In colonial times, hard cider was the most popular drink in America, and we soon may see a revival. Many align craft cider with craft beer, since they’re served in similar packaging, both have bubbles, and often sit next to one another on store shelves. However, cider is more closely aligned with wine, and the terrior of hard cider is just as important.
Making cider is very much like making wine. It depends on terroir, the term wine makers use to describe the soil, weather conditions, farming practices and winemaking style that give each wine its own unique personality. Often loosely translated from the French as “a sense of place,” terroir makes a wine what it is. The same can be said for cider-making.
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