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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Virginia colonists drank as much cider as did beer. Of course, beer was consumed because the water was impure in England and it was thought that beer was wholesome.  Large quantities of cider were frequently the subject of specialities.  Peter Marsh of York County (about 1675) entered into a bond to pay James Minge 120 gallons.  Cider was also used as payment for rent.  Alexander Moore of York County upon his decease bequeathed 20 gallons of raw cider and 100 and 3 of boiled. Richard Moore of the same county kept on hand as many as 14 cider casks. Richard Bennett made about 20 butts of cider annually, while Richard Kinsman compressed from pears growing in his orchard 40 or 50 of perry.  These liquors seemed to have been kept in butts, hogsheads and runlets.  A great quantity of peach and apple brandy was also manufactured.  Source: Records of York County, vol.  1675-1684, p. 63.

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