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Should Cider Have a Vintage? (Read more at VinePair)

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Photo courtesy VinePair

“The origin of cider’s troubles stems from the U.S.’s restrictive cider labeling laws, set by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or the TTB. The restriction against advertising vintage on cider bottles goes back to the end of Prohibition. The Federal Alcohol Administration, or the FAA, was created in 1935 to regulate the newly legal alcohol products being produced and sold in the country. To do so, the Administration separated alcohol into three categories: wine, beer, and spirits (if those broad designations seem a little lacking, remember that the people making these laws hadn’t been able to have a legal drink for 13 years).”

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Should Cider Have a Vintage?