Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The 8 Best Canned Ciders to Try This Year

In the end, everything is canned, and hard cider is very much part of the aluminum surge. As far as other drinks are concerned, that includes the whole gamut, from seltzer and cocktails to spritzers and Pinot Gris. Sure, many ciders are still bottled in glass and contain complexities that even the most discerning wine enthusiast would enjoy. More and more, however, are being presented in crushable can form, much to the benefit of both the environment and the nomadic imbiber who likes to pack along some fermented apple juice.

They said there’s little more that’s American than apple pie. Well, amid this golden age of drinks culture, one could argue that the same could be said of cider. From Washington to New York, there are numerous orchards manufacturing scores of varieties that filter into delicious batches of approved canned cider. And while there’s a myriad of great homegrown cider, there are some outstanding canned takes coming in as well, from cider-crazed countries like Canada, Spain, and France.

Here are some of the best canned cider options you can sip on this year.

Related Guides

2 Towns Made in Marion

2 Towns Made in Marion
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Set in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Oregon 2 Towns is among the state’s top cider houses. This berry-infused cider is particularly Oregonian, made with resident Marionberries (invented down the street at Oregon State University). It’s a dazzling lavender hue and offers brambly notes along with a nice punch of fresh apple.

Cider of Spain Pretty Dry Perry

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Looking for a pear cider? A Spanish cider made in the tradition of Asturias in the northwest of the country, this cider is one of the most balanced and refreshing out there. Made of pear, it’s dry, with crisp fruit notes, lovely effervescence, and a kiss of funk. Oh, and the Pretty Dry Perry can is a model citizen from a design standpoint.

Brooklyn Cider House Raw

Image used with permission by copyright holder

This cider from New York is Basque-inspired, showing glowing brightness and electric green apple notes. Wild fermented and aged on the lees, it shows a touch of earthiness and boasts nice structure. It’s available in can and bottle form.

Golden State Brut 

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Based in Sebastapol, Golden State Cider is doing good work in the canned sector. The brut is made with Champagne yeast and unfiltered, offering lovely texture and focused flavors. It’s the Muscadet of cider, perfect with oysters. For something a little different, check out the label’s tasty Local Harvest Series.

Son of Man Sagardo

Son of Man Sagardo
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Headquartered in the Columbia River Gorge, Son of Man is also aboard the Spanish-style cider train. The Sagardo shows a touch of herbs along with citrus, melon, and a bit of brine. It’s so dry, drinkable, and food-friendly, you’ll be cracking cans all afternoon and evening. The tasty batch just adopted a canned version of its flagship offering.

Yonder Semi Sweet

Image used with permission by copyright holder

This Washington outfit is still in the process of launching, but it is the byproduct of a seasoned team working with some of the best apples on the west coast. While dry ciders tend to show the most character, this semi-sweet take finds a glorious balance between fruit and sugar. Made of a handful of varieties, the cider is unctuous and built around prominent stone fruit flavors.

Lonetree Authentic Dry Apple

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Lonetree is based in Vancouver, B.C., and makes cider from apples grown all over the province, including the Okanagan Valley. The outfit’s Authentic Dry Apple Cider is incredibly inviting and pleasant on the palate. Fans of lagers and pilsners will transition seamlessly to the approachability of this well-made cider.

Blake’s Beard Bender

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Set in Michigan, Blake’s makes a wide variety of canned cider options. The Beard Bender is barrel-aged and quite session-like in its lightness. Despite the smoothness that comes from time on oak, there’s still a tasty smack of tartness. As the outfit suggests, enjoy it on its own or with a bit of bourbon.

Editors' Recommendations

Mark Stock
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since…
Theses are the 9 best whiskies under $25 to enjoy in 2023
You can get some quality whiskey without breaking the bank. Here are the brands to look out for and stock your home bar with.
whiskey shot cheers

Whisky is a galaxy full of delicious landing spits and still undiscovered frontiers. Sure, you can shell out an arm and a leg for the stuff, especially if you're a collector or hunting for a rare release. But there's much to enjoy on the bottom shelf too, in the sub-$25 per bottle department.

The best budget whiskey brands are attractive not only because they don't put a huge dent in our bank accounts, but they cover the entire spectrum of the stuff. Turns out, you can get some decent rye, bourbon, Canadian whisky, and more for $25 or less. These are excellent options for home consumption and do well enough to be enjoyed both neat or in something like a Manhattan.

Read more
The best non-alcoholic drinks to get you through Dry January
All of the flavor, none of the booze. These are the best non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy throughout January.
Flower Power Mocktail
Read more
New Year’s Eve deserves these pours, some of the best drinks of the year
Need a fine drink for NYE? Look for something from this esteemed list
Grasshopper 2.0 cocktail.

Another year is coming to a close and that's cause for celebration. In a lot of ways, 2022 was a step in the right direction, as we re-embraced a lot of those things we perhaps took for granted pre-pandemic. Regardless, we've made another trip around the sun and our glasses should both be full and raised.

Maybe you're toasting a great year, perhaps just good company. Or, you're getting the last little bit of thirst out of your system before a Dry January. Whatever you're celebrating, you won't be alone. And if we're all saluting 2022, let's do so in style with drinks that match the magnitude of the occasion.

Read more