While dogs and breweries may go together like peanut butter and jelly, cider deserves a bit more love. Whether you’re tired of barks and brews or you’re just trying to switch things up, check out these 5 dog-friendly Illinois cideries where they understand that pup’s the apple of your eye!
1. Eris Brewery and Cider House
Located in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago, Eris Brewery and Cider House has it all with beers and ciders for every taste. With an expansive, heated patio, this can be a spot for you and pup’s date night all year long (as long as the weather isn’t too crazy!). This writer’s a sucker for their Peach & Bong cider paired with a crispy chicken sando. Just make sure you call in beforehand to ensure that the patio’s open that day.
2. Right Bee Cider
Cider is definitely *in* right now, but why not check out the original? As the first cidery in Chicago, Right Bee definitely has some street cred. Rain or shine, you can’t go wrong with Right Bee since well-behaved pups are allowed indoors on leash. If you’re hungry, it’s a BYOF situation, but don’t forget to bring the dog snackies too!
3. Owl Creek Vineyards
Owl Creek Vineyards launched their Apple Knocker Hard Ciders in 2012, and you can taste the years of experience. All of their wines and ciders are produced and bottled on-site, so they have quality control on lock. Located on the Shawnee Wine Trail, pup’ll have plenty to see from their dog-friendly decks that back up to the woods, including maybe a winery cat or two!
4. Von Jakob Winery and Brewery
Can’t get enough of the Shawnee Wine Trail? Then the Von Jakob Winery and Brewery is a must-stop. While this spot may call themselves a winery and brewery, there are ciders on the menu too! With fun twists like black cherry or mango habanero, you’ll have plenty to try while hanging out on their dog-friendly patio.
5. The Northman Beer & Cider Garden
With a dog-friendly patio, beer, cider, the river, and the Chicago skyline, The Northman Beer and Cider Garden has everything you’ll need for a doggone great day out. And to make it *even better*, they offer a menu filled with sausages that pup’ll be begging for a bite of. They even regularly host fundraisers for animal rescues in the Chicagoland area! Four paws up! It’s a seasonal spot and is currently closed for the winter, but keep your eyes out for their 2022 kickoff in April.