples are in season, visitors can pick from a variety of apples and take them home.
  7. Core Values Cider in Canmore is a family owned cidery that specializes in small batch, wild fermented products. All their ciders are made from 100 percent BC apples. We can’t wait to try the Positive Currant cider, which is blended with Alberta currants for a tart, earthy flavour.  Look for their new taproom opening soon on Canmore’s Railway Ave.