Take a few windy roads through the neighborhoods of Bellingham toward the freeway, duck under I-5 and into a business park that seems to be only office buildings. To the surprise of many Bellingham beverage connoisseurs, there’s a new hidden gem at 1200 Meador Ave.
In what looks like a typical brick warehouse on the east side of town, now lies what will be a brand new local cider hub, Lost Giants Cider Company.
Lost Giants, made up of three previous members of the team at Kulshan Brewing Co., Abraham Ebert, Brad Wilske, and Chris Noskoff, has been making strides towards a strong opening in late spring. This could mean early May, give or take a month, but for now, they are focusing on making a quality product and integrating into the growing local cider industry.
You may be thinking, ‘what local cider industry???’ For years, the only cider available in Bellingham was Ciderhead cans, from our dear friends at Honey Moon. Now, you can find local cider at Bellingham Cider Company, which opened in February and has been making small-batch ciders and serving delicious local food for the last two months.
Now, a new kind of cidery is opening in town. Lost Giants Cider Company is planning on primarily being a production cider maker eventually, starting with their tasting room opening this spring.
Head Cidermaker, Abe Ebert, was the head brewer at Kulshan Brewing Co., and has dabbled in the world of cider for years. About a year ago, Ebert, Wilske and Noskoff decided that in the booming industry of craft brewing, Bellingham could use a quality cider maker. Thus was born, Lost Giants Cider Company, named after majestic Washington old-growth forests appreciated by all three owners, each of which are avid bikers and hikers.
“The sky is the limit with cider”
“We all left Kulshan at different times and each played a different role there. We worked really well together and decided to partner up and do our own thing, the way we wanna do it,” Wilske said.
Cider wasn’t familiar territory for the Lost Giants trio. Ebert had made small batches of cider at home over the years, and dove deeper into cider making last summer. With breweries opening seemingly every 6 months in Bellingham, Ebert, Wilske and Noskoff decided to use their combined industry skill sets to see how they could impact the local cider scene.