America’s first apple trees are planted in New England by William Blackstone, a British settler and quite the eccentric. Legend has it that he once saddle-trained a bull.
Founding Father John Adams commences his term in the White House, gracing it with his policy of enjoying a tankard of hard cider daily.
William Henry Harrison offers supporters of his campaign free cider. He wins in a landslide. Coincidentally, landslides can be prevented by planting trees (like apple trees) along a hillside.
With cider already struggling from the winter of 1918, Prohibition is passed. Radical members of the Temperance Movement sought to destroy all alcohol production. The burning of entire apple orchards made cider particularly vulnerable. When Prohibition is repealed 13 years later, cider is its largest casualty.
What is hard cider?
Hard cider is a strong, sturdy but not-too-sweet fermented alcoholic beverage built from the juice of apples. It’s not actually hard, as that would be impossible to drink.
Is it Gluten-Free?
Yes, it is made from apples, and not from wheat or barley, so it is naturally gluten-free. With Smith & Forge Hard Cider, those with a sensitivity to gluten may instead concentrate on fending off other health threats, like being trampled by their oxen. We are certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. They really don’t see eye to eye with gluten.
Cans impede the onset of oxygen, so the cider stays fresher, longer. Cans also become colder more expeditiously. And cans are allowed in some places where bottles are not, like on a zeppelin ride.
What is its ABV?
Where can I find it?
Here is a map of your nearest watering holes and apothecaries.
How is it sold?
In 12- and 16-oz. cans. Your biceps will express their gratitude.
Can I feed it to my canary?
No, you may not feed alcohol to animals. You may need that canary to monitor air quality in the mine shaft.