how it started
Lost Boy Cider (a Virginia Ciderworks company) is the brainchild of founder Tristan Wright.
It all started with a brief love affair with cider while on a trip to Ireland in 2010. "I'll never forget the stag party lads. They propped my wife up on a table and began yelling at her to teach them her favorite whitney houston and Michael Jackson songs. We sang and drank cider all night. what was fun at the time became a life changing moment. I didn't realize it's significance for six more years."
Tristan returned to the states and quickly reverted back to his whiskey and beer interests.
Fast forward to 2015, Tristan was diagnosed with a serious soy and gluten allergy. "I was sitting on the hospital bed, the dr. staring at me intently. I had one question. Was I really really sick?"
"In a flash everything I knew, food and drink wise, needed to change." The quest began.
The path to a gluten and soy free existence is not straightforward. Breaking old habits is tough and ingredients in commercial foods are less than desirable for anyone watching what they put into their bodies. And Say goodbye to beer and whiskey.
So the quest for change began. It started with food and alcohol. Tristan gave up alcohol altogether for nearly 7 months. "Purely out of fear. I literally thought i might be dying. What I didn't realize was that I had been slowly poisoning myself."
After months of focusing on his diet Tristan felt good enough to jump back in to alcohol. The go to choices of mass produced wine and hard liquor simply weren't good options. That's when tristan recalled the trip to ireland and the quest to become a cider maker began in earnest.
Tristan wanted to do something simple; create an American-made handcrafted cider here at home. Anyone who knows anything about cider making knows that this is not as easy as it sounds.
Two years of research and now armed with certificates from Cornell and Oregon State University's Cider Production schools, here we are.
With schoolbooks studied, recipes developed, a supportive wife and family, and an unstoppable passion we are beyond excited to bring you some of the finest American craft cider you have ever tasted. Enjoy!
Work is important and we do it right. But so is fun and we do it better. Fun is part of our culture and the big reason why Tristan started the company. Our friend Shay put it best when she said, "We like working 80 hours a week so we don't have to work 40!" And when you're having fun who's counting anyways?
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