|John Stark Logan|
|St. Louis, MO 63130|
With passions for growing fruit, the art of making cider, and honoring Missouri’s rich apple history, Black Bear Cider Co. was established in 2016 to bring authentic craft cider to the "Show Me State." As a small batch cidery – from graft to craft – we pay attention to every detail, having a hand in each step of the cidermaking process.
Many cideries choose to rehydrate apple juice concentrate of unknown origin, which affects both quality and authenticity. We trade scions with other orchardists and graft many of our own trees, which enables us to incorporate antique cider varieties and native Missouri apples into our ciders. Adopting the black bear as our totem of good vigor, we source local ingredients, from the hand-picked apples we press to the Missouri oak staves in our barrels.
Black Bear Cider Co. follows a traditional winery model, planting in the Spring, harvesting in the Fall, fermenting through the Winter, and aging throughout the year. 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, and specialty and barrel-aged ciders.
Currently, our ciders can be found for purchase at any Wine & Cheese Place, Gezellig, Saint Louis Hop Shop, and Two Rivers Marina. They can also be enjoyed on tap at Beer Outside, a portable beer garden, found cruising the local streets and parks (for up-to-date information on where they can be found, visit www.beeroutside.com). We also plan to open our tasting room very soon, so keep up with us on our website and social media!