Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld noted the rising popularity of hard cider back in March, and Slate today joins in the positive chorus. But considering the beverage was a colonial American staple (along with beer), why did we stop drinking it? Though Brian Palmer writes that the cider decline began in the mid-nineteenth century, it was Prohibition that finally turned off the spigot. “Unlike barley farmers, who could adjust annual plantings fairly quickly to meet surging post-Prohibition demand, orchardists would have had to graft cider apples painstakingly onto an entire field of eating-apple trees or spend years starting a new orchard from seed,” he writes.
What Would John Adams Drink? [Slate]