Western Cider Co.
Western Cider is Missoula, Montana’s first cidery. Its venture into cider started in 2010 when founder Michael Billingsley was “infected” by an obsession with apples. He planted 2,500 cider apple trees in the Bitterroot Valley, just south of Missoula. Billingsley continued to plant hundreds of trees every year since, on his orchard and orchards throughout the valley. Now, he is using those apples, as well as apples from throughout Western Montana and the Northwest, to produce a unique line of ciders. As a company, Western Cider aspires to “create an institution of great cider, good times and a life worth living in this far-flung region of the American West.”