We’ve been making alcohol since before the start of recorded history. It’s one of our oldest avocations. But have we become too dependent on big manufacturers, on superstores, on well-known brands? The young people featured in these videos have taken the making of alcoholic beverages into their own hands. They’re not driven by some grand anticorporate campaign. It’s more basic than that. They’re independent spirits making independent spirits.
When Wes Mickel was 15, he made his first batch of hard cider with some store-bought apple juice and a little packet of yeast. His passion was born. Years later, he started production for Argus Cidery, turning his hobby into a career that currently markets five varieties of hard cider to Austin and beyond. His dry and crisp ciders are the first to be made wholly from Texas apples and native yeast.
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