Hunting for Hard Cider

Did you know that the renowned ship, The Mayflower, almost had to turn back midway across the ocean?

Halfway through the journey, the ship was caught in a storm and one of its beams cracked badly enough to warrant the consideration of turning back to England.

Fortunately, at least one of the passengers wanted to grow apples in the new world.

“The great iron screw”, taken from a cider press, helped brace the beam to keep the ship from breaking up and did it long enough to make it to the New World

This image gives an inkling of what that adventure might have looked like

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Just nine days after arriving, William Blackstone planted the first apple trees in New England.  Cider making flourished in the colonies and in the US, right up to prohibition.

Now, one might say it is making a comeback. Saveur says this

Not so long ago, it would have been difficult to gather … American-born ciders for a tasting (ranging) from bubbly and sweet to bittersweet and still, barrel-aged to bone dry. Now we have a wealth of options.

At least two noted producers are located in New York

I like the idea of the Aaron Burr CSA.. From their site

… we encourage you to sign up for our CSA, which occurs every Spring.  CSA members reserve cases of cider in advance and pick up their cider from the farm on 2 designated days during in the summer and fall.  During this time you can taste cider and tour the orchard and cidery.

What a nice idea! Andy Brennan, of the Aaron Burr Cidery also does wild apple scavenges.

Bravo!    This may be worth further investigation!


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