Fascinating read. I didn't realize that sweet (non-alcoholic) cider was a uniquely American thing.

"[A]t some point in the last few hundred years, the words 'apple cider' have evolved to mean different things ...."

TLDR: Prohibition in the US, although it didn't outlaw hard cider production, discouraged it sufficiently that cider-makers largely repurposed their equipment to produce unfiltered apple juice in the early 20th century.

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