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Where is the Best Cider in Adelaide?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published October 19th 2012
Cider has been around for a long time, but in recent year's it's had a real boom in popularity. Now you'll find it on tap at plenty of pubs around the city, and there are even some local cider brewers putting their stuff out on the market. So we want to find the best place to get cider in and around Adelaide; whether it's local, or imported, we just want the best place for an ice cold glass.

The Hotel Wright Street in the CBD has to be one of the best pubs for cider lovers. They don't have a beer-garden, they have a cider garden; it even has it's own apple tree. Their cider list is impressive, and features large bottles that you can share with friends (or keep all for yourself), and they have a long cider list featuring local, interstate, and international brews. Perhaps the most interesting cider drop comes in the form of their cider tales, cocktails all made with a different cider.

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Inside the Hotel Wright Street

A local cider that is getting a lot of attention comes from the Hills Cider Company. They do a pear and an apple cider; their pear won Best Pear Cider at the 2011 Australian Cider Awards, and got the silver award in 2012. Unfortunately there's no cellar door up in the Adelaide Hills where you can sip cider on a sunny day, but thankfully Hills Cider Company ciders are stocked all over Adelaide, so it's usually pretty easy to find it bottled or on tap.

If you do want the cellar door experience, drive a little bit further up to Kellermeister Wines in the Barossa. Their Boots Cider won Best in Show at the Adelaide Craft Beer & Cider Fest, and you can try it for yourself up at their cellar door. Of course if you'd like to enjoy it without the drive it's also stocked around Adelaide.

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A Bottle of Boots Cider

You can also enjoy a local cider at the Vale Inn Taphouse and Kitchen, thanks to the McLaren Vale Beer Company's joint venture with Chapel Hill Winery to brew Dr. Pilkington's Miracle Cider. It's an eye catching bottle with a mustachioed gent and claims that it will fix a whole manner of ills.

Apple or Pear, sweet or dry, we want the best place in Adelaide to enjoy a good cider. Let us know your favourite cider spots, and fill us in on all their best bits. Is there a pub with enough ciders to last you a lifetime? Or a local cellar door that flaunts their home-grown stuff?

If there's a real gem that we've missed make sure you tell us all about it in the comments.
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