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cover | gypsy circus cidery First Craft Cidery in Tennessee
| By: Victoria Rashke | Photography By: Christen Clemins
ohn Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, would be pleased to learn hard cider is making a comeback among American’s favorite alcoholic beverages. Despite the perception that orchards of Red Delicious sprung up along Chapman’s path, the truth is he was planting
sour, bitter apples for pressing and fermenting. Cider was the number one beverage of colonists and frontier people, replacing even water which was often iffy at best. Prohibition and the FBI agents who took axes to Chapman’s and other cider orchards are largely responsible for the dearth of American cider production in the late 20th
century. Stephanie and Aaron Carson at Gypsy Circus Cider Company are working hard to reverse that trend, starting with the northeast corner of Tennessee. Gypsy Circus Cider Company began distribution in April 2016 as Tennessee’s first craft cidery. The Carsons chose East Tennessee and Kingsport for the apples.
The launching of Tennessee's First Craft Cidery