All the cool Philadelphians are drinking Colonial these days. The Tavern ales from Yards, of course, set that standard long ago. But suddenly this month, a rare and precious Madeira named for Ben Franklin hit the scene. And now comes Revolution Cider, which allows us to crack open bottles of the Founding Fathers' other favorite drink - the origin of that old "apple a day" maxim for good health.
This fizzy orchard blast from the past comes courtesy of brothers Jonathan and Gideon Gradman, whose new cidery in the Northeast is modeling its flavor and fermentation techniques on a Colonial style. That means dry, dry, dry, without the sticky sweetness that makes some other ciders taste like apple soda with a kick. Cloudy and yellow, with a refreshingly tangy snap and vivid apple aroma, this cider would be perfect with a meal. Time to dig out ye olde tankards!