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Urban Tree Cidery Opens on Atlanta’s Westside

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Somewhere between beer and wine is cider. And this GA family is keeping it local with Urban Tree Cidery.

Urban Tree Cider opened this past weekend on the Westside. It has been a four year journey for cider enthusiasts Tim and Maria Resuta from the time the husband and wife team had an inkling that they’d like to open a cidery to what is Urban Tree Cidery on Howell Mill Road on Atlanta’s westside.

Urban Tree Cidery is truly a family business with the entire Resuta family involved in the business. Tim Resuta is the Head Cidermaker and Orchard Manager. His wife, Maria Resuta is the CEO managing all financial and business operations. Jackie (Maria’s sister) is tasting room manager and event coordinator and all three of the Resuta children, ages 13 to 18 are involved in the cider business, whether that includes picking apples or crushing and pressing fresh juice.

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Urban Tree Cidery sources apples from Mountain City Orchard, on the Blue Ridge Divide

Urban Tree Cidery produces three distinct ciders:
1. Classic, a semi-sweet cider that is crisp and refreshing.
2. Original, semi-dry cider with subtle notes of apple sweetness.
3. Barrel-Aged, with hints of oaky vanilla aromas from the time it spent in rum barrels.

However, like most breweries, they are always experimenting and have room for seasonal specialties and one offs. We were able to try a Habanero Ginger cider that was a crowd favorite when I visited. Loved the spice on the tongue and hint of heat on the throat.

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Cider flight at Urban Tree Cidery

Urban Tree Cidery is fantastic choice for those that are looking for an alternative to beer. What I found interesting is that some ciders (like the Orginal semi-dry cider) taste more like a crisp white wine and some, like the Fugg’n Hopped, taste much like a beer. So, if you have a group of wine and beer lovers, this is a good middle ground.

Did you know? Cidery’s don’t have to follow the same utterly ridiculous rules that apply to breweries when it comes to tasting? Yep. That means no silly “tasting tickets” to buy. You can belly up to the bar and order whatever cider you’d like to try. Oh and they also serve craft beer and even cocktails at  Urban Tree Cidery too. And everything you’ll find behind the bar is Georgia made!

You can buy a draft of any cider (priced between $5 and $7). Or get a growler – $23 including the bottle or $18 for refills.

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Cider cocktail

The cidery’s tasting room hours are listed below. Nights they are not open are reserved for private events. The modern look with wood walls and concrete floors, along the with open space makes Urban Tree Cidery perfect for private events. There’s limited parking in the adjacent lot but there are several lots surrounding the site where guests can park.

Urban Tree Cidery Tasting Room Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday 5:30-9:00 PM
Saturday 12:00-4:00 PM
Sunday 1:00-5:00

Urban Tree Cidery Address:
1465 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta GA 30318

Disclosure: My cider samples were complimentary and part of a media tasting, but the opinions expressed are my own.