NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Hard cider has evolved from that potent pint of Cider Jack at the college pub or that syrup-sweet bottle of Woodpecker someone left in your beer fridge in the mid-'90s.Too often dismissed as the wimpy little stepbrother of macro and craft beer, cider has come into its own and broken up the boys' club around the tap handle. Cider sales skyrocketed 25%, to $49.6 million, during the 12 months ending Oct. 30, according to research firm SymphonyIRI. That outpaces the 2% growth of wine, the 5% growth of the craft beer segment and the 1% decline in overall beer sales just a year earlier. Considering that SymphonyIRI's research excludes sales at liquor stores discount stores such as Wal-Mart, that number's likely still a little light.
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