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Artisanal Craft Cidery in Southern California.  We're focused on stoking the creativity and adventure that inspires us all.  Follow Along @bivouaccider
Artisanal Craft Cidery in Southern California. We're focused on stoking the creativity and adventure that inspires us all.  Follow Along @bivouaccider
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Bivouac Ciderworks: born in San Diego, CA 

Our mission: To create superior artisan product through innovative exploration.  To grow a culture of collaborative excellence.  To inspire and be inspired by our community.

 The lowdown:

After many years of home brewing, passionate obsession, experimentation, knowledge seeking, far flung adventure, and culinary
travel ... we had the crazy dream of opening a cidery in our community.  

Our goal is to build an exploratory home for our creative and adventuresome "family."  A place where we can experiment, innovate, and be inspired. Where our friends can pull up a stool and share the excitement of our latest concoction over a good meal.  A refuge to ply our artful trade and compete with the best in the world. A haven from the daily grind where a good friend and an entertaining conversation is only a glass away.

And while we were deep into plotting and planning, navigating licensing and permitting, honing our cider-making, and generally running ourselves through the ringer to make our dream a reality, we realized we needed (as all great explorations do) collaborative help.  That's where you come in!

Our aim is to open our flagship tasting room in April, which is just around the corner. This Kickstarter campaign will enable us to purchase the additional stainless steel tanks and equipment needed to make the most enticing of elixirs. The funds raised will also help us get our delivery vehicle up and running in order to grow our distribution around town.  

In the past few years the cider market has grown rapidly in Southern California, but most of these sales were sucked up by large corporations with big marketing budgets (not that there's anything wrong with that).  And while the big players have raised the visibility of cider, San Diego still does not have a cidery to call its own. This means that you aren't getting the highest quality and freshest product like San Diegans get with craft beer. We will change that sad fact.

Speaking of craft beer, we are huge fans!  We are borrowing from the San Diego brewing community's know-how and experimental playfulness and applying it to a new medium---cider.  We intend to be at the forefront of innovation in the cider world, so don't expect the sweet low alcohol styles to make many appearances in our tap room! 

 

 

 

The Cidery/Tasting Room:

It took us nearly a year scouring most of San Diego's awesome neighborhoods to find the perfect spot in North Park to open our first tasting room. Our tasting room, located at 30th and University, will feature a full menu of delectable fare to accompany not only our cider, but also the select local craft beer and wine we will serve.  

And in keeping with our core (pardon the pun) values of adventure seeking and fostering connections with nature, we will make charitable contributions to the National Parks Foundation and other nonprofits dedicated to protecting and preserving America's wild open spaces.

Our motto: Rêvons plus grand - translated from french "Dream bigger"

Tap Room Facade
Tap Room Facade

 

Tap Room Rendering
Tap Room Rendering

 Thanks to Jon Hans for the music! https://jonhans.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

Risk involved require us to continue the wading through government permits, rules, and requirements. Our challenge on construction is mostly mitigated by the incredible team we have behind us . Check them out!

http://www.tectureinc.com/
http://cltvt.com/team/
http://www.techne-us.com/

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    San Diego Kick Starter Party

    Includes one drink, appetizers, and a great time meeting your fellow supporters.

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    The Best Coast(er)

    Whether you're already on the West Coast, or dreaming of our beaches, set your glasses of cider down in style! Set of our coasters for your house with the Bivouac brand engraved.

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    Sniff sniff! Have a sip!

    A pair of snifters to sip your favorite cider. (ONLY available for in-store pickup.)

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    Bivouac in style!

    Complete your outdoorsy-adventurer look with our custom Bivouac t-shirt.

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    Bivouac in Tshirt

    Hot off the presses a t-shirt thats soft comfortable and ready for you to support your favorite cidery. Available in multiple colors.

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    Party in style: the look and the vessel.

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    From the 'hood.

    Get a special edition Bivouac Founder's hoodie.

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    VIP: Join us for a private party!

    Early invitation for our pre-opening tasting party, including special cider tastings and food pairings.

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    Make history with us! Founders' Art

    We will inscribe your name on our custom art piece located in our taproom and displayed for all to see.

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    VIP: Join us for a private party! x 2

    Early invitation for our pre-opening tasting party, including special cider tastings and food pairings. For you and a guest!

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    Beautiful Custom Growler

    Beautiful handmade ceramic growler, perfect for toting your favorite cider. Pick it up from the taproom and go home with fresh apple juice! Then come back for three more refills of fresh juice!

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    We'll save a seat for you!

    We will have your name printed on your very own custom bar stool in our taproom in North Park.

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    Founders Package

    Name inscribed on our custom founders' art piece, invite for two to our pre-opening tasting party. Limited edition founders' t-shirt and two glasses.

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    Get in Cider!

    Private look at our taproom and production facility, and "day in the life" tour with our head cidermaker and owner for you and three guests. The tour will conclude with a cider tasting and food pairing and a limited-edition glass and t-shirt for all four guests.

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    Name that Tank!

    (You can't all choose Frank.) The life-blood of our cidery, the fermentors are where all the magic happens. Naming each tank allows us to keep track of what is happening on the brew schedule. We stencil the name you choose on the tanks. You will also get a t-shirt, glass, and invite to our pre-opening party.

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    You're kind of a big deal...

    We will throw a custom cider-tasting and food-pairing party for you and 20 of your friends. This will include a tour of the production facility, a cider-making lesson, and a take-home glass for all of your guests.

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    Commission a one-of-a-kind art piece.

    Commission some art with us. A one of a kind, hand-created art piece to be hung in our tap room. You'll also receive a small version for your home!

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Funding period

- (40 days)