S&M Selections is excited to announce a couple of firsts for us: we are going to be partnering with the fantastic folks at Clear Fork Cidery, our first cider producer as well as our first Colorado partner! Hard cider is often sold alongside beer by many distributors, but as we are predominantly wine focused we feel Clear Fork is a perfect producer to showcase how much more in common quality cider has with wine than beer. Most commercial cider in America is made from commodity table apples but a cidery like Clear Fork shows why hard cider was the beverage that helped build America and is a true expression of our spirit and our land. Apples helped Americans settle the west and uniquely American varietals came into being as pioneers planted seeds on their journey. In the last century many heirloom varietals that were less commodifiable and too complex, acidic or tannic for grocery stores or corporate juice makers have been all but forgotten. But for the folks at Clear Fork who are more interested in complex terroir driven beverages, abandoned orchards of wrinkly crab apples look like a wonderful opportunity ripe for the plucking. Their ciders are from immensely diverse and multifaceted varietals, many harvested from old or forgotten orchards. To us, this fermented fruit juice from farmers and artisans is right up our alley.