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MOUNT COBB -- For one week only, Ritter's Cider Mill in Mount Cobb is offering up pear cider.

However, if you didn't sign up for a jug ahead of time, you won't be able to get your hands on any this fall.

It's a tradition that's gotten sweeter over the years. Ritter's Cider Mill makes pear cider, but getting your hands on some is hard to come by.

Heather Krisovitch had to pick up apple cider instead.

"I was coming for the pear cider, but I'm not going to be able to get it," said Krisovitch.

That's because unless you ordered a jug ahead of time, you won't be able to get one just by simply walking in. Owners said over the last few years, they haven't been able to keep the sweet stuff on the shelves.

It was within the last two years owners realized the item was gaining some buzz.

"It's very popular. It didn't used to be, but all of a sudden pear cider is the thing to have, I guess," said Debra Ritter, owner.

Farmers say they use Bartlett pears to make the cider. Adding the pears are hard to come by, and they have to be at the exact ripeness before they can make cider.

Glenn Abello said he's never thought to try pear cider. Even though he won't get any this year, he is looking forward to signing up for a batch next year.

"It's an unusual item, so probably," said Glenn Abello, Clinton Township.

Those who ordered pear cider can begin to pick their jugs up at Ritter's Cider Mill.

Farmers said you can always call to see if they have any leftover after pick-ups are complete later this week.