You Can Thank Prohibition for Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider

As Americans drink less, virgin champagne is increasingly welcome among adults

Americans love Martinelli's Sparkling Cider over the holidays.
Americans love Martinelli's Sparkling Cider over the holidays. Kacy Burdette for Adweek

When Prohibition became the law of the land in 1919, the near-immediate effect (apart from taking everyone’s favorite libations away) was economic disaster. Across the country, countless companies went out of business: breweries, restaurants and taverns closed their doors. Truckers who hauled beer lost their routes. Even barrel makers laid down their mallets. Economists estimated that the 18th Amendment would cost the federal government $11 billion in lost tax revenue.

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This story first appeared in the Nov. 25, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@UpperEastRob Robert Klara is a senior editor, brands at Adweek, where he specializes in covering the evolution and impact of brands.