How an Insect Inspired a New Cidery

When you stack his hard cider company’s name up against firms like Angry Orchard, Scrumpy Jack, and even Reverend Nat’s, Jason Spears ’99 admits that Locust is a bit of an odd moniker for a product you might consider drinking. After all, it doesn’t sound all that appetizing, and it doesn’t boast exotic ingredients. Instead, it’s filled with memories of a brutal attack that almost took the mechanical engineering graduate’s life when he was a teenager. When he was 13 years old, Spears and his younger brother were hitting golf balls when a group of teens grabbed their golf clubs and began to beat Jason. “I thought I was going to die. He only stopped because he snapped the club in half,” Spears...

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