Our Presidents Loved Hard Cider, And You Will Too!
As we head into the long weekend, we can’t help but think of America’s founding fathers, and their love for hard cider. As some of the first crops grown in colonial America, apple orchards were a way that settlers could stay hydrated without risking sickness from potentially unsafe drinking water. By the mid-1700s, the average American was drinking 35 gallons of hard cider a year. Men, women, and children would even drink it for breakfast. Just imagine that!
Presidents and Cider
While America grew, so did the popularity of hard cider. George Washington, even served up hard cider to his constituents during his first successful campaign bid to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758. And William Henry Harrison was well-known for his hard cider affinity. One newspaper during the campaign and election of 1840 said about Harrison, “Give him a barrel of hard cider and settle a pension of two thousand a year on him, and take my word for it, he will sit the remainder of his days in his log cabin.”
Celebrating, the American Way
As hard cider makes its long-awaited comeback to the American drink of choice, take part in the revolution and enjoy your own bottle of locally-sourced hard cider today and this Presidents’ Day Weekend! Mountain West Cider is your Utah-based source for delicious and refreshing hard cider that you can enjoy just about anywhere. With friends, with your loves, or perhaps even just sitting by your window thinking about the American past … Ok, maybe just those first two options!
So cheers to you and all of our cider fans!