Golden State Cider was founded on Devoto Orchards in Sebastopol, California in 2012. The dry farmed, heirloom apples being grown were already being sold at local farmers markets, and cider provided a new way for buyers to enjoy them. Our first ciders were made from 100% fresh-pressed juice, celebrating the terroir and elevating apples as a fruit. As we’ve grown, these principles continue to lead the way.
Our goal is to keep apple trees in the ground, and with that came the idea to produce high-quality craft cider that highlights the regions where the apples are from. We want to celebrate the rich heritage and apple diversity across the west coast by continuing to use 100% fresh pressed west coast apple juice. This is our 'why,' and our path to truly becoming the Golden State's Cider. This is what we stand by in everything that we do.
To fulfill this mission we plan to grow as California's largest apple purchaser in the category. We will continue to collaborate with generation-old apple orchards and farmers from premier growing regions throughout the state to create authentic orchard-to-can experiences that pay homage to the unique terroir and apple varietals of each specific orchard.
Apple tons purchased by year:
2016 (1036 tons), 2017 (2139 tons), 2018 (4127 tons), 2019 (5012 tons), 2020 (6265 tons)
Golden State Cider Commitments
Along the way, we have partnered with non-profits who align in our values and are just as committed to supporting and sustaining California as we are. A portion of our proceeds are donated directly to these foundations.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
For over 30 yrs, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has worked to protect ocean life for future generations by inspiring young and old with the beauty and wonder of the ocean.
Farm to Pantry
A Sonoma County non-profit dedicated to ending food insecurity by connecting community members with farms and farmers who have unsold and unharvested produce.
Joshua Tree, California
Our support lends toward maintaining the beauty and integrity of Joshua Tree National Park’s unique ecosystems. A mission to help in its achievement of programming goals in education, scientific and historic research and activities.
Our support lends toward the protection of the redwood forest; funding education, science and restoration; and allows visitors to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Our support lends toward the protection of the Giant Sequoias; funding research, preservation and fire restoration to preserve the history groves for future generations.
Redwood Empire Food Bank
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border.
Slow Food Russian River
A division of Slow Food International, this worldwide organization is dedicated to a global system that provides good food, a clean environment, fair pay, and food justice for all.
health & safety
The health and safety of our employees, customers and community comes first, always. With a global pandemic at our forefront, we have made a progressive shift in many of our processes and procedures. Both our taproom and production facility have implemented higher standards of safety regulations with additional cleaning, staff temperature check-in, PPE requirements, and social distancing.
Monday - Wednesday: 1pm-8pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12pm - 9pm
Sunday - 12pm - 8pm
Hours subject to change. Please visit our Taproom page for more information.
equality & Diversity
One of our core values at the foundation of our company is embracing diversity and respect. At Golden State Cider we are committed to all forms of equality - we stand in solidarity in the fight against systemic racism and injustice. We will continue to educate ourselves in this space and advocate for open discussion throughout the company. We have committed to monthly donations to the ACLU while matching all employee donations to organizations advocating for human rights and justice. We are dedicated to supporting equality throughout our company and community. We will remain proactive, listen, learn and continue to grow because we believe that we all have the potential to do better.
We have currently donated to:
The American Civil Liberties Union
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Centro Latino de San Francisco
Latino Service Providers