Episode 083: Right Bee Cider - Katie Morgan & Charlie Davis
Co-owners Katie Morgan and Charlie Davis were introduced by a mutual friend in Chicago in the summer of 2011. Charlie was a professional brewer in Chicago at the time. He decided to try and woo her by making a hard cider for her birthday. It worked, and Right Bee Cider was born.
Right Bee Cider officially launched in November 2014, after two years of planning and preparation.
The Chicago-based duo has taken the city by storm, creating a unique, unfiltered, dry cider that is currently on tap at 30 bars and restaurants around the city. They are the only two people in their company, and have done everything themselves since the beginning. “We create, package, and distribute our cider ourselves,” Katie says. “I hand paint the taphandles, Charlie has built most of our equipment by hand… this is truly a labor of love.” They were featured on the cover of Chicago’s RedEye, The Chicagoist, Crain’s Business Chicago, and they won a Sam Adams competition in May 2015 where they competed for the National finals in New York City this December 2015.
They are incredibly passionate about the art of cider-making, high quality natural ingredients, sustainability, and community support. “Our cider brought us together,” says Charlie. ‘And we hope it continues to bring other people together.’”