An apple orchard of the Vermont Hard Cider Company is seen in Middlebury, Vermont in this undated picture provided by the Vermont Hard Cider Company. Even as hard cider is enjoying phenomenal growth, ... more 
An apple orchard of the Vermont Hard Cider Company is seen in Middlebury, Vermont in this undated picture provided by the Vermont Hard Cider Company. Even as hard cider is enjoying phenomenal growth, U.S. craft brewers are facing a shortage of bittersweet, bittersharp and sharp apples, the fruits traditionally used to make hard ciders. To match Feature USA-CIDER/ REUTERS/Vermont Hard Cider Company/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS AGRICULTURE) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES less 
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