As much as I love to support local craft cideries, there are two reasons I often buy commercial cider in addition to craft cider.
Sweetness: I tend towards liking sweeter cider. Most of the craft cider I’ve tried tends towards dry, which is admittedly traditional for hard cider. Luckily there are a few good local craft cidery options for sweeter cider, such as Spire Mountain and Schilling, which both offer affordable craft cider in multi-packs.
Cost: Its a bit spendy to only buy craft cider. Even though I typically only drink on the weekends, and don’t drink an excessive amount, its difficult to always justify spending $6-$20 for a bottle of cider when I could get a four or six pack which will last me the entire weekend for $7-$10. However, I love sampling new ciders, so I typically buy a mix of craft & commercial, which appeases both my taste buds and my wallet. Its a treat to pick up something new to try! I’m curious what everyone else thinks on this topic: