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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Our Ciders


Dry Cider fermented with Michigan apples and Pinot Noir yeast.


Hard Cider fermented with Michigan apples.


Semi-sweet Fruit Cider fermented with Michigan apples, Northern Michigan Balaton and Montmorency tart cherries, and English Cider yeast.


Guava Hard Cider.


At Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan

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Wild cider series


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.

Exciting Starcut Cider related news


Short’s Brewing Co brands announce distribution expansion into five states

Elk Rapids, Mich. – ​Short’s Brewing Co, along with sister brands Starcut Ciders and Beaches Hard Seltzer are taking their bevrolution on the road and are now available in five…

Starcut Ciders announce distribution expansion into New Jersey

Elk Rapids, Mich. – ​Starcut Ciders, a division of Short’s Brewing Company, is arriving on New Jersey store shelves this week. Distributed by ​Cape Beverage Distributing​ out of ​New Jersey​,…

Starcut Ciders & Beaches Hard Seltzer announce distribution expansion into Tennessee

Elk Rapids, Mich. – Starcut Ciders and Beaches Hard Seltzer, two separate divisions of Short’s Brewing Company, are now available in Tennessee for purchase. Distributed by Tennessee Craft Distributors (TCD)…

Short’s Brewing Co, Starcut Ciders, and Beaches Hard Seltzer announce distribution expansion into New York City & Long Island

Short’s Brewing Co along with Starcut Ciders, and Beaches Hard Seltzer, is now available in New York City and Long Island for purchase. Distributed by S.K.I Beer Distributors, based out…

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Introducing #StarcutCider variety packs with our brand new cider, Magpie! Magpie (4.3% ABV) is a hard cider made with Michigan apples and cinnamon. Aromas of cinnamon and baked apples are…

Erraticus 21

Erraticus 21

Our Erraticus series returns with a new look and a new berry! Erraticus 21 (6.7% ABV – 5 TA ) is a red wine barrel-aged Wild Cider made with Rhode…

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. 

Northern Michigan