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fishback & stephenson

boutique midwestern ciders

Since 2013

 
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ABOUT US

just like in an 80's movie, four friends spent their summer and fall nights walking through the streets and sneaking into backyards and driving down dirt roads searching out wild apple trees to make hard cider. 

we started with a juicer in the kitchen and then saved enough money to buy an antique apple press off craigslist for 40 bucks. we experimented with woodchippers and washing machines and shop presses. we got a custom fabricated screw press through alibaba that we ran until the hammers broke off.

these days our cidery sits on a hill overlooking our home town. the four of us press, ferment, age, and bottle all onsite. straight from us to you.

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@fishbackstephenson

current offerings:

 
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sweet on the lips, crisp and light on the palate with a clean finish. watermelon bubble Gum pink bikini top, you always remember your first crush.

4.15% ABV

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the iowa strangler is a half wild open fermented cider blended with organic locally sourced aronia berries (AKA black chokeberry) to make a tart semisweet cider with a deep purple pigmentation & mouth puckering tannin & berry flavors. 

reads like a superfood, drinks like a lambic.
5.9% ABV

 
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coyote verde is an homage to one of the first ciders we ever made, back when we were picking wild apples around the county & making cider in clints basement.  we’ve backsweetened it with pure fresh-pressed granny smiths to make a sweet green cider. coyote verde is a bright & fresh cider with high confectionary fruit notes & acidity from tart granny smiths.
4.25% abv


distributed across iowa & Illinois by fleck sales // doll distributing // united beverage // brewers distributing // skeff distributing

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WHERE TO DRINK


IOWA

ADEL

BRICKYARD BURGERS & BREWS

FAREWAY

ALGONA

BILLIE JO’S

ALTOONA

ADVENTURELAND

JETHRO’S ‘N JAKE’S

AMANA

MILLSTREAM BRAU HAUS

AMES

THE BOULDER TAPHOUSE

DG'S TAPHOUSE

JETHRO’S BBQ

MICKEY'S IRISH PUB

WELCH AVE. STATION

WHEATSFIELD GROCERY

ANKENY

FIRETRUCKER BREWERY

HY-VEE

JETHRO’S BBQ LAKEHOUSE

BETTENDORF

HY-VEE

BLUE GRASS

THE CORNER GRILL

BONDURANT

BRICK STREET MARKET

BRITT

BRITT BAR AND GRILL

BURLINGTON

BIG MUDDY’S

BROADWAY GRILLE

BUFFALO TAP

HY-VEE

JET STOP

MARTINI’S

THE SOM

CEDAR RAPIDS

BENZ BEVERAGE DEPOT

HY-VEE

QUINTONS

WHITE STAR ALE HOUSE

CLARION

TIMBUKBRU

CLINTON

HY-VEE

CORALVILLE

BOOTLEGGIN‘ BARZINI’S

HY-VEE

MELLOW MUSHROOM

DAVENPORT

ARMORED GARDENS

BARREL HOUSE 211

ELEVEN 17

ENDLESS BREWS

FRONT STREET TAPROOM

GRUMPY’S SALOON

HY-VEE

IOWA MINI MART

LEISURE LANES

THE LIQUOR STOP

ME AND BILLY

PUBLIC HOUSE

RUBYS

DEEP RIVER

BACK POCKET BREWERY

DES MOINES

ARUGULA AND RYE

EL BAIT SHOP

BEERSTYLES GASTROPUB

BLANK PARK ZOO

BUTCHERS BBQ & BREW

CAFE BARATTAS

CONFLUENCE BREWING

COURT AVENUE BREWING

DES MOINES ON TAP

GATEWAY MARKET

GLOBAL BREW

THE HALL

HY-VEE FLEUR DRIVE

HY-VEE JORDAN CREEK

HY-VEE GRAND AVE

HY-VEE SOUTHRIDGE

INGERSOLL LIQUOR STORE

IOWA TAP ROOM

JETHRO’S BBQ

JETHRO’S BBQ & BACON

JETHRO’S BBQ & JAMBALAYA

THE LIFT

MAD MEATBALL

MARRIOT

OHANA’S

OLD CHICAGO PIZZA

QUINTON’S

ROYAL MILE

SMASH PARK

TWISTED VINE

THE UP DOWN

ZOMBIE BURGER

DEWITT

MURPHY'S PUB

DURANT

JEFF’S MARKET

ELDON

CHOMMY’S

ELDRIDGE

NORTH SCOTT FOODS

FAIRFIELD

BOOKHOUSE

CIDER HOUSE 1949

HIDEAWAY

HY-VEE

JET STOP

PLAY

SHOKAI SUSHI

FT. MADISON

HY-VEE

GRINNELL

HY-VEE

IOWA CITY

BROTHERS

CITY LIQUOR

DEPOT EXPRESS

HATCHET JACKS

HUDSONS

HY-VEE

JOHN’S GROCERY

LIQUOR DOWNTOWN

PINTS

QUINTONS 

JOHNSTON

JETHRO’S BBQ ‘N PORK CHOP

SHORTE’S BBQ

KALONA

KALONA BREWING COMPANY

TEQUILA, WINE, & SPIRITS

KEOKUK

HY-VEE

LADORA

LADORA BANK

LIBERTYVILLE

THE DEW DROP

LUTHER

WHATCHA SMOKIN BBQ

MARENGO

MARENGO BP

MARION

HY-VEE

MARSHALL-TOWN

HY-VEE

MONTEZUMA

SMALL TOWN GRILL

MT. PLEASANT

HY-VEE

PEP STOP

WALT’S TAP ROOM

MUSCATINE

CONTRARY BREWING

HY-VEE

WINE-NUTZ

NEWTON

CELLAR PEANUT PUB

HY-VEE MARKET CAFE

NORTH ENGLISH

FREEMAN FOODS

NORTH LIBERTY

BEER BURGER

JOHNCY’S

OSKALOOSA

HOMETOWN WINE AND SPIRITS

HY-VEE

MIKE’S MARKET & DELI

ROCK ISLAND TAP

OTTUMWA

DRUG TOWN

FAREWAY

HY-VEE

PELLA

THE CELLAR PEANUT PUB

HY-VEE

PLEASANT HILL

HY-VEE

POLK CITY

FENDERS BREWING

SEARSBORO

BACKPOCKET BREWERY

SIGOURNEY

BARN WIRED

BROTHERS MARKET

TRAER

TRAER HOMETOWN FOODS

URBANDALE

BEER CRAZY

VAN METER

FAT RANDI'S

VINTON

FAREWAY

WAUKEE

HY-VEE MARKET GRILLE

WASHINGTON

BP AMOCO

FAREWAY

HY-VEE

JP’S 207

WELLMAN

CILINO’S

WILLIAMS-BURG

COLONY POINT

THE DEPOT

WINTERSET

PHEASANT RUN PUB & GRILL


ILLINOIS

BRADFORD

HIGHLANDS PUB

CHAMPAIGN

BINNY’S

COUNTY MARKET

HOMETOWNE PANTRY

ILLINI INN

OLD CHICAGO

PICCADILLY

POUR BROS

QUALITY BEERS

CHILLICOTHE

DI & TOM’S

CREVE COEUR

KUCHIE’S ON THE WATER

DANVILLE

MAIN PACKAGE LIQUOR

MY BROTHERS

VERMILION LIQUORS

DECATUR

CURLY’S BAR AND GRILL

LOCK, STOCK, & BARRELL

DOHERTY’S PUB & PINS

STARSHIP BILLIARDS

FORSYTH

FRIAR TUCK

LACON

SPEAKEASY PACKAGE & POUR

MARSHALL

MOE’S PACKAGE LIQUOR

V.F.W

MECHANICSBURG

S D PETROLEUM

PEORIA

CHEESE NUTS BRICK OVEN

FRIAR TUCK BEVERAGE

8 BIT BEERCADE

EXPRESS LIQUORS

HY-VEE

LANDMARK LANES

MICKIE’S PIZZERIA

POUR BROS

SUPER LIQUOR

TARTAN INN

BEARDED OWL BREWING

SAVOY

FRIAR TUCK

SHERMAN

FIRE & ALE

FINAL FOUR

SPRINGFIELD

AYERCO

BINNY’S

BREWHAUS

BRICKHOUSE GRILL

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

CORNER PUB & GRILL

FAMOUS LIQUORS

FOOD & FUEL MART

FRIAR TUCK

GUITARS AND CADILLACS

HANDY PANTRY

HARRY’S ADULT DAY CARE

LONGBRIDGE GOLF COURSE

WESTWOODS LODGE

SPAULDING

JIM & ANNIE’S

TAYLORVILLE

FIRST CLASS LIQUOR

RIVERTON

VILLAGE TAP

WASHINGTON

LINDY’S DOWNTOWN MARKET

LIQUOR OASIS

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