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Our namesake is a nod to the legend himself, John Chapman - best known as Johnny Appleseed. Known as an eccentric, but devoted conservationist and apple enthusiast, John planted an estate of over 1,000 acres of cider apple trees spanning from West Virginia to Indiana. 

His journey West ended short of the Mississippi River and tragically the majority of cider apple trees were burned to the ground during Prohibition to make room for culinary fruit. Cider was not lost forever though. Orchardists and cidermakers across the country quietly kept the tradition alive well after Prohibition.  

Inspired by the cidermakers on the front line of reviving cider’s prevalence, we set out to create a space to celebrate craft cider and renew people’s love of the drink. We like to think of Thousand Acre Cider House as Johnny’s legacy continued westward. Cider is no longer a quiet tradition, but a drink deserving of the limelight. 

Meet the Team

Founder and Owners

Jenny & James Hagemann

Founders & Owners

Kingston

Kingston
Hagemann

Chief Snuggler & Wiggle Butt

Cider love runs in the family at Thousand Acre Cider House. Jenny & James have been on a quest to find, taste and share craft cider since being introduced to cider-specific apples, orcharding and juice back in 2015. Having had the opportunity to travel to dozens of cideries across the PNW, Great Lakes region, and Old World regions in the UK and France, they've been inspired by both the age-old craft of cidermaking and the recent resurgence of cider's popularity. In 2018, the lingering idea of opening a taproom unapologetically focused on craft cider moved from idea to business planning and building. Kingston, named after the well-loved Kingston Black cider apple, joined the family around the same time.  He assists with cheese and charcuterie tastings happily. 

Jenny is Marketing & Brand Manager and Lead Buyer and is dedicated to Thousand Acre's operations full-time.  She departed from a decade-long career focused on startup sales strategy and brand development to pursue the cider world and hasn't looked back.  Jenny has completed WSU's Cider & Perry Production workshop at the gorgeous Mount Vernon campus and is a proud Certified Cider Professional with the United States Association of Cider Makers.    

James is General Manager and Operations for the business.  An engineer by education and trade, he's often found tinkering and perfecting sound, electronics, draft system, coolers, and everything else that makes the place hum.  

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