Apple of your stein

Trevor Baker Max Cooper

Many wonderful things come from the Wedge — the beer, the food truck fare, the pigeons. And now, Asheville's first locally made cider is available at there too.

On Wednesday, June 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Fletcher-based, micro-cidery will party to commemorate its first release, the “summer blend.”

“I liked to say we're ex-cidered,” says Joanna Baker with a smile. She owns the business with her husband, Trevor, and their friends, Lief Stevens and Meda Thurston.

“It's lighter bodied, tart,” Trevor says, describing the summer blend. “It's got a little bit of sweetness to it.”

Noble's first batch is something of a departure from commercial ciders, so don't expect a glass full of Woodchuck. It's a little on the dry side and light in color and body. At 7.5 percent ABV, it's strong for cider, but not boozy. It's sweetened with Pink Lady apple juice, but it doesn't have a big apple flavor. Trevor compares it to a vinho verde.

The Wedge is Noble's first account, but it will be on draft at Rosetta's Kitchen and Bobo Pho in the coming weeks.

As the business grows, Noble hopes to have an increased presence on tap and in bottles. When apple season starts in late summer, it plans to amp up production to at least 6,000 gallons and begin bottling.

For more information about Noble Cider, visit, or check out Xpress' November feature story at


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