the Cider Renaissance
From Colonial times and well into the 19th Century, hard cider was Americaâ€™s beverage of choice. Democratically refreshing and widely available, it graced the tables of humble and high-born alike.
All across the land, Americans were a nation of cider lovers.
But change came. With westward expansion into lands more suited to grain than orchards, half of the nationâ€™s taste began shifting to beer. The other half, meanwhile, embraced Temperance.
Eventually, the Drys prevailed, ushering Prohibition and thirst upon the land. Hard cider fell on hard times. Even with the end of the so-called Noble Experiment, fine cider would spent decades as a shadow of its former popularity.
Until 1985. In that year came the birth of Spire Mountain Cider, Americaâ€™s oldest operating craft cider maker.
A love affair is reborn.