The apple is believed to be originally from what is present day Kazakhstan.
The Romans are thought responsible for bringing the apple to Britain and
it spread on both sides of the English Channel where they still make
wonderful ciders today. Be it “Sidra” in Spain or “Sagardoa” in the Basque
region, Cider in Britain and France or “Hard Cider” in the U.S.A.,
fermented apple juice is popular the world over.

In the U.S.A. when people think of apples they think of Johnny Appleseed.
They don’t necessarily think of hard cider but that’s why he was seeding
the countryside; to insure there were adequate apples for cider. The U.S.
is the only English speaking country that doesn’t recognize the term
“cider” as being alcoholic. The temperance movement promoted fresh
pressed apple juice as “cider” to steer people away from “that demon drink”.

In Britain and France they maintain the cultivation of “cider” apples.
These apples have wonderful flavor, tannin and character. They’re not
eating apples and are difficult to find in the United States. A small
movement is arising to bring back the cultivation of cider apples
and make more traditional style ciders. These “Bittersweet”,
“Bittersharp”, “Sharps”, “Bitters” and “Sweet” apples are starting
to make a comeback.

The Colorado Apple Industry has shrunk in the last 20 years
due to global competition and the ever shrinking variety of
apples demanded by the table fruit buying public. As with
many things the future for Colorado Apple Growers might
reside with the cultivation of heirloom varieties and niche
market local produce. The Colorado Cider Company is
dedicated to reviving these apples in Colorado and
developing its cider to take advantage of all the wonderful
flavors out there in the apple universe.