Just got the news this morning–Noble Cider has been selected as 1 of 6 companies to do a presentation at Venture Local WNC on Friday, December 7th! I have the honor of presenting on behalf of the Noble team. If you haven’t heard about Venture Local, please check out their site. Very exciting forum for local entrepreneurs of all sorts! Come and get inspired about all that’s going on in our community.
What’s black and white and read all over? The story about Noble Cider in the MountainXpress! Whoo Hoo! There’s no turning back now, folks. It’s fo’ real!!
Thank you to reporter Emily Patrick and photographer Max Cooper for truly capturing our exciderment! Our favorite part: all of it.
It takes a village to raise a company.
On this day of Thanksgiving, we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us make it this far! Thanks to all of you who have let us talk your ear off about apples and prohibition – who have given us hi-fives and encouraging words of “that’s awesome!” when we’ve told you about our idea for a cider company – who have given us money!! – who have been open to our home taste tests. - who have helped us juice. We are grateful for all of you!
We’d like to specifically thank a few folks by name here (in alphabetical order). If there is a link to their business, Noble Cider highly recommends that you spend or give lots of money for their services:
Apple Haven Orchard
Asheville Packing Company
Buck & Marilyn Malcolm
Carrie Turner Photography
Danny of Danny’s Dumpsters
Ed and Kitty Land of Chattooga Belle Farm
Emily Patrick of the Mountain Xpress
Frances “Pete” Malcolm
Gary St. Vincent, CPA
Jeff & Janet Brice
LeBlanc CPA Limited
Michael & Amelia Shore
Paul Weller aeropablodesigns.com
Phyllis & Gonzalo Velez
Robert “Will” Williams
Ron Ainspan and Mountain Food Products
Sky Top Orchard
Steve Poland of AB Tech
Susanne Hackett of Pollinate Consulting
Tim Schaller of Wedge Brewing
Thank you from the bottom of our Noble Hearts!
Today, Noble Cider just got a big leg up on our funding search. We’re happy to announce that we secured a $40,000 loan from AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, western North Carolina’s regional economic development commission. Through their Advantage Opportunity Fund program, Noble Cider will receive not only a loan with great terms, but also business coaching through the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Counsel (BREC). With the infusion of money, we’ll be able to purchase the needed fermentation, filtration, kegging, and refrigeration equipment. And spread the good word that is Noble Cider, i.e. good marketing.
Another WNC company that has received funding through AOF is another fellow fermenter – Buchi Kombucha!
The best part – besides getting geeky on equipment research and planning: we can stop asking our friends and family for money! :)
Over all we have liked our Zambelli MULImax apple grinder. I pulverizes apples in an impressive and satisfying manner. The only problem we have had is with the blades. Because the blades are made from a soft food grade steel we have had problems with the top blade bending and breaking. I brought this problem up with my metal smith friend Paul Weller and he came up the perfect solution of adding braces to the blade. So a big thank you to Paul for saving the day! Check out his amazing handmade teapots.
The last basket of apple for the year!!!
After just 6 short weeks, Noble Cider is done juicing for the season! 2000 gallons, all by hand! We can’t believe it! Now we move on to the other aspects of starting a hard cider company: equipment search, logo work, networking, event planning, relationship building, recipe perfecting, and lots more cider tasting!
1500 gallons of juice. Done. More apples to pick up today. Boo-to-the-yah! Can’t wait to see Noble on tap at the local pubs next year! Now that the pressing is winding down for the season, we can work on all the other tasks. . . . who knew that work could be so fun and fulfilling!