Meriwether Cider | Our Story
BOISE, Idaho
– Jupiter’s Cider is a partnership between the Boise based Meriwether Cider and the Idaho Black History Museum (IBHM) to pay homage to the enslaved people who contributed greatly to the beginnings of cider making in America. The cider’s name is based on Jupiter Evans, an enslaved man belonging to Thomas Jefferson. Evans was an integral part of Jefferson’s household and was in charge of the very precise and important work of overseeing the apple-crushing, pressing, and cider-making at Monticello. With this cider Meriwether hopes to pay tribute to a fellow cider-maker whose history should never be forgotten. Jupiter’s Cider is a single-varietal made from Newtown Pippin apples, the same apples Evan’s would have used at Monticello during his lifetime. It is a semi-dry “Pét-Nat” style cider, meaning it has undergone secondary fermentation in-bottle to produce small delicate champagne-like bubbles.

100% of proceeds from Jupiter’s Cider will go directly to the IBHM to fund their work in supporting the unique cultural fabric of Idaho by telling the often overlooked history of Black Idahoans.

Feb 12th The release of Jupiter’s Cider will come with a free Zoom seminar on Feb. 12th at 7pm. The first part of the seminar will be a tasting of Jupiter’s Cider (bottles will be available to purchase starting 2/2 at both MC locations, online for pickup, or shipping to 39 states at the second part of the seminar will be a presentation by Phillip Thompson, the Executive Director of the Idaho Black History Museum, on the contributions Black Americans have made in this country. This will be followed by a “Happy Hour” where participants will be able to chat, ask questions, and have meaningful discussions. Anyone interested can sign up HERE

Purchasing Jupiter’s Cider for the Zoom Seminar is not required to join, all are welcome.

WHO: Meriwether Cider & Idaho Black History Museum

WHAT: Jupiter’s Cider Release & Black History Seminar WHERE: Zoom (bottle purchases at Meriwether Cider Taproom and Cider House)

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 12th, 7p.m. HOW MUCH: Free to attend, optional purchase of $20 bottle of Jupiter’s Cider for guided tasting.

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About Meriwether Cider
An award-winning cider company founded in 2016 and based in Garden City, ID. It is owned and operated by the Leadbetter Family; parents Ann and Gig and daughters Molly and Kate. Meriwether has modern ciders made from fresh-pressed Northwest apples as well as innovative flavors such as blackberry, ginger, hopped, and more! Meriwether has a taproom in Garden City, and Idaho’s first Cider House that has 20 taps including Meriwether’s own and ciders from around the country and the world right in downtown Boise.

About Idaho Black History Museum:
The museum is dedicated to supporting the unique cultural fabric of Idaho by telling the often overlooked history of Black Idahoans. 2021 is the 100th year anniversary of the church that housed Idaho’s first Black church and now IBHM. (Founded in 1909 and erected in 1921) The museum’s executive director is Phillip Thompson.

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