Black Bear Cider Co. was established in 2016 on the 200th anniversary of our family nursery. We have been growing fruit trees since 1816, introducing such apple varieties to the world as the famed Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, and many more!
Now, there is a cider resurgence happening in the United States, and being rooted in such rich apple history, it’s disappointing there aren’t more cideries in our part of the country. With a passion for fruit growing, the art of making cider, and honoring our heritage, we felt a moral obligation to “saddle our horse” and lead the revolution, bringing authentic cider to Missouri! Given our history and devotion to the almighty apple, we have been called “Aristocrats of Appledom,” which is a title we bear very seriously.
As a small batch cidery, from graft to craft, we’re able to pay attention to detail, having a hand in every step of the process. Most cideries are forced to purchase juice from large, out-of-state, commercial presses, ferment in large batches, and turn product in as little as two weeks; this affects both quality and authenticity. We trade scions with other orchardists, graft our own trees and source local ingredients from the hand-picked apples we press to the Missouri oak staves in our barrels.
We follow a traditional winery model, planting in the Spring, harvesting in the Fall, and fermenting throughout the Winter. This enables us to use local terroir to our advantage, respect the character of the apple and create a wonderfully unique experience for our customers. Some of our ciders include annual orchard blends, single varietals, specialty and barrel-aged ciders and limited releases.
Currently, our ciders can be enjoyed on tap at Beer Outside. The Beer Outside truck is a portable beer garden, found cruising the streets of St. Louis, and pouring craft cider, wine and beer in our local parks and venues. For up-to-date information on where they’ll be and when, check them out at www.beeroutside.com
. In the near future, we plan to also offer bottles at other local bottle shops and boutiques. Stay tuned!