Hard cider has shown phenomenal growth in the past several years. With rising consumer demand, more and more craft brewers are entering this rapidly expanding market. Although hard cider is typically distributed and marketed like a beer product, the federal government and most states actually tax and regulate cider as a type of wine. Brewers contemplating the production of cider accordingly must carefully consider the legal issues surrounding cider production and distribution that distinguish cider from beer. This article outlines some of the most important (though certainly not all) of these issues.
This article was originally published in the May/June 2014 issue of The New Brewer.