(Adrianne and Tyler Baumann | Photo courtesy of Legend Cider)
The first time it happened, Tyler and Adrianne Baumann were serving Legend Cider at the CiderFest in Hood River. “There were 12 other cider companies at the festival, yet we had the longest line and people kept coming back time and time again for our cider,” Adrianne recalled. “The reaction to our cider solidified to us that we were on the right track, and that people realized our cider was unique. We didn’t expect to be a sudden success.”
Since starting the company in 2015, the Baumanns have continued to receive the support from businesses and cider fans to grow their business. In 2019, they relocated from The Dalles to La Pine. They recently opened a taproom in Talent and in the next few months, they are relocating their cidery and taproom to a space three times larger than their current space. “When we first started, we had thought this would be a fun hobby but the positive feedback we have received has turned it into a viable and successful business,” Adrianne said.
Using unfiltered all-natural cider made from Northwest-grown apples and all-natural juices, Tyler handcrafts several ciders including PCT (Pineapple, Coconut, Tiki) Punch, Siskiyou Strawberry Lemonade, Columbia Gorge Grape, Mt. Mazama Mango, Paulina Pomegranate, Broken Top Blood Orange, Pacific Pog, Smith Rock Strawberry Kiwi and Bachelor Blueberry.
A family-owned and operated company, Adrianne said it’s important to her and Tyler to be a part of their community and contribute where and how they can. Both growing up in small towns, Adrianne and Tyler wanted to find a similar experience for their two-year-old daughter. “EDCO was a big reason why we chose La Pine,” Adrianne said. “We received support from Sunriver Brewing Company owner Marc Cameron who helped connect us with EDCO. The La Pine City government was also welcoming and helped us find grants to flip the current taproom from a tire shop to a food production facility.”
Legend Cider is currently sold in kegs to bars and restaurants in Oregon. They don’t use any preservatives in their cider, however, they are working on a recipe so that one day it can be sold in cans or bottles. “We had to move to a new location because we completely outgrew our current space,” Adrianne said. “They will be a larger tasting room and production facility. We are currently selling out our cider before it’s made.”
Both Adrianne and Tyler are incredibly grateful to the La Pine community for their support. “People here really take pride in the business including our mug club members,” Adrianne said. “People enjoy our products and the atmosphere and want to be a part of it. The new location will be in the center of town, making it easier for people to walk to.”
They are fortunate to have a lower turnover employee rate. “I am grateful I get to work with my husband, and we make a great team,” she said. “Whenever we do face a challenge, we are both quick to solve it, being creative problem solvers.”
They are excited to open the new taproom and will share the space with Wild Oasis, which will sell its bison meat, the local smoothie cart and a few other small businesses. “For us, it’s all about being part of the community,” Adrianne said. “We want to support other businesses in the same way we have been supported.”