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Book Review: American Cider: A Modern Guide To A Historic Beverage

In a country rife with craft beer, wine, and bourbon makers, cider’s place in American lore may not pique as great an interest to most readers. However, for centuries it has quietly stood amidst the noise of other boisterous spirit giants as a humble American beverage. As journalist Craig Cavallo and cider expert Dan Pucci argue in American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage, its history as the nation’s oldest beverage is incredibly rich and compelling.

American Cider provides the reader with a packed narrative covering not only the historical and geographical narratives of cider’s centuries-long journey but delves into its place in the social and political histories of a young country just starting to define itself. Along the way, Pucci and Cavallo write with conviction and enthusiasm about cider makers and orchardists across the country: from seasoned veterans and newcomers, all of whom are dedicated to agricultural sustainability, championing diversity, saving heirloom varietals, and producing innovative recipes.

Although there are suggestions and a generous amount of description on various ciders across the nation, this is not a beginner’s guide on how to drink cider, nor does it rate or critique ciders on their merits. American Cider is an accessible, impeccably researched guide to starting a cider journey with lighthearted, thrilling stories keeping things on the enjoyable and on the lighter side. Much to their credit, Pucci and Cavallo succeed in their original intent to frame cider as a sophisticated beverage whose renaissance in American drinking culture is long overdue.

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Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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