A Baker City man who has been brewing his own beer for almost 30 years has started a new business fermenting hard fruit cider.
Mark Crowder, who owns Rain Barrel Ciderworks, hopes to begin production late this month after receiving a license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
The Baker County Council endorsed Crowder’s application during its April 23 meeting.
He plans to make apple cider and an apple-cherry blend initially.
Crowder, who moved to Baker City in October 2017 with his wife, Veronica, said he will buy juice from outside sources to start — either Ryan’s Juice in Hood River or a plant in Wenatchee, Washington — but he would like to use local apples eventually.