Reveille Ciderworks opened its doors in Astoria in August 2017. Today, the purveyor of craft, pre-prohibition-style American hard ciders is looking to double its production.
“We’ve been working with Jack Ficken at Clatsop Community Bank to take on debt to expand,” said Jeremy Towsey-French, owner of Reveille Ciderworks. “It’s possible to build a successful business here in 780 square feet,” he said, referring to his existing footprint, but demand has outpaced existing production capacity.
“I like that Clatsop Community Bank helps local businesses grow,” Jeremy said. “I don’t see them as just a bank, but as a financial partner.” Jeremy also noted that Clatsop was the only bank in town that had a human answer the phone on his first call and didn’t charge a fee to set up a business account. “They’re just easy to work with,” he said.
Jeremy worked in Portland’s high tech industry for more than 20 years when he and his family realized they were ready for a change. Becoming part of the maker economy in Astoria–a place he and his wife visited often–was attractive, and the craft cider niche was full of opportunity. He found enthusiastic support from the Northwest Cider Association, as well as Astoria’s existing brewers and distillers.
Towsey-French’s investment in Astoria is not all-business, either. The company gives time and financial resources to local projects and organizations, and is developing a formal giving program.