Haykin Family Cider is a labor of love born out of store bought juice in a one gallon carboy and a guess on a yeast on October 31, 2013 in our town home living room. As newlyweds, one day… Talia told Daniel that she liked hard apple cider. Today we are planting our own apple trees and winning gold medals at international competitions. Wow. (Ok, Daniel is winning medals… Talia is managing his marketing, peeling stickers on occasion, and monitoring the next generation of apple pressers.)
Founder & Cider maker
Daniel came to cider from a love of champagne and prosecco but his drive to make the best cider came from trying to impress Talia. It was constant trial and error until they landed on a style that was prosecco-like, unique and just what they both enjoyed drinking. Daniel’s focus on excellence can be seen in his relationships with his growers, selection of apples, care during the production process, focus on packaging, and his general depth of knowledge around his product. But that’s not what he will tell you. In his words “I worked on Wall Street, I moved to Denver, and now I make cider.”
Having graduated from the University of Rochester, Daniel spent several years working on Wall Street for Moodys and Lehman Brothers. Currently, he works with his father as an investment advisor.
In his “free time,” he enjoys doing CrossFit, working in the family garden, and playing cars with the future cider maker.
Founder, CMO/CFO/COO, Wrangler of Future Cider Maker
Until meeting Daniel, Talia had little knowledge of cider. It was limited to farm stands and the occasional “that looks good” on a liquor store shelves. Together with Daniel, Talia learned more about apple varieties and the rich history of apples and hard cider in the United States. As they worked to grow their family, they also grew in their love for cider.
In her “real life,” Talia is a Denver-based writer and social media strategist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Dance Performance from Jacksonville University and Master’s Degree in Applied Communication with a focus on Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. She has served as the Public Relations Director for Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) and Chief Marketing Officer for the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, amongst others. Talia currently works with a wide variety of clients in many industries through her freelance business doing social media marketing, content curation, and website development.
In her “free time,” she enjoys their family garden, wrangling the future cider maker and mascot, and very occasionally blogs at Talia, She Wrote.
Future Cider Maker
David is two years old and a big fan of apples. In fact, it was one of his first words (after ‘uh oh’). He loves helping his papa out during pressing season but is more adept at throwing apples into the grass rather than into the grinder (we are working on his aim). His favorite apples, so far, have been Golden Russet.
In his free time he likes to play cars with his papa, read books with his mama, ride his bike, occasionally throw a fit, and chase and kiss Soba.
Official Cider Mascot
Soba Schnoodle is our official cider mascot. She’s very good at looking cute and barking at people who are helping press apples. She’s not a real fan of eating apples but she’s a good supervisor, though she’d rather be napping in the sun.
In her free time… who are we kidding, she has the most free time in the company. She loves carrying her monkey around, naps, and kissing David.