When Wes Mickel was 15, he made his first batch of hard cider with some store-bought apple juice and a little packet of yeast from his mom’s spice cabinet, striking a balance between his interest in science and getting buzzed. In July 2010, he started production for Argus Cidery, turning his hobby into a career that currently markets five varieties of hard cider to Austin and beyond. His dry and crisp ciders are the first to be made wholly from Texas apples and native yeast.

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