Eater – January 2016

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Don’t say Congress never did anything for you—at least if you’re a cider fan, or somebody who’s thinking about joining the industry. In December, Congress passed what’s known as the CIDER Act, offering several key benefits to producers which, in turn, will surely prove beneficial to folks who simply enjoy drinking the stuff.

For those uninitiated to the world of cider (and wondering, Well, who actually cares?) this is pretty substantial. According to market research firm IRI, cider is the fastest growing segment in the beverage industry. From 2013 to 2014, cider sales grew 75.4 percent and, overall in the past three years, sales have quintupled for the category.