Leadbetter Hard Cider:
Cider is the missing link between wine and beer. It's fizzy and refreshing like beer so you can put down a six-pack while floating the river with your buddies, but with an aroma and mouth feel sophisticated enough to bring to your in-laws swanky dinner party.
We craft our cider from apples grown in the Northwest, it is naturally gluten-free, making it essentially guilt free, right? Made only with pure fresh ingredients and no artificial flavoring or essences. Our juice is made from a blend of five different varieties of apples to produce the best balance of sweet, tart, and bitter in our cider.
Leadbetter cider isn't sweet enough to give you flashbacks from freshmen year of college, but just sweet enough to transport you to hot summer days and champagne powder.
We’ll be launching our cider company with five different flavors:
- Sidewinder Semi-Dry
- Ginger Root
- Hop Shot (A hopped cider)
- Strong Arm Semi-Sweet
Along with our five initial offerings we've got some great recipes for seasonals such as Blackberry Boom, Gin Botanical, and American Apple Pie.
Do you like beer? Great! You should try our hopped cider, it’s a delightful blend of cider and the same hops you taste in your favorite IPA without that pesky gluten messing with your insides.
Feeling a bit under the weather? We're pretty sure our ginger cider will cure anything that ails you (not verified by any medical professional).
We have enough fruit ciders to satisfy even the most fanatic fruit lover.
Don’t like fruity beverages? We have something for you too, try our semi-dry cider. It's dry like wine with only a hint of sweetness and a satisfying fizz.
We hope to include a small taproom in the facility as well because there is nothing we like more than seeing the faces of people trying our cider for the first time.
Hello! We're the Leadbetter family.
We found ourselves at a crossroads, all of us: Gig, Ann, Kate, and Molly, the Leadbetters. Gig and Ann were firefighters, nomads, and adventurers who climbed, skied, rafted, and hiked in landscapes all over the globe.
Eventually they became college professors and had two beautiful daughters who they raised in Colorado. Kate and Molly wandered their way to Idaho attending The College of Idaho becoming ‘Yotes for life.
After graduation they followed in their parents’ footsteps to become wildland firefighters, lovers of nature, nomads, and adventurers.
Eventually the firefighter daughters and the college professor parents were at a crossroads at the same time. Gig the homebrewer, Ann the English professor bored-of-grading-papers, Kate the artist/entrepreneur, and Molly searching for a muse, each realized they could use a new direction. Where the inspiration to start a cidery came from is unclear: maybe from the undifferentiated cosmos, maybe from pure desire, maybe an unbounded love of good drinks, or maybe from aimless web-surfing. Whatever the source, it became an idea that caught fire, and fire was something they all understood. The Leadbetters took it up with passion and Leadbetter Cider was born.
We brew our cider with the same zeal we brought to scampering around in the great outdoors. Every bottle, every can, and every keg will be handmade, hand-bottled, and hand-labeled, so be assured that every one of our products has been handled by one of us, like, at least, a ton of times.
Thank you to everybody that has helped us along the way so far, we can't do it without you! And thank you in advance to anyone who helps us in the future, you're investing your money, time, and expertise into something great!
Some of the rewards for donating. Crafted by local Treasure Valley artists!
Leadbetter Cider Company SWAG:
Risks and challenges
Right now we are in the middle of the bog that is permitting. We have our TTB (Tobacco and Alcohol Trade Bureau) license submitted and are waiting for approval, if all goes well we should get approval in April. We have also started working on the State, County, and City permitting and all looks to be going well, but again none of it is finalized.
We have a building contractor and architect working on our processing facility, and that should be done and tanks should be installed by April. Getting this Kickstarter money will be a huge help in the purchasing of the necessary equipment and also with required building improvements.
Every venture is a risk, we are putting everything into this cidery of ours. Our days are spent furiously googling answers, and getting advice and help from many brilliant and wonderful people.
No matter how many numbers you crunch (we've spent hundreds of hours doing this) and no matter how many fires you put out, there will always be unexpected bumps and turns, and we just have to buckle down and keep on trucking, like Jimmy Carter said "Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is." we don't know for sure, but it seems pretty obvious; he was talking about apples.
- (30 days)