Upstream Cider is official!

Our first cider has been released for distribution through the Badger State Winery Cooperative. You can learn about our cider, find out where our apples come from, and find a list where to get a bottle in your neck of the woods.

Wild Fermentation

Lucky for us, yeast is everywhere. When we crush and press our apples, the yeast on their skin and in their flesh incorporates into the juice that will become our cider. After filling a tank, we let it sit for at least a few hours with the lid open to ensure that the yeast has enough oxygen to inoculate the entire batch. When we are convinced the batch has started (whether by froth or clock) we close the lid and put on the airlock for the primary fermentation to begin.

Over time our yeasts will change. Every apple from a new orchard will introduce new elements to our culture. On the other hand, we will also develop our own unique consistency. The successful yeasts will linger in our cider-house and contribute to our ciders each year. Just as a good sourdough culture and a diligent baker develop great breads, our partnership with wild yeasts allows us to create unique and flavorful ciders. We look forward to sharing an evolution of ciders for years to come!

Seeking Apple Growers

We are actively seeking both new and established apple growers in Wisconsin for short or long-term purchasing contracts. This season we plan to purchase 40000# of apples and we plan to increase our production significantly over the next few years.

We are specifically interested in purchasing apples from:

    • -Orchards transitioning to organic production (whether all or part), and,
    • -Certified Organic Orchards, and,
              -Orchards that do not spray herbicides or other pesticides

We are also seeking apple growers interested in adding additional organic or no spray production.

Please contact us for more information.