Although it has been known for millennia, cider has experienced a true renaissance in recent years. Even according to a study by Time magazine, it is the fastest growing alcoholic product on the market, not craft beer, as we all thought until recently.
According to a legend, its invention is attributed to Charlemagne (VIII-IX centuries), who once sat on a bag of overripe apples, they crushed, and the result was cider. In fact, the only evidence that it originated centuries ago is in the works of Plinius. The ancient Roman writer mentioned not only the pleasant hoppy taste of the drink, but also its healing properties. It was attributed a number of health benefits and a good effect on the digestive, cardiovascular and nervous systems, as well as the effect of boosting immunity due to the high content of vitamin C in combination with other vitamins and healthy elements.
The first sources that mention the production of "cider" in Spain are from the 13th century. Subsequently, the technology was transferred to Normandy and Savoy, and in the 19th century cider was the second most popular drink in France.
In Bulgaria, it was very popular during Socialism, but recently we have noticed a return to the well-known tastes of the past and a search for the familiar. This sweet and sparkling drink with natural fruit flavor is an excellent thirst quencher on a hot day. The original recipe has nothing to do with most of the alternatives on the market, which often have added sugar, preservatives and almost no natural products in their content.
In Plovdiv, Cat and Mouse LOCAL is one of the few places where you can enjoy draft craft cider, made entirely in Bulgaria and in a natural way. It was produced following the idea and recipe of Binding Bulgaria in the brewery of Divo pivo. The product is completely natural, consisting of several varieties of apples purchased from Parvomay. Its alcohol content is 5.5%, and this was achieved with its own fermentation, without the addition of a single gram of sugar. It doesn’t contain any sweeteners, preservatives or gluten. Its taste is tart and acidic, perfect for cooling down and diversifying for craft beer lovers.