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.
Alex Kruse is a native Oregonian who is passionate about music. After venturing to L.A. for years studying at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and producing and recording his music, he eventually found his way back to his Salem stomping grounds. For the last five years, he’s focused his efforts in the service industry, so he’s a familiar face around town. We’re excited to have Alex conduct all our music bookings and coordinate all our events at the taproom. He even performs at the cidery on occasion, so next time you’re in, say hi to Alex – you’re bound to be entertained and share a laugh.
Aaron Padilla was born on a U.S. Army base in Germany and has lived all across the U.S. Although he focused his studies in Chemistry at the University of Arizona, he eventually moved to Oregon to study Fermentation Science. Aaron has made cider at home for years, and his passion for cider is clear. He's currently finishing his Winemaking degree at Chemeketa Community College and has been learning all aspects of 1859 Cider Co. His lab and chemistry knowledge combined with his construction experience make him well suited for diving in to help manage the much larger batches of premium cider on the production floor.
Abby Lesh is a Salem, Oregon native who loves learning about locally crafted wine and ciders. While she’s not working for the State of Oregon, you’ll likely find her either spending time with Lincoln, her awesome five year old sidekick or perhaps in the taproom serving up our cider. Abby has a long history in the service industry, so we’re thrilled to have her as part of our team. Stop in and meet Abby – she might even show you a new Salsa move she’s mastered, all the while with a smile on her face.