Hidden Cave Cidery was founded by a local Wisconsinite, Walker Fanning.
Walker grew up on the west side of Madison and graduated from UW Madison with a degree in Agronomy. While attending college he worked as the Director of Urban Agriculture for FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture. The group grew nutritious food and gave it out to the Madison community for free. His time at UW taught him the importance of local agriculture and food systems.
After college, he worked as the orchard manager at a small farm, with antique apple varieties, south of Madison. This was the place where Walker had his first taste of hard cider and developed a passion for apple growing.
In 2018, Walker decided to start his own cidery with a promise to support Wisconsin agriculture. Every bottle of Hidden Cave Cider is packed with Wisconsin apples. We love to use local honey from Mt. Horeb, Wi as well!
Today, Walker works as an orchard manager at Eplegaarden in Fitchburg, Wi and bottles Hidden Cave Cider downtown at Old Sugar Distillery. We plan to open up our very own tasting room in Middleton, Wisconsin this spring. Cheers!