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Two siblings and a friend quit their jobs to grow apples, make cider, and share their love of food, life, and drink
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ABOUT BROOKLYN CIDER HOUSE

Two siblings and a friend quit their jobs to grow apples, make cider, and share their love of food, life, and drink. Their mission is to make really great cider with one simple ingredient: the apple. Help Brooklyn Cider House, Brooklyn's first farm cidery, with the final phase of the buildout of their 12,000 square foot cidery, restaurant, and bar.

Founders: Susan Yi, Peter Yi, and Lindsey Storm
Founders: Susan Yi, Peter Yi, and Lindsey Storm

Our cider rapture started in the Basque Country when Peter Yi, who was a wine buyer at the time, took a break from tasting wines to visit a sagardotegi. Delicious food, incredible ciders, and elated diners filled the cidery with pure magic. He was amazed by how well the natural cider paired with literally everything and how good he felt the next day. It was a thunderbolt moment and not long after his trip, Peter told his sister Susan, "We need to make a cider house in Brooklyn." He was dead serious and within weeks, Peter walked away from a business he built for 25 years and Susan quit teaching to study apples and hard cider.

Our First Trials in Peter's Garage (2014)
Our First Trials in Peter's Garage (2014)

That was the spring of 2014. We didn't know a bushel from a bin of apples. What we did know was that we wanted to make a delicious, all-natural cider.

Lindsey Storm joined the founding team in 2015 and since then we have revitalized a Hudson Valley orchard, where we built a cidery, tasting room, farm store, and pavilion that serves wood-fired pizza and burgers. We've also planted 40 acres of baby trees of heirloom hard cider varieties, which should be in production in 4-5 years. 

Giving Love to Our Baby Cider Apple Trees!
Giving Love to Our Baby Cider Apple Trees!

BROOKLYN BUILDOUT

Presently, we have turned our energy to the final phase of the project, which is to open the doors to a full-scale cidery, restaurant, tasting room, and bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We will offer a farm-to-table menu perfectly paired with our ciders and made with timeless homespun methods to highlight simple, fresh ingredients. We will also spearhead and house cider events, educational workshops, tastings, and harvest celebrations. We don’t just want to be a successful place of business. We hope to make Brooklyn Cider House a place of innovation, creativity, history, and community, and one day, to be a hallmark of Bushwick and Brooklyn, recognized for capturing the spirit of Brooklyn with something local, something crafted, something smart, and wildly natural.

Architectural Drawing
Architectural Drawing

 

Brooklyn Cider House Brooklyn Location in Progress
Brooklyn Cider House Brooklyn Location in Progress

 

Brooklyn Cider House Brooklyn Location in Progress
Brooklyn Cider House Brooklyn Location in Progress

 

We started the Brooklyn buildout at the same time we purchased Twin Star Orchards, but our Brooklyn location faced a slew of permitting issues that have really slowed the project down and sapped our budget. The delays have forced us to make some cuts to our original plans for the Brooklyn venue. The barnwood finishes and original art, however, are two things we don't want to sacrifice.

We are thrilled to be working with a master carpenter who is installing beautiful barnwood beams and finishes throughout. We are also hoping to commission two talented artists, Dede and Pixel Pancho to custom design and install murals inside and outside our venue.

Reclaimed Barn Wood
Reclaimed Barn Wood

 

Dede Painting in Vienna Market
Dede Painting in Vienna Market

 

Pixel Pancho Getting Busy
Pixel Pancho Getting Busy

HELP BROOKLYN CIDER HOUSE SUPPORT ARTISTS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE!

We’re looking to raise $28,000 to help us fill our Brooklyn space with art and custom millwork.

Four large custom murals (3 indoors and 1 outdoors): $17,000 

Lift rentals for muralists: $2,000 (3 separate dates)

To help pay for custom millwork made with reclaimed New York barn wood for the bar and dining areas: $6,500 

Kickstarter and other fees: $2,500

  

Cider will flow again in Boswijck, the "little town in the woods."
Cider will flow again in Boswijck, the "little town in the woods."

Come celebrate the agricultural bounty and beauty of New York State in an atmosphere where nature, industry, and art gorgeously collide. We hope to see you in Bushwick!

THANK YOU!

www.brooklynciderhouse.com | @brooklynciderhouse

Brooklyn Cider House t-shirts
Brooklyn Cider House t-shirts

 

Partnering artists' t-shirts
Partnering artists' t-shirts

 

Ugly Apples Taste Better canvas tote bag
Ugly Apples Taste Better canvas tote bag

 

BCH hoody
BCH hoody

 

Video Director and DP: E. Lee Smith; 2nd Camera: Penn Eastburn; drone and time-lapse footage by Jordan Hayman; Editors: E. Lee Smith and Penn Eastburn 

Risks and challenges

We've spent the last three years learning the craft cider industry and building a strong following with our five styles of ciders. We've been very fortunate in that our cider sales have grown exponentially every year. But our Brooklyn location poses many risks and challenges. We're still dealing with construction and permitting challenges, and once we open, we will be dealing with the challenge of running a successful business and restaurant in NYC. That said, we have a dedicated and talented team that is committed to making this work. We make great ciders and have an original concept that is already attracting the interest of press. And with your support, we will be able to create a setting that is unmatched in energy and character.

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    Brooklyn in the House!

    You love craft cider and the arts. Join the Brooklyn Cider House community and contribute $10 to help fill our walls with art and open the doors to our Brooklyn location. If you live nearby or plan to visit, you will have a great place to hang out. We will be forever grateful!

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    BCH Cider Glass

    Get a hand-blown, wide mouth BCH cider glass so you can throw your cider, like they do in Spain and like they will at Brooklyn Cider House!

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    Friends of Brooklyn Cider House

    Your $50 pledge gets you a Brooklyn Cider House T-shirt (choose from 3 styles); a wide-mouth, hand-blown BCH cider glass; an "Ugly Apples Taste Better" canvas tote bag; and an "Ugly Apples Taste Better" sticker. Swagger in support of craft cider, the arts, and ugly fruit, which really does taste better!

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    Pledge $50 for a limited edition t-shirt designed by one of our partnering muralists. Choose from two options. Plus, enjoy happy hour prices for one entire month!

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    Dede Fan

    Love Dede's story and art? So do we! Learn more about Dede's art and journey with a signed copy of Dede's Art Book, a beautiful compilation of his artwork from 2010-2016 with personal narratives and photographs of his process and inspiration.

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    Stay Warm in our BCH Hoodie

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    Friends and Family

    Join us at our friends and family opening. Includes 5-course dinner and cider tasting.

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    Afternoon with the Cider Maker

    Spend an intimate afternoon with our cider maker, Peter Yi. Tour the cidery and learn about the cider making process. Taste our ciders as well as a special selection of Peter's personal favorites, paired with delicious small plates.

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    Special Tasting Menu for Two

    Treat yourself and a friend or a loved one to a special tasting menu with cider pairings.

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    Be a patron of the arts because you know that what artists contribute to the world and to life is invaluable. You may not want anything in return for your generous contribution, but we would like to show our deep appreciation with a hand-crafted thank you from Brooklyn Cider House and our partnering muralists; limited edition t-shirts designed by our partnering muralists; 2 invitations to our Mural Unveiling Party; and happy hour prices for an entire year! (Note: Patron of the Arts pledges will only be applied to BCH murals, arts-related partnerships, and any administrative and shipping expenses for arts-related projects and partnerships. If we exceed our current arts budget, we will use these funds to sponsor murals for more outdoor walls, which will come Spring 2018.)

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    Private Cider Feast

    For your generous pledge, we will fete you and 11 friends in our intimate private dining room, complete with cidery tour, special tasting menu, and pairings hosted and curated by our chef and cider maker. Cheers! Geon-bae!

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