It’s been 23 years since we first started making cider. Back in 1991, Greg Failing created our original Amber. A lot has happened since then! We got a bit nostalgic and went back to the history books to see what else happened the year we shook the cider industry to it’s core. Check out 50 things that were different in our world in 1991 when we first started making cider!
1. “Seinfeld” debuts on NBC. Puffy shirts will never be looked at the same.
2. US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour.
As the original American hard cider, we have a bit of history in our back pocket. It’s high time we started sharing some of that history and pairing it with some cultural highlights of years gone by. Let’s call it Throwback Thursday, Woodchuck® Style.
Best grab your Starter Jacket because for this first installment, we’re taking it back to 1991. The Grunge Revolution was beginning to build steam with the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Stone-washed jeans and Reebok pumps were all the fad, and Super Nintendo was just being released in the U.S.
Head up north to Proctorsville, VT during that time, and you find the start of the Woodchuck story. A wine maker decided to tinker with apples in a two car garage and Woodchuck Amber is born. The recipe remains the same today… we just make more of it!
What else was happening in 1991?
- The Internet is made available for unrestricted commercial use and the number of computers on the internet reaches 1 million.
- Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq.
- The NY Giants win the Super Bowl XXV beating the Buffalo Bills by just one point. It is the only Super Bowl to be decided by one point to this day.
- The price of gas hovered around $1 a gallon!