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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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