We believe that cider should be something beautiful. It should be simple. It should be about the land, the people who grow the apples, the people who drink the cider, and the connections between us all.
It started with just us, Marie and Matt Raboin. Brix Cider was a dream we imagined together over several years and over many glasses of cider. We've had a lot of help and support from friends and family who have volunteered their time and labor in everything from cleaning up the farm and planting trees to making and tasting cider. We've also had some great babysitters who've stepped in when we were in a pinch. We'd be a sinking ship without everyone's support. Since our humble beginnings, we’ve been lucky to add a great team of experienced people to keep this business growing and to bring our dreams to fruition.
We planted our first trees in 2014 and have added more each year since. We're now at about 1,000 trees and counting. The orchard is a living experiment. We are trying out over 100 varieties of cider apples to see which ones we like best, and over the years, we'll plant more of our favorites. We're also growing some cherries, pears, plums, apricots, and black raspberries which will likely find their way into a cider one day.
We’ve been experimenting with ciders for over 10 years. We’ve tested countless varieties from numerous orchards around the state, and we’ve learned that each orchard and each apple has it’s own personality. We try to make those personalities shine in our ciders by crafting small batches from single orchard origins. At the time of writing, we’ve sourced apples from 18 Wisconsin orchards for our commercial ciders, and we pick most of the apples ourselves through unique orchard partnerships. Our tasting room features 12 tap lines, and we regularly rotate tap lines to bring in new ciders from new orchards and unique apple varieties. We mix in other fruits, hops, honey, and other ingredients to keep things interesting, and we always strive to maintain the integrity of our local sourcing. Making cider is a never ending learning experience, and as we continue to hone our craft, we'll bring our very best to you.
Brix Cider is located at 119 S 2nd St in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. We are right on the Military Ridge bike trail in a beautiful downtown with lots of quaint shops, the Driftless Historeum, and nearby tourist destinations like Blue Mounds State Park, Cave of the Mounds, and Tyrol Basin. We have a map posted here. Come visit!