All profits 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.
Jupiter’s Cider is a partnership between 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.
FREE EVENT FOR RELEASE!
Friday, Feb. 12th, at 7pm
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 online for pickup or at both MC locations) 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 a bottle of Jupiter's Cider is not required to attend this event, everyone is welcome.