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Hard cider, in all its forms, is a delicious alternative to beer and wine; and Hugh has a rundown of choices for you.

Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60

Quality key: * = decent wine ** = very good wine *** = superb wine ****= elite

VALUE = exceptional quality for the money

Jack's Sweet Bourbon Cider **1/2 $

(Made with old Bourbon barrels)

Jack's Dry Hopped Cider **1/2 $

(Hoppy bitterness to go with sweeter apple flavors)

Artifact "Feels Like Home" Cider *** $ CIDER OF THE WEEK

(Classy cider, very fruit forward good balance)

Artifact "Lost Light" Cider **1/2 $

(Cider equivalent of a "session beer", light and fruity)

Graft Cider's Farm Flor ** $

(Super tart with full fruit, but a bit of funkiness)

All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.