Starcut Ciders, brought to you by Short’s Brewing Company, was founded in 2014 and born out of a desire to make unique ciders from the orchards that surround us in Michigan. Made from apples sourced from our own backyard and throughout the state, we make cider not only because we love it, but because we have a strong desire to make a beverage we believe in. We exist to create modern ciders for the people on planet earth and beyond.

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We craft our ciders from apples grown by Michigan farmers, including local farmers whose orchards are close to our home in Antrim county. We use apples from the trees that we see on a daily basis at home and at orchards throughout our state. We transform and capture the local beauty of Michigan orchards into a form we can share with our friends.


We see the world through crafty eyes. What may look like just an apple orchard to some, is the catalyst to endless amounts of flavors, images, names and good times to us. We have just begun what promises to be a very exciting cider making adventure.


We are encouraging our local farmers to grow an enormous range of apples to use in our ciders. Our aim is to create ciders that will reflect the complexity and variety of our local orchards, and promote Northern Michigan as a cider destination.

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Our Ciders

Pulsar is a Dry Cider fermented with Michigan apples and Pinot Noir yeast.

Octorock is a Hard Cider fermented with Michigan apples.

*Now Available* Mosa is a crisp, refreshing blend of Hard Cider made from Michigan apples and sweet orange juice.

Bucket is a Semi-Dry Fruit Cider fermented with black currants and aged on oak chips.

Squishy is a semi-sweet Fruit Cider fermented with Michigan apples, Northern Michigan Balaton and Montmorency tart cherries, and English Cider yeast.

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Exciting Starcut Cider related news


Brunch just got a whole lot better!

Brunch just got a whole lot better!

This fall we welcome a new cider to our rotation, Mosa! It’s perfect for brunchin’ on the weekends or sipping while you reminisce about warmer days. Let’s be honest though, when isn’t the perfect time for a cider mimosa in…

Erraticus 20 is here & we think it’s the pear-y perfect drink for fall!

Erraticus 20 is here & we think it’s the pear-y perfect drink for fall!

Arriving just in time to celebrate the crisp fall days is Erraticus 20! This Wild Perry is made by fermenting local Gorham pears and aging the juice in a mix of oak and wine barrels. Erraticus 20 is slightly sweeter…

Erraticus 19 is a Nicie inspired masterpiece!

Erraticus 19 is a Nicie inspired masterpiece!

Erraticus 19 has officially dropped and it’s definitely hit the mark! Inspired by a cult classic brew from Short’s Brewing Company called Nicie, we conditioned this wild cider on fresh orange zest, coriander and peppercorns for a spicy kick to round out…

Brew up some Erraticus 18

Brew up some Erraticus 18

The perfect blend of wild fermented cider and Madcap Coffee. Erraticus 18 is just as delicious enjoyed on a Northern Michigan beach at sunset as it is meandering the lush hills of Kanzu, Rwanda. Pick one up at the Pub or Short’s…

It’s Immortal Jelly Time

It’s Immortal Jelly Time

Northern Michigan is finally starting to thaw, and what better way to celebrate than with a berry filled concoction perfect for spring! Making its third appearance on the Starcut seasonal rotation, this cider is more than a little brother Short’s…

Find vacation vibes with Erraticus 17

Find vacation vibes with Erraticus 17

Spring is nearly here, and even if you’re not able to take a spring break to a tropical destination we wanted to share this latest Wild Cider to inspire those vacation vibes. Made with local Jonathon apples, we blended them…

Where we source our apples

Our Farmers

Boals Orchards

Boals Orchards is a second generation farm located in Kewadin, MI. Originally a dairy farm started in 1945, the Boals family has been farming this land for the past 69 years. Ron Boals purchased the farm from his parents and transitioned from raising beef cattle and cherries to apples. The Boals family now grows seven different varieties of delicious apples.

Altonen Orchards

Altonen Orchards boasts a huge variety of Northern Michigan produce grown just outside of both Elk Rapids and Eastport, MI. As a third generation farm they now raise asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, sweet corn, a variety of other vegetables, and 20 + varieties of apples. Brian Altonen, his brother Jason, and his father John keep busy throughout the year in the orchard and running the fruit press for cider.

King Orchards

King Orchards is a first generation orchard and farm with their roots in Central Lake, MI. Pioneered by Jim and John King, this is a family owned and operated farm (pictured right, Jack and Courtney King). Multiple orchards and two farm market locations offer u-pick opportunities for a variety of fruit including cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, apples, and many berries. 

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