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National & International Cider Awards. We have a plan,  hard-working, very creative, and ask for your help to bring our ciders to YOU!
National & International Cider Awards. We have a plan, hard-working, very creative, and ask for your help to bring our ciders to YOU!
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Acme Cider's Story...

What's that saying....necessity is the mother of invention? Indeed! After several years sampling dozens of commercial ciders made in the U.S. and abroad, we just couldn't find what WE liked.  So, we decided to make a hard cider for US! Happens that everyone who has tasted our cider asks for more. No super sweet, liquid-Apple-Jolly-Ranchers-in-a-can cider here. As you probably know, apples are to cider as grapes are to wine, which explains the importance of our secret ingredient:  Apples grown right here on Fruit Ridge in Grand Rapids. Home to 70% of Michigan's apples. Nothing artificial. Our ciders are aged in bourbon barrels. And we will continue to do that along with aging in stainless steel. Lori loves hopped ciders and she's working on perfecting a good one for you. We won't release anything that we don't enjoy ourselves. And hey! Our cider won a couple awards this year which really humbled us and reinforced our well-researched desire to start a craft cidery. We feel it's pretty damn good stuff.

2015 GLINTCAP & AHA awards
2015 GLINTCAP & AHA awards

We won't attempt to write a history of cider but suffice it to say, until the 1900's cider was the drink of choice for Americans and Europeans. It WAS the beverage everyone drank daily.  Several things led up to it's falling out of favor but it's back in a big way. Being gluten-free it's also a natural choice for those who don't drink beer. And Holy Smokes! Hard cider is incredibly versatile.  It pairs well with everything from chips to cheese and a whole lot in between.

And our dream?  We wish to become a commercial cidery. We have a business plan, great cider, tons of energy and plenty of talent to make this happen. Currently, we are using the lower level of our home to make our cider. It's about 850 sq feet and offers separate entrances and is secure. Enough space to get started and hopefully we will outgrow this space soon. At that point we plan to remodel/equip an 1800 sq ft building on our property.

we need to supersize these tanks with variable capacity stainless tanks
we need to supersize these tanks with variable capacity stainless tanks

Anything we've been able to do ourselves, we have. Like designing the Acme logo. We think it's fun and represents our company well (trademarks applied for). We purchased cone bottom tanks and David fabricated the steel bases and outfitted the tanks with sanitary fittings to maximize savings. David also made the rolling carts for the oak barrels. He's pretty darn handy!

So why Kickstarter?  Up until now we have been doing what we can with the limited funds that we have to invest. We take pride in being self-sufficient, but sometimes you must ask for help.  

That's why we're here. Asking you to consider what we wish to bring to you and if possible, help us expand our business.

Label designed by David [note: trademark(s) applied for]
Label designed by David [note: trademark(s) applied for]

Tasting Room Plans...

Another goal of ours is to refit a 1959 Spartan Manor trailer for use as a tasting room.  We think we're well suited to successfully complete this goal. (David designed Airstream's 75th Anniversary Bambi travel trailer.) It's a perfect size and offers great interior space and windows. We own the trailer and, in addition to the other uses of the Kickstarter funds, we would use a portion for this project.

tasting room as imagined...[credit: Thomas Birks]
tasting room as imagined...[credit: Thomas Birks]
tasting room as imagined...[credit: Thomas Birks]
tasting room as imagined...[credit: Thomas Birks]

Rewards! We have tried to create some fun and unique rewards as a thank you for contributing...Very cool glasses, T-shirts, opening party, tours, vintage and new trailer design consultation...You can even name a CIDER!

Mens and women's sizes
Mens and women's sizes
What better way to enjoy ACME Cider. An ACME glass!
What better way to enjoy ACME Cider. An ACME glass!
ACME sticker
ACME sticker

We are indebted to all of our friends in the film and video business for donating their time and talents to create our Kickstarter video. We've been friends and co-workers for many years and your friendships are one of life's great gifts.
Many many thanks!
-David Winick & Lori Tauer

Roadbelly Magazine article about ACME Cider
Roadbelly Magazine article about ACME Cider

UPDATE: August 18th

Lori and I entered 3 ciders in the Michigan Beer Cup. The average score for our 3 entries garnered 2nd place overall. There were over 600+ beer/ciders entered. Another reason to support our Kickstarter campaign.

Risks and challenges

We have additional construction work in the production area to complete, although the bulk of the funds will be for larger stainless steel variable capacity fermentation tanks, a pressurized bright tank, walk-in cooler and supplies that a commercial cidery needs to function properly. We will keg and bottle on a small scale at first. We will also refit the Spartan trailer into a cool mobile tasting room. David's vintage trailer skills will fit the bill for executing that. Most all of the work outside of electrical and plumbing will be done by David, who has an expert knowledge of woodworking, metal working and fabrication. Meaning that the funds will be maximized! We have set the absolute minimum we need as our Kickstarter goal. Anything above that amount would be fantastic!
Thanks for reading this and considering Acme Cider Company for your support!

-Lori Tauer & David Winick

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    Hey, you're a pal!
    You'll receive an ACME Cider decal and a limited edition note card with a personal message from us for being a part of making our dream come true.

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    A sweet ACME Cider logo tasting room glass.
    You'll receive an ACME Cider decal and a limited edition note card with a personal message from us for being a part of making our dream come true.

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    A very cool ACME Logo T-shirt [Please indicate gender & size] OR ACME Cider Tote Bag. You'll also receive an ACME Cider decal, limited edition note card & personal message from us.
    We're behold'in to you!

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    You're the George Washington of ACME Cider!
    YOUR name will be riveted to the wall of the mobile tap room as a FOUNDER of ACME Cider! In addition you'll receive a PAIR of ACME logo tasting room glasses! Plus a limited edition note card, sticker & thank you from us.

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    PARTY like the cider-head you are!
    You'll receive an invitation for one (1) to the ACME Cider GRAND OPENING PARTY! If the mobile tasting room isn’t ready then the party will be on our property at our vintage galvanized steel corn crib.
    Either way, you’ll have one heck of a great night celebrating with us! Dance with a chicken! Special musical guests!
    ACME CIDER SWAG!
    In addition YOUR name will be riveted to the wall of the mobile tap room as a FOUNDER of ACME Cider!

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    You don't live in Michigan? Or you can't attend the party? No worries...
    You're cool and we want to thank you.
    You'll attend the party virtually...You get an 8GB flashdrive jammed with pics of the GRAND OPENING PARTY & life at ACME Cider!
    In addition, a sweet ACME logo glass, a 2-color ACME T-shirt [Please indicate gender & size] In addition YOUR name will be riveted to the wall of the mobile tap room as a FOUNDER of ACME Cider!
    Dig it!

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    An invitation for two (2) to the ACME Cider GRAND OPENING PARTY! If the mobile tasting room isn’t ready then the party will be on our property at our vintage galvanized steel corn crib.
    Either way, you’ll have a blast celebrating with us! Dance with a chicken! Special musical guests!
    In addition YOUR names will be riveted to the wall of the mobile tap room [1959 Spartan Trailer) as a FOUNDER of ACME Cider!

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    NAMING RIGHTS! Our kids already have names...BUT!!!
    Name one of the new fermentation tanks! Yup, your name or whatever name you choose will be affixed onto a stainless fermentation tank and you’ll be acknowledged when we pass by the tanks. This includes admission for 2 to the taproom grand opening party and your name riveted to the wall in the mobile tap room [1959 Spartan Trailer) as a FOUNDER of
    ACME Cider. You will also receive a very cool ACME Logo T-shirt [Please indicate gender & size] and an ACME Logo tasting room glass.
    You are immortal..

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    Spend an afternoon in the country!!!
    You will receive an afternoon tour for two [2] of our facility and a private cider tasting with Lori and David. You’ll also bring home a dozen organic brown eggs served up by our chickens as a way for them to thank you as well!
    Your name will be riveted to the FOUNDERS WALL in the mobile tap room. [1959 Spartan Trailer) What the heck!!
    Plus you'll bring home a pair of ACME Logo tasting room glasses.
    "You're a sport!" as my father would say...

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    You will be IMMORTAL!!
    NAME AN ACME CIDER! Yup, NO KIDDING! We’ll incorporate your idea into a name for one of our ciders.
    Clearly there are legal and tasteful limits but most anything goes! Name one after your mother or mother-in-law! She’ll be SO flattered to see her name on a bottle!! OR NOT.
    You’ll also get an invite for 2 to the opening night party and your name riveted to the wall in the mobile tap room as a FOUNDER of ACME Cider. You’ll also receive a pair of tickets to the opening night party, an ACME Logo T-Shirt
    [please indicate size] and a pair of ACME Logo tasting room glasses. Hell Yea!

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    Put me down as an angel benefactor. Or rockstar. Or superfly superstar.
    You're helping fund a dream. Or two.

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    Lori will show you why she’s considered a gourmet cook and I will keep your glasses full at a private dinner for you and 3 of your friends. We’ll sample cider and tour the facility.
    Heck! If you wish, David will even take everyone for a back-roads hay-ride behind his ‘62 International Scout 4x4!
    And of course you get everything listed in the previous awards including our heart-felt thanks.

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    If you have a vintage trailer David will offer personal design and repair advice as long
    as you own the unit or are entertaining the notion of purchasing one. This could be worth thousands in design assistance and help you avoid costly restoration errors.
    He wrote the book on Custom Airstreams (Literally!) You can also use his knowledge for TINY HOUSE design. Small spaces!!
    You will also receive a signed, personalized copy of his book “Airstreams, Custom Interiors” published by Schiffer Books. David is known internationally for his work with small spaces.

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    Hey Acme Cider!
    I can't take it with me. Please put this to good use and don't make me regret this.

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