It is believed that along the Nile River Delta apple trees grew as early as 1300 BC. However, there is no prove that ciders were brewed in any form until 55 BC in England when the Romans arrived. According to historians during those years, Kentish locals drank a beverage made from apples, which could have been cider. This was a drink embraced by the Romans and it is not known how long prior to that the locals have been making this drink. During the early ninth century, cider drinking was all over Europe and after the 1066 Norman Conquest, England embraced cider drinking and orchards sprang up with the main aim to produce apples for cider brewing.

In medieval times cider brewing was a huge industry with monasteries selling it to the public with even farm workers receiving cider as part of wage. In England, it peaked during the middle seventeenth century with most of the English farms having presses and apple orchards. Even though it went into decline later it rose again in the twentieth century, but mass produced cider took over and only recently has traditional cider making rose again with force.

Looking at apple cider from American perspective, you have a different tale. Apples for cider were brought in through seeds via English settlers during the colonial period. Apple orchards were easy to grow and the abundance of apples made hard cider one of the country’s most popular drinks during the eighteenth century. The fast fermentation of German beer on the other hand during that time made the production of apple cider less popular and the cider market dropped. However, the microbreweries around the country today has made everyone see a turned tide with the major resurgence of apple cider in Europe and America.