A chef instructor of mine, upon learning my love of and knowledge-fed desire for all things beer and spirits related, clued me in to the fascinating endeavors of Argus Cidery. As does any consumer of merit, I poured over the web site, I researched product reviews and company history, sought out distributors, and scheduled a visit.
The cidery owners/operators, Wes Mickel and Jules Peterson, have food industry backgrounds, lots of curiosity and drive, and the coolest of attitudes. Their story, to sum up, stems from the thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to figure out how to make apple cider?” And they did. But don’t let that fool you. They are smart, hard working, dedicated, do more than their share of homework, and are some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Their diligence birthed the first hard cidery in Texas. From there, they have blossomed.
My first exposure was as a visitor for one of the weekend tastings and picnics hosted on the cidery grounds. I introduced myself, got a tour of the tiny single press operation, asked a bajillion questions and commenced tasting. I have never been the biggest of cider fans, but this is no sugary college 6 pack product. It is more than worthy of its simple, elegant bottles. The experience is akin to biting into a fresh apple – minus the physicality, plus the alcohol content. But it is not for everyone. We Americans have markedly sweet palettes, and some will find the tartness off putting at first taste. Come back, I say – let it lure you for a second, a third. You won’t be sorry.
I have since made subsequent visits, lending a hand with kitchen preparations and such, picking their constantly turning brains. Basking in the coolness of it all. I excitedly anticipate their upcoming (MAJOR) expansions, new product lines and continued success.
They currently distribute to Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina and through specsonline.com. If you’re interested, be sure to visit arguscidery.com to learn more about them.