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During Colonial times apple cider was the drink of choice. Not native to the Americas, the settlers brought over apple seeds from Europe and begin planting apple trees throughout the colonies. The presses that they used were probably not far different from the Apple Cider Press that is available today. Since they could not trust the water due to contamination, the settlers enjoyed apple cider as their main drink. It is said that John Adams, the United States’ second president enjoyed his cider with breakfast. And cider in this passage is referring to¬†“hard cider” or fermented cider. In England, where cider is of great popularity, freshly pressing apples produce “juice” whereas we call it “cider”. In the United States, we have to specify which type of cider we’re talking about, either regular cider (juice) or hard cider (fermented). As settlers moved west the apple trees and cider consumption moved with them (remember the story of Johnny Appleseed?), this is until they ran into the high plains of the Rocky Mountains. It became more difficult to plant apple trees and produce cider, around the same time period was the introduction of German beer to the United States. This was the beginning of the end for apple cider as America’s beverage. The nail in the coffin was Prohibition, as the production and consumption of all alcoholic beverages diminished. Apple Cider never recovered. We have seen some gain in popularity in the last decade or two with the rise in handcrafted breweries, or micro breweries throughout the United States.

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