Founded by cidermaker Jeremy Towsey-French, Fortune & Glory Cider Company has humble roots. Starting with a collection of gurgling containers huddled together in a basement room, this simple hobby evolved over time, eventually unveiling itself as Reveille Ciderworks, the result of a late-night epiphany (the name Reveille loosely translates to awakening in French). Reveille opened in downtown Astoria, Oregon in 2017--the city's first hard cider manufacturer.
As the company grew and its cider profiles matured and found their audience, Reveille became part of Astoria's craft beverage community and culture, as well as part of the fabric of this unique city itself. What started as one person's awakening grew considerably, joining a long line of enterprises that define the story of Astoria: a city forged by the will and desires of enterprising people for more than 200 years... a place where those who envision things bigger than themselves can find their fortune and their glory, whatever that may be.
In celebration of Astoria's rich heritage and continued embrace of trailblazing enterprise --coinciding with the company's expansion and move into a new facility-- Reveille Ciderworks formally changed its name to the Fortune & Glory Cider Company in 2022.
Early American Roots, Modern-Day Craft Cider
As a tribute to the trailblazing, pioneering and enterprising spirit of Astorians past and present, Fortune & Glory crafts pre-prohibition farmhouse and pub-style hard ciders that harken back to early American recipes long lost in the annals of history.
Fortune & Glory's cider recipes draw from our nation's rich heritage of craft beverage production. Jumping to dry ground on the East coast of the United States after harrowing journeys across the Atlantic, European explorers and pilgrims took to North America with a combination of hope, fear and determination. Hard apple cider –a beverage in ready supply and well-seasoned for the trans-Atlantic journey– was often the libation that fueled their drive. In addition to keeping plenty of cider stocked for their overseas journey, these early Americans also came to the new world stocked with their own apple starts, ready to begin new crops here in uncharted lands.
Once established in the new world, early American settlers took to making the hearty hard ciders so common in their homeland. The simple and tasty byproduct of farmhouse ale production (as they leveraged the leftover yeast from beer fermentation), these utility ciders quickly found appeal among a wide array of drinkers spanning the social strata. Utility ciders thus formed the foundation of America’s original hard cider recipes, where protecting the sanctity of individual apple varieties was secondary to generating yeasty, bold and deeply satisfying farmhouse cider profiles.
While prohibition resulted in the almost complete demise of this truly American libation, many of these original recipes persisted in small pockets of the Northeastern United States and beyond. Here in the Northwest, early proponents of more distinct old world styles (like Portland’s Reverend Nat –the grandfather of Oregon’s farmhouse ciders) enabled cider drinkers to experience original American cider for the first time.
Today's Cider, Inspired by Yesteryear
Founded on the principle of creating an original craft hard cider evocative of this dynamic part of a brave new world, Fortune & Glory hard ciders feature Northwest fruits fermented with distinctive yeasts, recreating the experience of enjoying small-batch Belgian farmhouse and English pub-style hard ciders.
Every batch of Fortune & Glory hard cider is based on a unique blend of northwest apples, which impart their own powerful character on every recipe. As such, while some of the names might stay the same, each batch is its own unique iteration, featuring incremental recipe changes to highlight and compliment the most dominant apple varieties in each batch. With Fortune & Glory, you can expect new layers of intrigue in every glass, as familiar styles unfold to expose new flavors and experiences.
Fortune & Glory is committed to reproducing the unique taste and character of the old-world European utility ciders that powered our early American ancestors so long ago –and do again today.