Over the past few years, breweries of all shapes and sizes have found a home in the Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs area, slowly creating a craft beer haven in the middle of the Heartland. And while our beer scene is nothing to sneeze at, our region is also pretty well versed in the art of hard cider—especially since we’re home to a few spectacular apple orchards!
To help you track down the area’s best ciders, we created a roundup of our favorite spots. On this list, you’ll find orchards, vineyards, taprooms and neighborhood bars—all offering vast selections of light and delicious ciders. Read on and let us know which ones you’re excited to visit!
1746 N Street, Lincoln
Photo courtesy of Steve Andel via Saro Ciders
Inspired by the variety of ciders all over the world, Saro Cider crafts unique and wanderlust influenced ciders in their Lincoln cidery. You can find their creations in many bars and restaurants around the area or stop by their taproom on N Street where you can order food—including plenty of gluten-free and vegan options—along with one of their crisp ciders.
6205 Maple Street, Omaha
Nationally renowned Krug Park, nestled in the desirable Benson neighborhood, is one of Omaha’s greatest achievements. The bar has earned the title of one of Draft Magazine’s 100 best bars in America several years in a row and is known for its impressive draft beer selection, out-of-this-world Bloody Marys, and inventive cocktails. With only seven ciders on tap, Krug Park doesn’t offer the largest selection in Omaha, but each choice is delicious—whether it’s Pineapple Cider from Ace Cider or a creation from Glacial Till.
2835 South 17th Plaza, Omaha | 610 North 12th Street, Omaha | 10000 California Street, Omaha
The community atmosphere at Blatt Beer & Table is unlike anywhere else. Gather around a wooden table with friends or family and split an order of the bar’s famous buffalo chachos (potato chips, bacon, sriracha, buffalo, blue cheese and chives), mac and cheese bites, or Bavarian pretzel bites. Of course, no matter what you decide to eat, don’t forget to order a hard cider to go along with your meal! They have several selections on tap all year long—which you can enjoy on their quaint rooftop patio.
17 North Vine Street, Glenwood
Photo courtesy of Sacrilegious Ciderworks
Nestled in Glenwood, Iowa, Sacrilegious Ciderworks brings out the weird and interesting in cider, crafting unique flavors like Orange Dream and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. But if you only have time to try one of their ciders when you go, make it the Blueberry Pancake, a deliciously sweet cider that locals have been singing about since Sacrilegious opened their doors last year.
3010 G Road, Syracuse
Located in Syracuse, this celebrated winery features more than 11 acres of rolling countryside and gorgeous views. Inside their spacious tasting room, you can sip award-winning grape wines, fruit wines and ciders, and sample small plates and charcuterie boards. They also host a variety of fun, family-friendly events all throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendar to see what will be going on when you’re visiting!
1419 Silver Street, Ashland
Previously listed on our list of the top vineyards in the area, Glacial Till Vineyard is one of the best places around to sip a glass of wine and take in the Nebraska scenery. But they’re not just famous for their award-winning wines, they also craft delicious, crisp and light cider that is just as tasty. Try one of their extremely popular ciders at their cider house in Ashland.
19475 225th Street, Council Bluffs
Photo courtesy of Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
There is nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy apple in the fall—except for maybe sipping on a fresh glass of hard cider! Ditmars Orchard has been around since 1994 and is known for their beautifully maintained property and fun family activities. With nearly 20 apple varieties available, you’re sure to find your favorite fresh off the tree. But that’s not all, this year they’ve introduced hard cider, handcrafted with Ditmars’ apples right down the road at Vine Street Cellars. With several ciders available at a time, you’ll have plenty of flavors to choose from, including Black Raspberry Pie, Harvest Apple and even Grandma’s Butter Cookie.
2001 West Raymond Road, Raymond
Established in 1996, James Arthur Vineyards had been providing quality wines and ciders to the region for over 20 years. Nestled on over 400 acres of rolling hills and natural prairie grasslands just minutes north of Lincoln in Raymond, this picturesque vineyard and cidery is a perfect place to spend an afternoon! Enjoy the beautiful scenery and friendly service as you sip your selection in the tasting room. Don’t forget to check their calendar before you go to see what type of entertainment is waiting for you!
Where do you sip cider in Omaha, Lincoln or Council Bluffs?
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