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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.
Anxo cider-maker Greg Johnson pulverizes apples into a juice that will later be fermented into hard cider. Source: Adhiti Bandlamudi/NPR

Angry Orchard, Redd's Apple Ale, Woodchuck — these are some of the biggest national cider brands. (By the way, they're all owned by major beer companies.) But those big brands weren't what people came to drink at this fall's Rock the Core cider festival in Washington, D.C.

Instead, festivalgoers like Keith Adams, who

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