- Designed For
- A course for serious entrepreneurs hoping to start a craft cidery or ciderpub
- June 11 - June 15, 2017
- Onsite in Portland, Oregon at Widmer Brothers (929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227)
- $1,275 plus a $60 non-refundable registration fee
Hurry, this course always fill up a few weeks before it starts!
"I don't know how anyone could start a cidery without doing a workshop such as the OSU offering. A cidery is a business. It's not just pitching yeast on juice. There's marketing, management, law, intellectual property, finance and production knowledge - all of those things the OSU course covers in adequate detail. Those who attend can hit the ground running with starting a true cider operation - just like I did."
-Chris Blanchard, 2014 Workshop Attendee and Longdrop Cider Co. Founder
Along with the rise of micro breweries and micro distilleries, the cider industry is seeing increased demand for more flavors and styles of cider.
Changing laws and regulations around the United States have made small cideries a feasible option and the cider market is ready for fresh and innovative home recipes.
Cidery Workshop from the Industry Experts
If you are dreaming of opening your own cidery, join the Craft Cidery Startup Workshop to learn the logistics of starting your own craft cider business.
Taught by seasoned cider industry practitioners, the workshop will walk you through the basics of:
- Business planning
- Understanding market feasibility
- Ingredient sourcing and equipment
- Local and national regulations
- Distribution and marketing
You’ll gain entrepreneurial insight from exclusive access to local cidery founders through presentations and field trips that would be possible nowhere other than Oregon.
Coffee and lunch are provided each day of the class.
What Makes This Craft Cidery Workshop So Unique
What Do Past Students Say?
"The Craft Cidery Startup Workshop was a non-stop week long cider enlightening experience. I had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the evolving cider world from respected cidermakers, network with great cider people from around the country, and got to spend a week in Portland, the heart of cider drinking in America! If you are thinking about getting into the cider business, this is definitely a worthwhile class. Since finishing the workshop I have submitted all of my permit paperwork and hope to be opening a cidery soon!”
-Ronald Sansone, cider traveler/blogger
at DrinkingCider.com and contributor
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What You'll Learn
- Recognition of craft hard cider making opportunities in your community.
- Process to create a sustainable cidery business plan.
- Best practices for growing and marketing your craft hard cidery.
- Development of capital and infrastructure including sourcing ingredients and brewing equipment.
- Entrepreneurial insight from local cidery owners.
- Current trends in the cider industry.
- Elements of a successful cidery business and management culture.
Nick Gunn, co-owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks in Salem, Ore., takes great pride in the heirloom fruits used in Wandering Aengus ciders. Nick works hand-in-hand with producers to find the best varieties of artisan cider apples.
As co-owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks in Salem, Ore., James Kohn has experience working with ingredient sourcing and production. Rather than mimicking large scale commercial cider corporations, James looks for inspiration in the actions and techniques of craft breweries and wine makers who maintain close relationships with their distributors and growers.
I don't know how anyone could start a cidery without doing a workshop such as the OSU offering. A cidery is a business. It's not just pitching yeast on juice. There's marketing, management, law, intellectual property, finance and production knowledge - all of those things the OSU course covers in adequate detail. Those who attend can hit the ground running with starting a true cider operation - just like I did.
It was really fantastic. I was frequently overwhelmed and discouraged by how much I didn't know that I didn't know. But it was a great overview that I hope touched on everything I will need to get me started on the process of creating a business plan.