English organic cider hitting U.S. market

Samuel Smith's Organic Cider is going national next month.

Cider is a gradually growing niche in the U.S. low-alcohol beverage field. This particular one is an English import from Samuel Smith's Old Brewery -- celebrating its 250th anniversary this year -- and is being handled by Merchant du Vin of Seattle.

As the company explained in an announcement, "Apple juice used to produce cider contains a mix of apple varieties selected to balance fresh apple flavor with tartness, acidity, and sweetness. Samuel Smith's uses a wine yeast strain to ferment their cider, providing a clean finish and allowing pure apple flavor to shine through."

The naturally gluten-free beverage is 5% alcohol by volume, or 10 proof, for those of you who prefer that measurement. It also is high in antioxidants and is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(Go here for a look at a good line of American ciders made in the traditional way.)

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