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KeithBy Keith
First created
KeithBy Keith
First created
$71
pledged of $1,800pledged of $1,800 goal
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 12 2014 11:32 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello! 

Thank you for taking the time to review my project and I hope you'll find it worthy of your support. My name is Keith I live in Rochester NY and I LOVE hard cider. I began making it several years ago as one of my many hobbies and projects I keep busy with around the house. First simply for novelty and the ability to have some cheap cider on hand for my own enjoyment. Though as the years progressed, so did the passion, well the obsession really! I didn't want to just make hard cider for me any more, I wanted to make hard cider to share with the world! It was then my friends, family, co-workers, neighbors any one who was thirsty really became my test group. 

So I teamed up my buddy Art, who has spent most of his life working the fall season on a local Rochester NY apple orchard. His knowledge of the apples and when the best blends of the best apples are sent to the press help us choose only the finest of local Rochester produced cider. So that we can transform it into world class American Cider! Cider that not only caters to our own tastes, but we think will also cater to yours! Cider We are proud to call our and we believe Rochester would be proud to call their own. 

How ever the road to get to where we are now has not been a smooth one. Those early years taught us a lot! Till finally Art and my self both agree we have the perfect balance of flavor, crispness, fizzy bubbles and blend of both dry and sweet varieties that we would like to share with you!

A small portion of my 2013 run of cider!
A small portion of my 2013 run of cider!

All our  hard work and dedication culminate into these 6 market ready styles! 

  • Take me Home tonight: A classic dry cider. Less sweet than most commercial ciders, but full bodied and rich with natural apple flavo
  • Holiday Spiced cider: as the name suggests this cider is perfect for a cold winters night, snuggled up with a blanket. using traditional mulling spices it has notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and all spice. this is even good warmed up and served in a mug!
  • Cran-apple: The name needs work, but it says it all. using organic cranberry concentrate, we blend the cider and cranberry to produce a light fruity cider. perfect for warm spring and summer days!
  • Raspberry: again like the cran apple we use organic Raspberry concentrate mixed with the cider to creat a very deep raspberry cider. the raspberry is strong and tastes like fresh berries, rather than a juice! 
  • Cider Mead: using a blend of several different honeys: such as apple, clover and blueberry flower honey blended with the cider and fermented in the style of mead we create a rich deep flavored cider with a floral back note to the apple. 
  • Take me home again! this is the deluxe version of the take me home tonight. this is a less dry, sweeter version that stands in stark contrast to the original. our all around winner.

At this point I would like to address the issue of our branding. We know it needs work, we are working on re-branding, looking for a designer to help with labels and logo. these are only a few of the reasons we are presenting this kick starter project. We have a long road a head of us and need a little help to get over a few hills. 

Our current attempts at a logo. we need help!
Our current attempts at a logo. we need help!

 Were we stand today is we need to take our recipes and scale them up! we need to work in larger batches! we need bigger kegs, CO2 tanks, new bottling equipment and lots  more bottles! Basically we need to take what we know and apply it on a much, MUCH larger scale to make sure these recipes and techniques scale for production to bring to market! I'm hoping to have this years batch to farmers markets next summer as aging does take several months over the winter.  Then we hope to reinvest what we make along the way and go full market production in 2015 for the 2016 season! 

My goal is to be a small regional producer for now with hopes of expanding in time! Ultimately I would like to purchase a farm and reach national and maybe international distribution. How ever, today I dream small. I need to make sure I can scale up and make this happen! Are you with me!?

Risks and challenges

the risks and challenges we face are mainly in scale of production. If my goal is met we will 100% be able to do what I am looking to accomplish.

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