It started with two longtime friends, a cousin’s basket press, and a brother’s apple tree. In cliché terms, the rest is history. Tyler Butcher and Logan Barger have been friends since the days of Little League Baseball, and have grown up going to the same high school and rooming together during their college years. It was then that they got their first taste of cider. Years later they decided to give it a go at making hard cider themselves. Many batches later, their family and friends actually enjoyed drinking the cider they were making. Kekionga Cider Company no longer was just a thought, it was about to become a reality.
Goeglein Mill, where Kekionga Cider Company resides, had recently been re-purchased by the Don and Greg Goeglein, as it had been out of the family for many years. Seeing the potential in the building for a unique and one of a kind atmosphere, Kekionga Cider Company teamed up with the Goeglein’s to become Fort Wayne’s first, and original, hard cider.
Kekionga Cider Company has been able to find its home at the mill and has started to produce great tasting and easy drinking hard cider for its northeast Indiana community. Come visit the mill and enjoy a glass, or three, of Fort Wayne’s original hard cider.
Our head cidermaker comes to Kekionga with over 6 years of wine and spirits sales experience, is a certified sommelier, and has 4 years of home cidermaking and 1 year of professional cidermaking under his belt. His love and passion for apples and cider has allowed Kekionga to achieve award winning ciders before the company was even 1 year old.