It seems to be an unknown fact amongst Americans that the original founding fathers were more cider drinkers than any other type of alcohol available.
The list of our founding fathers who were regular cider drinkers go from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and to the infamous cider drinker John Adams. The reason? There were apple orchards and cider mills strewn throughout the East Coast of the colonies for hundreds of years. Producing Cider from colonialization all the way through prohibition in the early 1920s.
It wasn't until prohibition that cider, as the national drink of America, took a backseat to corn and wheat-based alcohols.
For those of you who know your history, you'll remember the term urbanization. This episode in our nations history had great effect on apple orchards when farmers were economically being forced out of their homestead's and farms and being brought into the city. This had a destructive effect on majority of apple orchards, and in turn, on cider as a whole.
It has taken almost 100 years for cider to come back as a popular drink in America again. But this go around it has not just been for the every day workingman, but artisanal, craft drinkers alike.
That is why when we were able to present President Clinton with a special bottle of our Leprechaun Dry Cider in his office in New York City, the historical moment was so significant. Finally, after 100 years, a United States president once again would drink fresh hard cider from the land which he presided over. Just like the founding fathers had drunk before him, President Clinton now could join them in this sensual memory.
We are proud to be able to say we were able to start from humble beginnings as a young cider company to being able to offer and present our ciders to the former Commander In Chief of the United States.
May the tradition reignite and prosper again!
- leprechaun cider company