Yonder Cider, one of Washington’s popular independent cider producers, is changing the game of craft cider as they celebrate two wild years in business. To celebrate, Yonder will be hosting a party at their Ballard taproom on Saturday, August 27th from 12:00 – 7:00 pm, with limited releases, on-site screen printing, one-of-a-kind cider slushies, food from Popular Layers Sandwich Co., and more.
Created out of a true love for cider and all things apples, Yonder Cider launched in August 2020 during the heart of the pandemic, selling its first cans out of the founder’s garage in Phinney Ridge. In just two years, Yonder has expanded statewide, growing by more than 240% in the past year, with an anticipated 200,000 gallons in 2022. Produced in Wenatchee, the growing cidery prides itself on a blend of culinary and bittersweet apples, producing ciders as beautiful and bold as the packaging they come in.
“It feels like two years and twenty years all at the same time,” said Caitlin Braam, founder of Yonder Cider. “Launching and growing during a pandemic wasn’t easy, but it made us who we are today. From the first day we opened the garage door to our beloved Yonder Bar to the pints and cans we sell across the state today, the love and support we have felt from our fans and community has been beyond anything we could have imagined.”
Since the early days, Yonder has strived to think outside the box when it comes to business. In 2021, Braam worked with Seattle’s City Council to pass the “Bringing Business Home” bill, loosening home business regulations and allowing small businesses entrepreneurs like Yonder to get started in their garage. Later that year, she worked with Bale Breaker Brewing Company to navigate and take advantage of a new bill allowing distilleries to share their taprooms with cideries/wineries and breweries. After opening a small distillery, Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker were the first to be able to take advantage of the bill. Their joint BBYC taproom, located in Ballard’s popular Brewing District, opened September 2021 and has quickly become a hot spot to grab a beverage and gather friends, offering expansive indoor/outdoor seating, retail space, a vintage photo booth, cider slushies, and 32 taps of beer and cider.
Yonder’s blend of modern and traditional apples creates ciders as balanced, bright and complex as the land they come from, and has proven to be a recipe for success. Yonder’s unique approach creates ciders that are more full-flavored and complex than traditional modern ciders, while still remaining affordable and wrapped in packaging that’s perfect for any occasion. From their popular Dry to the cocktail-inspired seasonals, there’s cider for every taste. Available in cans and on draft at bars, restaurants, bottle shops and grocery stores throughout Washington state, Yonder’s ever growing selection of ciders are also available at their Ballard taproom and for shipping to more than 40 states online at yondercider.com/buy-cider.