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We are a family owned and operated hard cider company in Boise, Idaho. Opening Summer 2015!
We are a family owned and operated hard cider company in Boise, Idaho. Opening Summer 2015!
We are a family owned and operated hard cider company in Boise, Idaho. Opening Summer 2015!
248 backers pledged $30,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Leadbetter Cider Company

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Leadbetter Hard Cider:

Cider has a very rich heritage in the United States, by the eighteenth century Americans in New England were brewing 300,000 gallons of cider a year but by the end of Prohibition, hard cider had almost vanished.

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. 

Strong Arm Semi-Sweet and Ginger Root Cans
Strong Arm Semi-Sweet and Ginger Root Cans

  We’ll be launching our cider company with five different flavors: 

  • Sidewinder Semi-Dry 
  • Cherry 
  • 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.

No matter what drinks you prefer you should give cider a try, it’s really delicious, trust us, we've guzzled enough of it to call ourselves experts.    
 
We have a space leased for our processing facility at 5272 Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID, 83714 (in the same business complex as Crooked Fence Brewery). 

 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.

Leadbetter Family; Kate, Ann, Molly. Gig at CiderCon 2015!
Leadbetter Family; Kate, Ann, Molly. Gig at CiderCon 2015!

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. 

Ann and Gig in the Little Susitna in Alaska in 1985
Ann and Gig in the Little Susitna in Alaska in 1985

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.

Kate in 2010 and Molly in 2011
Kate in 2010 and Molly in 2011

After graduation they followed in their parents’ footsteps to become wildland firefighters, lovers of nature, nomads, and adventurers.

Kate on Chena Hot Shots and Molly on Sled Springs Heli-Rappellers
Kate on Chena Hot Shots and Molly on Sled Springs Heli-Rappellers

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!

Handmade magnets by Boise artist Chelsea Snow from Bricolage
Handmade magnets by Boise artist Chelsea Snow from Bricolage
"Boise Junk Drawer" by local artist Betsie Richardson
"Boise Junk Drawer" by local artist Betsie Richardson

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"Gem State" and "10,000 Leaves" prints Boise artist Ryan Hadden
"Gem State" and "10,000 Leaves" prints Boise artist Ryan Hadden

Leadbetter Cider Company SWAG:

Trucker Hat
Trucker Hat
Men's T-Shirt
Men's T-Shirt
Women's T-Shirt
Women's T-Shirt
Women's Tank
Women's Tank
Stickers
Stickers

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.

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    You receive your name on the wall of the taproom, two stickers, trucker hat or tote, a men or women's t-shirt or women's tank top, a print of your choice from local artist Betsie Richardson or Ryan Hadden, a one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic mug which you can take home or leave in the taproom by local potter Jake Dahlgren from Potter's Center in Boise, ID, and a stainless steel Leadbetter Cider etched 64oz growler with a year long founding partner membership card for the taproom.
    Plus a whole day of learning how to make cider for you and 4 friends from the head fermentor at Leadbetter Cider Company and to end the day a party in the taproom with all the Leadbetters!

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Funding period

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