I went down to do some shopping today, I got three t-shirts at bobs (Two Jaws shirts, one Force Awakens) I got headphones, and I got 40 bucks to amazon to buy a hat. The last place I went was the Liquor store. I asked if they carried applejack and was told not anymore. I bought my Hard Cider and went home feeling a little sad at what that meant. For those of you who don't know, Up until the 1850s the most popular drink in North America was Hard Cider and in New England the most popular Hard Liquor was a Drink called Applejack. Then beer became more popular due to certain advancements in pasteurization. But in New England Hard Cider still Reigned king.
Hard Cider and Applejack had been New England staples since the 17th century but that all changed with the National Prohibition Act and suddenly cider orchards all over New England were being forced to cease operations. Cider Orchards that had been in operation since the 18th century were either forced to close or in some cases, Temperance Activists burned the orchards and pressing facilities to the ground. Now Recently there has been a revival in interest in Hard Cider, but applejack is still hard to find. Until very recently the only producer of Applejack in the entire country was Laird's in New Jersey, which actually managed to survive prohibition but even with a few other companies now producing it. What was once a staple of New England Cuisine has been reduced to a shadow.