Off-Dry, clean and crisp drink for the people; our flagship cider. The Unified Press is easy drinking for any occasion. Blend of 10 or so varieties of apples grown in Vermont at Happy Valley Orchards, Kent Ridge Orchards, and Allenholm Farm.
|Citizen Cider was founded in 2011 by Justin Heilenbach, Bryan Holmes and Kris Nelson. Kris was working as a wine salesmen, Bryan as a chemist and Justin as a small farmer. All discontent for one reason or another, they started making test batches of hard cider in Bryan’s basement. Citizen Cider becomes an idea. Kris and Bryan tracked down an old cider press (the image on the Unified Press label) and tended to the batches while Justin moved across the country from Portland, OR. Citizen Cider becomes real. In 2011/2012 Citizen Cider launched its flagship brand, Unified Press, and produced a total of roughly 5000 gallons. As it happened, our cider was popular and it sold out quickly. Citizen Cider starts looking viable. We spent the summer of 2012 trying to figure out how to make and get more cider to the people. We worked on a plan with Stan, the owner Happy Valley Orchards in Middlebury Vermont, and we are currently underway producing 20,000 gallons.|