I am one of those rare people that doesn’t like drinking pumpkin beers in the fall. For me, it’s all about the cider. If you’re in New England, it doesn’t get much better than Far From the Tree Cider in Salem, MA. This is the true definition of drinking local: local cider made with apples from local farms.
Other than beer fests, I had not had a cider from them but when we showed up, a half hour early because I don’t know how to check times, I was glad we did. From the second the doors opened, more and more people poured in and within a half hour of opening, there was not an empty space. Surrounded by spray painted walls and barrel seating everywhere, it’s a great place to come hang out with a group of friends. On warmer days, they have a front patio to relax in as well.
You think of cider and it’s hard to imagine many different variations, but Far From the Tree knocks it out of the park with their seven ciders on tap. Their driest cider, Roots, is where we kicked things off. Aged in Jim Beam barrels, this cider reminded me a little of champagne, I think because of the dryness. Scarecrow took that next step up where it was still dry but had an herby-like taste. Quasar was one of my favorites. Before even tasting it you could smell the hops. Smelled as if I was about to have a beer. This dry hopped cider was amazing!
Getting into the Halloween mood, Purple People Eater was definitely the most intriguing. This cider was the perfect balance of flavors: from the basil to the sweetness of the blueberries and the tartness of the cherries. It was fantastic! This cider was as good as the name. Cord was probably the sweetest as it was flavored with maple syrup. Follow that with Ember and you have some very interesting flavors. This smokey vanilla chai cider was unlike any cider I had ever had. Finally rounding it all out with dessert, Karamel which was flavored with salted caramel. The flavors work just like a candied apple.
So whether you’re heading down to Salem to enjoy some Halloween festivities like I did, or looking for a little road trip, definitely stop by Far From the Tree Cider. Like their sign says, why go apple picking when you can go apple drinking?
Far From The Tree Cider
108 Jackson St
Monday- Thursday 4p.m.-10p.m.