Started in 2013, the founders of Texas Keeper Cider are long-time friends Brandon Wilde, Lindsey Peebles, and Nick Doughty. All three were born and raised in Austin, and Nick has a background working in New Zealand wineries. He is the cidery’s Cidermaker. Assisting him is former homebrewer Brandon, who also takes care of sales. Lindsey, meanwhile, handles events and legal matters. The three specialize in creating small batch, dry and well-balanced ciders.
Texas Keeper Cider takes its name from an apple variety that used to be cultivated in Lamar County, Texas in the 1880s, the Hicks’ Texas Keeper. Now believed to be extinct, the variety nicknamed “keepers” were “apples that stored well (and) improved with age”.
Besides ciders, the kid friendly and dog friendly taproom also offers wines, meads, and snacks.
Founder Wes Mickel was only 25 when he set out to establish Argus Cidery in 2010. A trained chef and hobbyist beer brewer, he created his first cider in high school using commercial brand apple juice and packaged yeast. After culinary school and working as a recipe tester for a star chef, he moved to Austin to start creating his cider operation. His first products used Texas-grown apples, until the cidery eventually moved on to include other fruit sources. Argus Cidery focuses on making “dry hard ciders, perrys, and other 100% fruit fermentables – never pasteurized – and free of added sugars”. The tasting room at Pauls Valley Road is also open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. This is also the best place to test out their new, experimental offerings. They also offer cider by the flight or by the glass and sell bottles-to-go.
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