San Luis Obispo’s Cider Trail

Known for its thriving wine country, San Luis Obispo most recently made its mark on California’s craft beer scene with features in the San Francisco Chronicle, Draft Magazine, Thrillist and more. With the rise in San Luis Obispo breweries, quite a few local cideries are popping up throughout San Luis Obispo County, too.

For those who haven’t hopped onto the cider train, I would encourage you to give it a try. Contrary to popular belief, not all ciders are sweet and definitely do not all taste the same. Ciders have a wide range of flavors including, but not limited to, sweet, dry hopped, spiced, barrel-aged and even some incorporating other fruits.  

We’re lucky enough to have a great variety of cideries in San Luis Obispo so check out them out today! If you want the full cider tasting experience, purchase your tickets to the Hard Core Cider Tour, coming to San Luis Obispo on October 22.

Cideries to Visit in San Luis Obispo


BRISTOLS

3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero
Hours: Wednesday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Bristols offers a friendly, laid back atmosphere with board games, couches and fun-filled weekly events such as Curry Night on Thursdays, Cider Press Sandwiches on Fridays and Wood-Fired Pizzas on Saturdays…there’s something for everyone here!

Fun fact: You can also enjoy wine tasting on your visit since Bristols is a part of the Lone Madrone winery, too.

Current cider selections:

  • Antiquity
  • Bristols Original
  • Brigstock
  • Barti Ddu
  • Rackham-Anne Bonny
  • Skimmington
  • Black Bart
  • Black Beard

Bristol Tap Room

Bristol Hard Cider

TIN CITY CIDER CO

3005A Limestone Way, Paso Robles
Hours: Monday – Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Perfect for large groups, Tin City is a great spot to hang out and grab a cider flight (or two). If you’re looking to enjoy a game, grab a seat at the bar with multiple TVs throughout or enjoy their expansive communal tables both indoors and outdoors.

Fun fact: They’ve got a ping pong table, so after your cider flight, challenge your friends to a game.

Current cider selections:

  • Original Dry Hopped
  • Goldie
  • Cadus Vol. 2
  • Original Saison
  • Bocce Club Saison
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Templetucky Vol. 2
  • Main Squeeze

Tint City Cider Co Hard Cider Flight

Tint City Cider Co

BARRELHOUSE BREWING CO

1033 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. & Monday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Although primarily known as a brewery, BarrelHouse Brewing Co produces a unique mashup of cider and beer called the Snakebite. Although their main brewery is located in Paso Robles, their secondary location in Downtown San Luis Obispo is a must-see, where they have created an underground speakeasy.

Fun fact: The tasting room is located under a fully-functional barber shop in case you’re in need of a fresh cut and brew. 

Current cider selection: Snakebite

Photo from BarrelHouse Brewing Co’s Instagram.

BarrelHouse Brewing Cider

KELSEY SEE CANYON

1947 See Canyon Rd, San Luis Obispo
Hours: Daily from 11: 00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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Kelsey See Canyon is mainly known as a winery but also produces a delicious cider. Nestled between beautiful apple orchards and Avila Valley, this tasting room is a relaxing getaway worth a visit next time you’re in San Luis Obispo.

Fun fact: Enjoy live music every Saturday and Sunday throughout October!

Current cider selection: Scrumpy

Photo from Kelsey See Canyon’s Facebook

Kelsey See Canyon Cider

Ciders to Buy in San Luis Obispo


SEE CANYON HARD CIDER

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See Canyon Hard Cider started off unintentionally when the owners found themselves nurturing an abandoned apple farm back to health. Lucky for us, they decided to start creating one-of-a-kind ciders. Currently, See Canyon’s tasting room is undergoing renovations, but you can still buy their cider locally.

Fun fact: See Canyon Hard Cider also produces local wines under their Lemieux Family wine labels.

Current cider selections:

  • Classic
  • Boneyard
  • Premium Dry
  • Triple Threat
  • Piney

See Canyon Hard Cider Bottles

REEF POINTS

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My personal favorite, Reef Points, is a great local cider with apples harvested in Paso Robles and Watsonville. As you can see from their labels, the brewers’ love for the ocean translates heavily into Reef Points’ brand and imagery. Head to their Reef Points website to discover a list of places to find their ciders in store or purchase them directly on their online store.

Fun fact: Reef Points shares their one-of-a-kind cider cocktail recipes on their blog– definitely worth trying.

Current cider selections:

  • King Neptune
  • Soundings
  • Dewbees
  • Fluid Work

Photo from Reef Points’ Facebook.

Reef Points Hard Cider

JEAN MARIE CIDERY

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Created by San Luis Obispo County natives Connor and Branden, Jean Marie Cidery has its ciders bottle-conditioned, giving them a unique flavor. If you’d like a tasting, you can set one up by emailing [email protected].

Fun fact: The name “Jean Marie” came from combining the founders’ mothers’ middle names.

Current cider selections:

  • Mama’s Boy
  • Training Wheels

Photo from Jean Marie Cidery’s Facebook.

Jean Maries Mama's Boy Hard Cider

MERAKI HARD CIDER

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Try Meraki’s Hard Cider selection by emailing [email protected] and ordering a cider growler of the Totem, Wild or both. They have some great tasting ciders that will be coming to stores soon!

Fun fact: Their name “Meraki” is a Greek word that is interpreted as leaving a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work.

Current cider selections:

  • Totem
  • Wild

Photo from Meraki’s Hard Cider’s Facebook.

Meraki Hard Cider

SCAR OF THE SEA

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Scar of the Sea prioritizes the quality of what’s in the bottle over anything else. The name originated from a misreading of some Old English writing that read “Star of the Sea.”

Fun fact: Their label artwork is heavily inspired by Herman Melville’s book Moby Dick.

Current cider selections:

  • 2014 Cider
  • Arkansas Black Cider
  • Hopped

Photo from Scar of the Sea’s Facebook and Instagram.

Scar of the Sea Apples

Scar of the Sea Hard Cider

Cidery Coming Soon to San Luis Obispo

TWO BROADS CIDERWORKS

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Keep an eye out for this cidery, coming soon to San Luis Obispo!

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