Christine Walter is the cidermaker and visionary of Bauman’s Cider. She grew up on an apple farm in Oregon runned by her family. As she tells it, Angry Orchard’s “Crisp” was the first cider she ever tasted and it was a wake up moment that helped her realize that her family could ferment and sell cider too.
Bauman’s is a destination farm these days with a farm stand and events taking place year round. It has a deli coffee shop, bakery, garden center, country store and now a cidery.
In 2015 she took the well know cider course by Peter Mitchell.
The family was already pressing 50,000 gallons of fresh pressed apple juice. The first year the cidery used 3000 gallons, the next year 10,000 gallons, in year 3 the cidery used 50,000 which required her to source apples from off the farm. In short she went from the classic Peter Mitchell model of a basic 10×10 foot cidery to a 3000 square foot operation. Despite the added space, she sees the need for more. Christine’s rough estimate of current juice used in production is round about 100,000 gallons – twice the amount pressed at one time for just the fresh juice market.
Here the full story as told by Christine in this episode from her Great, Great Grandmother’s homestead. Her Great Grandfather Stephen lived his whole life on the farm and also made cider back in the day. Stephen is actually the man standing on all of Bauman’s flagship cider labels.
Bauman’s Cidery Goal & Products
The goal is to remain a local product and not look to produce or the wider market outside of Gervais, Oregon.
- Loganberry – hear Christine explain how to process Loganberries for cider, a bit of history of loganberries at Bauman Farm.
- All our Berries – blend of all the delicious berries that Bauman’s can supply!
Traditional Ciders at Bauman’s
- Small batch (100-300 gallon) single varietal ciders
Contact Bauman’s Cider
Address: Bauman’s Cider at Bauman Farms
12989 Howell Prairie Rd NE,
Gervais, Oregon 97026
Mentions in this Chat
Northwest Cider Club – The final special cider box for the end of the year 2021 features Montana, Idaho ciders in the Discover Box and Elevated Box
- CiderCon2022 – sign up today for the Richmond, Virginia cider conference
- The Place cider – a cider bar in Portland, Oregon
- Audio clips from Season 3 of Cider Chat
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