Growing up in a small suburb of Detroit, I remember going to the store with my dad in the summer to get supplies for barbecue outside for dinner.

That usually included a few cold beers for dad and my uncle. I remember Red, White & Blue; Goebel; Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) and even grocer Kroger's had a generic brew.

Woodchuck Hard Cider
Woodchuck Hard Cider

It was pretty simple before domestic brews like Stroh's Beer brewed in Detroit were the working man's beer.

For special occasions? That required more upper-crust beer from Canada!

The basic wheat and barley beers have competition with the boom of multi-flavored brews to attract a larger group of people.

Now, the lines are blurred with the explosion of micro breweries all over the United States and more so here in greater Grand Rapids, a.k.a. Beer City USA.

Since its inception in a Vermont two-car garage in 1991, Woodchuck Hard Cider has focused on crafting quality cider. Quality cider begins with the best ingredients, and Michigan is known for growing some of the finest apples in the U.S.

Woodchuck Hard Cider's Local Nectar is made with a mix of red delicious and golden delicious apples, sourced from orchards in Northern Michigan, according to the company. It has a light and crisp semi-dry flavor, and represents a pure reflection of the fantastic apple crop Michigan is known for. The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 6.9 percent, and the suggested retail price for a six-pack is $11.99.

Local Nectar becomes available year-round in limited quantities in Michigan beginning this month.

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