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Converting my garage into an urban cidery to share my passion for making complex, flavorful and delicious dry ciders.
Converting my garage into an urban cidery to share my passion for making complex, flavorful and delicious dry ciders.
254 backers pledged $20,686 to help bring this project to life.

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Why start Cider Riot!?
I’m passionate about cider. I’ve made cider each year for nearly 20 years, and Cider Riot! will enable me to share my dry, flavorful ciders with the public. Cider Riot! will be a small scale urban cidery located just off East Burnside in the North Tabor Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Cider Riot! uses organically grown traditional cider apples, wildcrafted seedling apples, and dessert fruit to make a range of dry ciders.

Kingston Black cider apples
Kingston Black cider apples

Initial offerings will include:

1763™, a bold tannic traditional English West Country-style cider.

Burncider™, aka the Old Main Drag- a dry draft cider blending the traditions of Johnny Appleseed and the Worzel Gummidge.

Everybody Pogo™ Dry-hopped cider, the IPA of ciders, made for the Cascadian palate with plenty of hops.

Seasonal offerings will include:

Never Give an Inch™ Oregon blackberry cider

Paddy an Irish-style cider

Tabor Neighbor™ a hyper-local urban cider made with apples grown in the North Tabor, Montavilla, and Mount Tabor neighborhoods.

Cider Riot! will involve the community with events such as pressing days for the Tabor Neighbor blend, and a traditional English wassail in January.

Jeff Ott and Abram Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in Yamhill in 1999
Jeff Ott and Abram Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in Yamhill in 1999

How Will Cider Riot! Become a Reality?
With the support of my friends and community, Cider Riot! will be able to grow and flourish. That’s where you come in. I have the know-how, the experience, and the contacts to translate my cidermaking hobby into a career, but it’s expensive. I will press off-site for the first few years, so I won’t have the initial investment in a press, but I will need fermentors and conditioning tanks in which to ferment and age the cider, a pump, and brewers hose.

Abram Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in 2012
Abram Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in 2012

Who is Cider Riot!?
Cider Riot LLC is a single member LLC formed by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, cidermaker, homebrewer, beer writer and BJCP National beer judge. My day job is in green building, as a deconstructionist and carpenter, I also edit the Northwest Brewing News, and give brewery tours at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company. I have a diverse skillset, and over a decade’s experience in the brewing industry. Check out my bio for more information about me. I’ve got a great network of friends and family to support me in areas from web and graphic design, to legal and marketing, as well as to help me pick and press apples at harvest time.

Abram and brother Eli Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in 2012
Abram and brother Eli Goldman-Armstrong pressing cider in 2012

It’s a lot of work, but I love the intensity of it and love sharing the experience with my friends. As the company grows and hires employees I intend to keep the celebratory atmosphere of harvesting the bounty of the apple trees alive.

Where Will Cider Riot! Take Place?
Transforming a Garage into a Cidery
In order to make enough cider to share with the eager cider drinkers of Portland, I am renovating 250 square feet of my detached garage, built in 1962. The City of Portland has already signed off on using my detached garage for cider production. It needs some additional features, such as a floor drain and cleanable plastic wall panels in order to sastify the Oregon Department of Agriculture food processing requirements. Luckily, through my work as a deconstructionist and carpenter, I am quite skilled at salvaging and reusing materials and I can keep remodel costs reasonable by doing all the work myself. Kickstarter donations will be used to buy lumber and other essential construction materials, as well as the specific cidermaking equipment. A list of costs is below.

Fermentors: $3,480.00
Pump: $4,000.00
Clamps, Hoses etc: $1,871.60
3-Basin Sink: $700.00
Water heater: $258.00
C02 Tank: $400.00
Trench drain: $500.00
Kegs: $2,912.00
Equipment total: $14,121.60

Remodel: $6,453.12
OLCC: $250.00
TTB Bond: $1,000.00
Legal: $1,050.00
Total: $22,874.72

Reaching our Kickstarter goal of $17,047.00 will allow Cider Riot! to get the remodel done in time for this fall’s apple harvest. If we can raise the full $22,874.72, that will allow the company to spend money from the bank on apples, bottles, caps, and labels, enabling us to get the cider to market without running up huge amounts of interest. We've got a lot of great rewards for donors, to express our sincere thanks.

Stretch Rewards: If the project reaches $25,000.00, all donors at levels above $75 will get an “Instigator” patch in addition to their regular rewards, and donors at all levels will be invited to the "Takes to the Streets" release party.

For more information about Cider Riot! check out ciderriot.com or follow CiderRiot on twitter and Facebook.

Thanks very much for your support. Cheers!

Risks and challenges

Cideries must obtain state and federal winery licenses, as well as pass an inspection from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. After talking to several Portland cidermakers and brewers who got licensing for their garages, I am confident that Cider Riot! will be able to pass all its inspections and receive permits from both the OLCC (state) and TTB (federal). There is still a chance that the license will be denied or that licensing will not arrive in time for this year’s harvest. If that happens I will find another location and launch or launch Cider Riot! in 2014. I have been involved in the build out stages of enough breweries to know that the permitting process is time consuming and arduous, but it will be worth it in the end.

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    Go Raibh Maith Agat! Hiyu Mahsie! Vielen Dank! Bedankt! Muchas Gracias! Merci! and Thanks a Million!

    Which is my way of saying thank you in all the languages I know. (for those keeping track that's Gaeilge, Chinuk Wawa, Deutsch, Nederlands, Español, Français and English). Your support is truly appreciated. Hopefully we'll be able to enjoy a pint of cider together and say Slainte! Kloshe Tumtum! Prost! Proost! Salud! Sante! and Cheers!

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    A Cider Riot! denim punk vest (specify blue or black) with a screened back rocker, and front patch. Don't forget to tell us your size (S-XXL). Plus a VIP invite to the "Takes to the Streets" release party in May of 2014.

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    The "Joe Hill":
    Because like Joe Hill your name will be known in song and story at Cider Riot!
    So much so in fact, that we'll name one of our fermentation vessels after you, and identify it with a plaque. You also get a personalized engraved cider mug, a scarf, and VIP invite to the "Takes to the Streets" release party.

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