Hard cider is most certainly not a bitch drink -- in England, you'll find almost as many people downing pints of it as you would lagers and ales.
In fact, hard cider is the drink that helped settle the Northwest Territory (of which Ohio was the first state). Hard cider was at damn near every family table in the 18th century. Back then, apples were seen not as the snacking and dessert fruits we think of them as today -- they were more important than water. With no adequate means to filter contaminants out of water, alcoholic beverages were the drink of choice almost by necessity. And due to the fact that beer consumed staple grains, cider was a natural choice as apples were relatively easy to cultivate and press. Families would make enough hard cider in fall to last them throughout the year, as well as burying a few barrels in the ground as the weather started to turn. Over the winter, the diurnal freezing and thawing of the cider would freeze the water in the cider and concentrate the alcohol in the center -- this (dangerous) freeze-distillation process creates what was known as "Applejack", or Apple Brandy.
Contrary to popular belief, Johnny Appleseed wasn't some random-ass dude who wanted to spread the gospel of fruit conservation -- he was a noted applejacker and cider producer. Since orchards were essential to American expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries, Johnny Appleseed would plant nurseries that became very popular real estate on the frontier.
TL; DR - Hard cider is not a bitch's drink. Without it, there's a good chance there'd be no Ohio State football, because there'd be no Ohio in the first place.