There are over 1500 breweries, 6000 wineries, and more than 100 micro distilleries in the US. What more could anyone ask for in the land that practically rains down alcohol in the streets?
How about some hard cider?
During the time that our founding fathers were setting up shop here in these great states, President John Adams was known to claim that cider (before the distinction of hard and sweet) made for “an exceptional breakfast drink”. As it was between 3-6% abv at the time, it made for an ideal family beverage and, oftentimes, replaced water. As the German settlers began to immigrate over, beer quickly became the reigning popular drink. Post prohibition, cider struggled to retake its foothold in American drinking culture.
Until now, that is.
There is a long standing joke amongst the cider makers of this country (especially those living in the western states): Johnny Appleseed, long known for planting apple trees wherever he went, was not doing so for pioneers to have something to eat. Oh no, my friends. He was doing it so that those same pioneers could have something to drink.
In recent times the “demi-cidery” (small craft cider maker) has been blossoming like so many apples for the picking season. Demi-Cideries, such as Crispin, are quickly gaining a cult following with their unique take cider by using unorthodox yeast strains from beer in their hard ciders. It is within this creative spark, that I can see a long history restarting for the cider makers of America. No longer will we be confined to the traditional beverage that Appleseed or Adams might have had.
It is a short future away that we will see the flood of cider wash through our lands. And, just as the forbidden fruit was an apple, the drink that might get us back into Eden will surely be made from that same fruit that had us cast from paradise.
Will hard cider become the newest craft beverage to take the market by storm? That’s the rumor…