Chicago's cider scene is an exciting mashup, with traditions stemming from a long heritage of apple farming in Michigan and new energy and influence from Chicago's impressive and inventive craft beer movement. Apple varieties like the Jonathan, Ida Red, and Northern Spy make up this region's distinct cider profile. But adventurous cidermakers are quick to supplement their creations with everything from roasted pecans to Atomic Fireballs.
The Chicago Cider Summit, hot on the heels of this year's annual gathering of cider producers, was the first real opportunity for Chicagoans to savor a wide landscape of ciders from both America and abroad. Check out the slideshow for our 10 favorites from among the dozens of ciders featured at the event.