The Wassail cider bar, which recently opened in New York City, offers a dozen ciders on tap and another 80 or so in bottles. Noah Devereaux for Wassail hide caption

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The Salt

Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.

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Author Interviews

'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.

Environment

What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.