Dressler Estate

Cider

One of our biggest passions is working with local orchards. Using all local apples, we take a winemaker’s approach to making cider, focusing on allowing the fruit to shine. Our flagship ciders feature fruit from Lancaster County. Additionally, we also help manage a private orchard site right near our home and cidery in Downingtown!

Learn more about our ciders below and then head to our cider shop to get our ciders from our house to yours!

Flagships: Available year round.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Modern Still cider with a filled glass, apple and bottle opener on a table.

Modern Still – 7.3% ABV

Completely still and bone dry. Fruit forward with bright acidity. Pairs well with washed-rind cheeses, seafood or spicy dishes. Produced from apples sourced from Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Lancaster County, PA.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Modern Sparkling cider with a filled glass on a ledge in a barn.

Modern Sparkling – 7.3% ABV

Natural effervescence created through bottle conditioning. Earthy with a slight haze. Pairs well with aged cheeses, brunch dishes and is a great celebratory drink! Produced from apples sourced from Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Lancaster County, PA. Won 3rd place in the 2020 PA Farm Show Modern Dry category.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's King in Arms cider with a filled glass on the arm of an Adirondack chair.

King in Arms – 7.3% ABV

Aged on toasted French oak chips and lightly carbonated. Notes of cedar, maple and vanilla. Pairs well with soft or semi-soft cheeses and fatty meats. Produced from apples sourced from Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Lancaster County, PA. Won 2nd place in the 2020 PA Farm Show Wood Aged category.

Seasonal: Available once a year or on a limited basis.

Origin Manor, annual vintage – 7.9% ABV

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Origin Manor cider with a filled glass, apple and folded map of Pennsylvania on a barn floor.

This is a cider we’re extremely proud to make. It is sourced entirely from a beautiful hilltop orchard just outside of Downingtown Borough. All the apples are grown and picked by us each harvest season making a unique annual vintage. This heritage cider ties acidity and tannins together to represent the land and is made from a blend of varieties including Dabinett, Gold Rush, Golden Russet, Harrison, and more. Enjoy a richness of aromas that bring you the experience of fall in a glass.

Origin Highfield, annual vintage – 7.6% ABV

Our 2020 vintage is rich on the palate thanks to high tannin varieties, Dabinett and Winchester, grown in north-central Adams County. Both source orchards (Crooked Wood Fruit Farm & Rex Farms Orchards) are very near to South Mountain, which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Taste profile starts with tart green apple notes, fading into a warm cooked apple, finishing with a faint burst of tangerine, and dry, crisp notes of harvest straw. Zero sugar, light to moderate carbonation, vibrant gold in color. Make sure to look closely at the label background where we’ve included a subtle topographical map of the area where the apples were grown!

Rain Watcher, annual vintage – 7.5% ABV

A filled glass of cider with 500 and 750 mL bottles of Dressler Estate's Rain Watcher.

We often like to sit on our front porch to smoke a cigar while watching storms roll in. From our front porch, they tend to come from the direction of an orchard five miles west of us where these apples are harvested. Rain Watcher felt like a fitting title as this cider was made during this trying season in our world. The storms may be violent and terrifying but they always bring rain which makes our apples, food, and all of us thrive.

We naturally carbonate this tannic blend (roughly 50% Gold Rush/Liberty/Winesap with the balance made up of Golden Russet, Smith’s Cider, Pomme Gris, Kingston Black, Harrison, Newtown Pippin, Adams Pearmain, Roxbury Russet, Razor Russet, and Porter’s Perfection) through a classic secondary fermentation in-bottle, just like our Modern Sparkling. The tannins bring a lovely structure and nuance that blossomed after the first few months in the bottle. This special release will be available in both 500 and 750 mL bottles.

Sometimes when it storms, the only thing to do is watch the rain.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Outpost cider with a filled glass and a flannel blanket on the arm of an Adirondack chair.

Outpost – 10% ABV
Currently unavailable.

New England style cider characterized by the addition of brown sugar pre-fermentation. Barrel-aged for up to 10 months creating notes of molasses, toffee, butterscotch, treacle and baked apple yielding to a pleasant warmth.

Dolores – 8.1% ABV
Currently unavailable.

A 4-pack of Dolores cans sitting on top of a granite stone with grass and trees in the background.

Dolores McCoy Dressler did a lot in 91 years. WWII aircraft factory worker in Philadelphia after graduating high school. Model. Schoolteacher. A career in a pharmaceutical lab. Solo pilot license just because she loved to fly. Somehow, this doesn’t truly sum her up.

While ‘Dolores’ means ‘sorrows’ in Latin, her personality was the opposite, bursting with joy and energy. She had nothing but happiness and good things to say in any hardship. She had love and care for everyone she met.

This cider with its tart-lemon profile was created with Philly Sour yeast developed by USciences right in Philly. Just like Dolores’ personality, it took the tartness of lemons and turned it into a true joy to experience. This cider is refreshing, fun, and vibrant.

Dolores is part of our story, as Brian’s grandmother. Featuring her own handwriting, this cider is a tribute to a special Philadelphia woman and the amazing life she lived.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Golden Rose cider with a filled glass on a railing with blurred trees in the background.

Golden Rosé – 7.4% ABV
Currently unavailable.

Co-fermented using one pound of fresh strawberries per gallon of our Lancaster-grown apple cider. Ripe strawberry aroma with delicate sweetness.

Wild Series – ABV varies
Currently unavailable.

A 500 mL bottle of Dressler Estate's Wild Smokehouse cider being poured by a man into a glass.

Mixed-culture fermentation, inspired by Sidra (cider) from Spain. Produced from a single variety each time, the ciders in this series have intriguing complexities from start to finish. The first entry in the series, Wild Jonagold, honored us with a blue ribbon in the sour category at the 2020 PA Farm Show. Varieties featured: Jonagold, Smokehouse and Summer Rambo.

What’s next

Experimentation was key to our beginnings and remains a priority as we seek to create new goods you can’t find elsewhere. We’re always working with regional farms and orchards to create custom blends. Stay connected for news on our new products.