We are cider lovers, tasters & experimenters in Edmonton (aka #YEG), Alberta, Canada.
Our love of cider has grown exponentially over the past few years and we decided it was time to make a space on the internet for it. In our spare time, you will find us working in our urban orchard, visiting craft and artisan booze makers for tours and tastings, taking in classes to learn from experts in food production, cidermaking, and orcharding or just relaxing with a cider on a patio with friends (#CiderSunday).
Our devotion to cider has a foundation in our passion for our local community. We believe in learning where our food comes from, supporting local businesses, building community in our neighbourhood and city, and connecting with people who have knowledge to share. To us, cider is the culmination of these beliefs and our venue to express that passion. It has become our mission and philosophy.
About Nathan Smith
Nathan is a graduate of Peter Mitchell’s Cider & Perry Academy through Washington State University and a certified cidermaker through the Cider Institute of North America. He is our urban orchardist, and takes the lead on pruning, grafting and training the fruit trees. If you’ve got a question about a style of cider, which apple to add to your recipe, or a tree in your backyard, Nathan will know the answer or spend hours researching to find out!
Nathan has always liked cooking and experimenting with flavours; this translated into a love of making and inventing cocktails. After inheriting some old fermentation equipment from his Ukrainian family, he ventured into the realm of making things like sauerkraut, kombucha and a brief stint in making wine. His interest in local fruit trees, drinks, and fermentation led naturally to cidermaking. Nathan loves the openness and opportunities of cider and the ability to try new things. He especially likes working with the flavours that he and many other Edmontonians grew up with such as back alley rhubarb, sun-drenched raspberries, and mouth puckering crabapples.
First trained as a civil engineer, Nathan went back to study urban planning to get a better understanding of the human elements involved in city building. His day job currently balances in the zone somewhere between the technical and human knowledge. He brings his passion for community building and interest in combining both science and art to his cidermaking journey.
About Kristy Rhyason
If you reach out to us on social media, you are probably talking to Kristy. She is the creative talent behind our social media, website, and graphic design. By day, Kristy runs a marketing and communications consulting business but her true passion is yegcider and all that it entails. Kristy is a Certified Cider Professional through the United States Association of Cider Makers.
Kristy has taken part in sustainable living and community building initiatives all over the world including interning at an ecotourism non-profit in Ecuador and at a live-in permaculture project in a tiny village in the south of Spain. She has also used her skills locally to teach food production and gardening skills in a multicultural preschool classroom. These types of experiences have shaped Kristy’s love of growing food and making it into tasty things to share with her community!
Besides gardening, Kristy is our expert forager; she can spot a feral apple tree while driving at 100 km/hr with no problem and can easily fill any container she finds with fruit to turn to cider. As a foster parent for ZOE’s Animal Rescue Society, she is also responsible for the constant ebb and flow of animals in our house (and sometimes on our yegcider social media!). Kristy’s favourite part of yegcider is traveling to visit local farmers, cideries and other booze makers and chatting about cider to anyone who will listen.