CORVALLIS, Ore. (KMTR) -- A Corvallis cider house is putting the finishing touches on a huge new expansion, bringing more space, new capacity and a chance to make their product a household name.
“2 Towns Ciderhouse” will hold a grand opening for its new building on Highway 34 in Corvallis on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.
The building represents explosive growth for the business, which started two years ago in a rented garage. Now, 2 Towns’ new facility is tailor made for brewing, giving the business a chance to spread across the Pacific Northwest.
The building is about eight times the size of 2 Town’s old space in the Eastgate Business Center on Highway 34.
“We have floor drains, we have the waters we need, clean-ups much easier, we have the facility to keep our temperatures perfect during fermentation,” says Lee Larsen, co-owner of 2 Towns Ciderhouse.
The space is much needed for their booming business of brewing hard apple cider.
"To be at this point, I never imagined,” says Larsen.
Three Corvallis natives and school friends, Lee Larsen, David Takush and Aaron Sarnoff-Wood launched 2 Towns Ciderhouse in 2010.
In two years, 2 Towns has more than quintupled its brewing capacity, going from 1,500 gallons of space to 5,000 to 6,000 gallons.
"It's just awesome, wake up everyday and I'm excited,” says Larsen.
The cider house's product is now flying off the shelves in Corvallis, Eugene, Portland and other Oregon and Washington markets, catching the pallets of beer drinkers, wine drinkers and cider lovers.
"We make craft cider,” says David Takush, chief scientist for 2 Towns Ciderhouse.
"The same people that are looking for a double IPA or a big chocolate stout are willing to try these traditional hard ciders that maybe aren't as sweet most people think hard cider should be,” says Takush.
Along with a barrel aging room, the new building also features 2 Towns’ first tasting room, which will be open five days a week. As far as distribution, the cider house is also working on plans now to spread to Idaho and Alaska next.
“We’re hoping to bring cider as a mainstay back to the American table, it once was the most common drink in America and it's fun seeing a resurgence, we'd like to be a part of that,” says Aaron Sarnoff-Wood.
2 Towns Ciderhouse will hold a grand opening at its new building from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th, 2012. The celebration will feature music, food and cider for $2 per 9 ounce glass. You have to be 21 to get in. The address is 33930 SE Eastgate Circle, Corvallis, Oregon.
For more information about the cider house, click the following link: http://2townsciderhouse.com/