Our back to basics philosophy brings you the connection to the land that the fruit was grown. Visit our taproom in historic downtown Salem and see that connection for yourself. At 1859 Cider Co., we're proud producers bringing you seven generations of farming in Salem, Oregon.
Dan comes from a long line of farming in the Willamette Valley. His background includes a B.S. in Agriculture Business Management and a minor in Biology from OSU. After years of working as an environmental scientist, Dan earned two degrees in both Winemaking and Vineyard Management and has worked in the Oregon wine industry since 2010 alongside Patricia. Dan's proud of his Salem heritage and his entry into the alcohol industry making apple pie moonshine in the back woods of Oregon at an early age - the statute of limitations are up, right?
Patricia hails from Georgia, which means she didn't realize alcohol could be packaged in something other than plastic or a jug until she moved out west. Her background includes a B.S. in Ecology and M.S. in Environmental Science focused on tree canopy science and soils. After spending her career in the environmental field, she went back to school to earn degrees in Winemaking and Vineyard Management. She's been working in the Oregon wine industry since 2010 alongside Dan. While she feels she missed her calling as a backup dancer to a bad 80's pop group, she's thrilled to run the day-to-day operations at the cidery.
Brandon Day is an Oregonian through and through, growing up in Salem. After high school, Brandon moved to Portland where he attended Portland State University and earned degrees in Management, as well as Supply and Logistics. Since falling into the wine industry in 2013, Brandon has been involved in vineyard management, production, hospitality, marketing, and sales. When he is not enduring the labors of the craft beverage, he's out enjoying the great Pacific Northwest hiking, hunting, and fishing. Meet Brandon in the tasting room or see him soon in an establishment near you bringing a keg of 1859 Cider.
Michael Vinci Germar originates from the Northeast where he studied International Relations at McDaniel College. While he has pondered the many problems in the Middle East, he’s been quite busy learning how to make premium ciders for Eden Ice Cider in Vermont and doing hands on construction in Chico, California. Yes, Michael possesses the skills needed to be the best cider cellar assistant ever: construction background, climbing skills for harvesting cider fruit in some very tall trees, fermentation background, sarcasm and wit, and let’s not forget the required beard. Come see Michael hard at work on the production floor.
Robert Taylor hails from the fine city of Rochester, NY, a not far removed destination from the Finger Lakes and upstate New York's apple growing region. A graduate of the University of Dayton with a dual major in Communication and Political Science, Robert moved to Oregon in 2006 to change careers and get a degree in Winemaking and Vineyard Management. For the past 11 years, he has worked in the wine industry as a Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker and most recently was a Head Cidermaker for another outfit in Oregon. In addition to his cellar chops, he is also a Taurus and is the only employee who's vocabulary can out compete Patricia.