Press release from Noble Cider:
Noble Cider moving to West Asheville
Company will expand production and open tasting room
September 17, 2014 – Asheville, NC – Noble Cider is pleased to announce that it has purchased a 9000 square foot building at 356 New Leicester Highway in West Asheville to serve as their new home for full-scale hard cider production. The new cidery allows the company to increase their production and distribution of its local, craft hard cider, as well as open a tasting room.
“In order to keep up with the growing demand for hard cider, we had to find a larger location,” said Trevor Baker, co-founder and cidermaker. “Not only will we have the potential to grow indefinitely in our expansive new cidery, we will also have a place where cider enthusiasts and newcomers alike can come experience Noble’s ciders first hand.”
The new location will house an apple processing line, a tasting room, a cider garden, and a future packaging line.
Noble Cider entered the market in 2013 with 2000 gallons (63.5 barrels, 7570 liters) of their signature semi-dry “Standard Bearer.” This year, Noble produced 14,000 gallons (444.5 barrels, 52,995 liters) of hard cider and added two new flavors: “Village Tart,” a hard cider with tart cherry; and “Blue Bard,” hard cider fermented with blueberries and honey.
The company’s growth mirrors that of the hard cider industry growth. According to a recent beverage market analysis by Techmonic.com, hard cider sales have increased from 5.4 million cases sold in 2011, to 9.6 million in 2012, to 13.2 million in 2013.
Noble Cider will begin building upfitting the new cidery immediately, and plans to open in the next several months.
About Noble Cider: Our mission at Noble Cider is to craft delicious hard ciders using local Western North Carolina apples. No artificial flavors, colors, or fragrances. 100% all natural and gluten-free. Noble Cider can be found on-tap at over 50 bars and restaurants across the Asheville area including: Wedge Brewing Company, Nine Mile, Westville Pub, Rhubarb, Asheville Pizza and Brewing, Ben’s Tune Up, and all three Green Sage locations. Noble Cider is True to the Core! www.noblecider.com