We all know that craft beer has been a booming business for years. A few weeks ago, having lunch at our favorite local pub, I caught my first glimpse of what I hope will be a continuing trend: craft cider.
(Photo from: Virtue Cider)
Virtue Cider is a Chicago-based cider company that makes its first cider, RedStreak, using local apples from family farms. Virtue is the brainchild of Gregory Hall, who was brewmaster at local-turned-national craft beer giant Goose Island for 20 years. After leaving Goose Island, he studied cider intensively, including an internship at a cider producer in Normandy.
I had one (okay, a couple) with my lunch that day and it was crisp, flavorful, dry and not too sweet. Red Streak can currently be found on tap at bars and restaurants around Chicago (I saw it being used in cocktails at Tiny Lounge the other night!) And Virtue has two more varieties coming up in the fall and winter.
Here's hoping this is the start of a new craft brew movement!