Our History

Peter and John Bushouse’s drive and passion for giving people what they want has been carried down to their great-niece, Dana Bushouse.

1930’s Prohibition. Desperate for booze in their neck of the woods, Bushouse brothers John and Peter created a moonshine production and distribution operation for all of Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana. They were wildly successful. However, despite “beating the rap” a few times, their luck eventually wore out and they were convicted and sent to prison. This crooked  history was denied by the family for years, until Crooked City Cider’s founder Dana,  great-niece of John and Peter, did some research and unveiled the truth.

Fast forward to today and Crooked City Cider has decided to take that family knowledge to create a similarly successful booze line … legally!

Join us in this adventure as we move into uncharted territory producing a local craft cider that will not only blow your tastebuds out of the water, but also bring out the “crooked” in all of us.

About our cider

Crooked City Cider is Oakland’s original: producing a variety of kick-ass craft ciders, currently available at select Oakland bars and restaurants and at our tap house at 206 Broadway, Oakland. 

Our hand crafted ciders are produced in small batches and contain no artificial flavorings or added sugars. They are all gluten free and produced without any animal products (vegan friendly!).  We start with fresh, unfiltered apple juice, pressed locally in Northern California. We were a Silver medal winner in the 2015 Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition.

 We do not filter, add sulfites or pasteurize,  providing true cider flavors and a beautiful pour. Because of our small-batch and lack of filtering/additives, our ciders are consistently changing and may at times pour cloudy. Fear not, this is natural and part of the living components of our raw cider. 

If you’re looking for a sessionable cider that you can drink like a beer, you’ve found it!

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