Burlington among area distilleries providing a growing taste for hard cider

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Staff | October 14, 2013

Hard cider, a drink that was on the menu for our Founding Fathers is making a comeback today, and cider makers around the state—including a winery in Burlington--are offering selections ranging from sweet and fruity to as dry as champagne, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story. 

The sales of hard cider have grown over 60 percent nationally in 2012 as interest picked up in the beverages, particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Charles McGonegal, co-owner of AEppelTreow Winery & Distillery in Burlington—located onsite of Brightonwoods Orchard--said his hard ciders feature a variety of local apples and follow a blend of new and old styles. His ciders include those flavored with other fruit juices like strawberry and raspberry, spices like nutmeg or mace, or inspired by French champagne.

Cider got its start as a rural drink in the earliest years of America thanks to poor roads and the fragility of the fruit, McGonegal said.

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