The American Cider Renaissance with Ben Watson
Americans in huge numbers are discovering the pleasures of alcoholic or “hard” cider, yet few people know much about its rich history and cultural traditions. Join author, editor, and self-proclaimed “cider evangelist” Ben Watson for a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of this most typically New England tipple. What are the roots of cider? Why did it become so important in colonial times, only to fall into obscurity? And why is it enjoying such a resurgence today? Ben Watson is the author of Cider, Hard and Sweet (Countryman Press, 2013) and several other nonfiction books. He currently serves as Senior Editor at Chelsea Green Publishing Co. in Vermont and resides in Francestown. For many years he has been involved with conservation and biodiversity initiatives, through Slow Food and other organizations, and he is a volunteer organizer of the annual Cider Days festival in western Massachusetts. The US Cider Makers Association recently presented him with one of its first Cider Industry Awards, in recognition of his efforts to promote cider, apples, and cider producers around the world. Free and open to all.