ABOUT HERB’S CIDER
Herb's Cider is a craft cider produced by world renowned drummer, Tim "Herb" Alexander. Tim and his wife Shama created their first batch of cider in their garage in the fall of 2016. It was a blend of Ambrosia / Gravenstein apples and Japanese Pears, leftover from their garden after a bumper crop. They couldn’t give enough apples away and didn't want the apples to rot. Instead, Tim went out and rented an apple press. The rest is history....
In fact, there's a bit of history that runs in Tim’s bloodline. His great granddaddy was an old Kentucky moonshiner. Through the 1930's, John Bascom Horn made moonshine for all the so-called "big wigs" in the county -- anyone from politicians, doctors, lawyers to even judges. According to family lore, he was a wild man who loved to drink his own moonshine. We are told, Horn like to ride his horse through his house, gun in hand and shoot out the windows. He was jailed for bootlegging during the Prohibition. In later years, his shiny copper still was put on display at the local courthouse. It seems Tim picked up a bit of Horn's old "bathtub gin" spirit and love for producing quality, handcrafted beverages…
Tim and Shama brought on Chris Weir, one of the finest cider makers in the region, as head cider maker. Chris is dedicated to his craft and uses only traditional cider making methods to create exceptionally flavorful, bright and balanced ciders.
WHO WE ARE
Herb is a long-time cider aficionado who is making waves in the craft industry after he started making cider in his garage while on break from music. The world knows him as a drummer… Well, not just any drummer. He’s been in a few bands, but is best known for his work with alt-rock band, Primus. He is affectionately known as “Herb” by Primus fans – hence, “Herb’s Cider”.
Prior to starting Herb’s Cider, Shama specialized in corporate sustainability. In recent years she held roles as the Sustainability Officer of North American operations for BC-based LUSH Cosmetics and Director of Industry Relations for the Non-GMO Project. She has an MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Business Management and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Economics and International Relations.
Head Cider Maker
Chris was formerly the original cider maker for Finnriver Cidery, and was most recently a brewer for Port Townsend Brewing Co. He has won awards for his creative and sophisticated ciders. He is young, innovative and passionate about the craft industry. He has 10 years of experience in craft cider, beer, wine and champagne production. He is best known for the creation of the “Habanero” cider.
Operations & Administrative Director
Deron is an entrepreneur with nearly two decades of operations experience. He is a devout appreciator of apples, Billy Murray and Big Chief writing tablets. Hailing from the Midwest, Deron brought his family (and his love of the Royals) to Bellingham many years ago. Right now, he’s just super excited to help Herb’s Cider reach more taste buds.
Tyler came to Herb’s with 22 years of logistics and sales experience. When Tyler heard about Tim’s (Herb’s) endeavor into the craft cider world, he felt a buzz that was reminiscent of the 90’s music scene and felt like it was time to let the creative juices flow! Tyler loves that he gets to work aside good people and represent a cider that is second to none.
Melissa is the nuts and bolts of Herb’s. She manages online sales, human resources, financial matters and so much more for the HC team. Melissa came to Herb’s after a long career in veterinary medicine, and was needing a big change. She is a fan of cider, dry humor, office cats and clean desktops.
Events & Community Engagement
Amie is recent grad from WWU. When she joined Herb’s, she was passionate about the company. Now she’s a massive cider nerd. Amie likes dogs, kids, embroidery, rock climbing, donuts and eating cheese.
Ashley came to Herb’s at it’s inception. She is in charge of all things industry. She loves hanging out with people and drinking cider, so she’s well suited for the job. When you can’t find her drinking in our tasting room, you’ll find her at the summit of a really, really big mountain somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
Assistant Cider Maker
Kevin has been making cider, the old fashioned way, with his brother Chris for many years. He is the production floor staple for filling tanks, pressing, kegging and canning. He loves to make (and drink) only exceptional alcohol.
Tasting Room Manager
E. Ray is from the greatest country in the world… Texas. A long time bartender (now, cidertender), he’s a Dallas Cowboy at heart and loves long walks on the beach.
Cider House Dog
Charlie is our mascot. She roams the floors of our production facility, our offices, our tasting room and our hearts. She’s also lovingly known to the HC team as “Coffee Table” and “1/2-Barrel”.