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ard Cider has an ancient history – seriously, it goes back thousands of years. According to the National Apple Museum, evidence of apple trees growing along the banks to the Nile River can be found dating back to about 1300 B.C., and the first instance of people drinking a cider-like beverage was in the British Isles in 55 B.C.. Its popularity spread throughout the Roman Empire and across Europe, and, interestingly, it played an important role in early America as well. The first Europeans to settle in the colonies had a hard time growing the grains and barley needed to brew beer, but apples were no trouble. Colonials learned to make and ferment cider, and quickly fell in love with the boozy drink. The alcohol made it safer to drink than much of the water on hand at that time, and, bonus: it was full of nutrition as well (yes! cider has food value!). Cider popularity has once again seen a resurgence, and lucky for us, the Driftless is alive and well with folks who are producing some fantastic, locally sourced hard ciders for folks to try. Take a look through this list, and start planning a fun daytrip or two to take in the sights and sip a cider or two – within moderation of course! Keep in mind that several of these are located on actual, working farms, so please call or check ahead to confirm that you are able to experience all that these local producers have to offer. Happy exploring! 48

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CONVERGENCE CIDERWORKS

Decorah, IA convergencecider.com In the heart of downtown Decorah, housed in a former lumberyard building sits the region’s newest cider producer. Convergence CiderWorks opened summer 2021, and delivers “Small Batch Ciders

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