Cider Maker Andrew Brown
Andrew’s family has been farming in the Walla Walla Valley for generations. Andrew’s interest in wine and cider production grew out of his family’s vineyards and orchards. He left the Walla Walla Valley to attend Oregon State University, where he studied sciences and remains a diehard Beaver fan to this day. After college Andrew returned to the Walla Walla Valley and then caught the winemaking bug while working with Rich Funk of Saviah Cellars. Andrew developed his winemaking skill under Rich before taking over as head winemaker and cider maker for Watermill Winery and Blue Mountain Cider in 2008. When not supervising winery and cider operations, Andrew is active in the local Milton-Freewater community through youth sports and volunteer work.
Assistant Cider Maker Abe Currin
Abe Currin is a local product of Milton-Freewater and Eastern Oregon. After graduating from High School, Abe moved down to Eugene and began studying at the University of Oregon. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and eventually progressed to get a Masters in Elementary Education.
If you would have told Abe in college that he would be fermenting cider as a career in the future, he probably would have replied, “there’s alcoholic cider?” Eventually Family Friends, The Browns introduced Abe to the age old tradition of fermenting apples and he has not stopped since. Now 10 years into working in production at Blue Mountain Cider, Abe looks forward to his time crafting ciders and creating new blends.
When not around the cidery you will catch Abe up on the ski hill in the winter or out on the golf course in the summer, when the Ducks are not on televisions.
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Direct to Consumer Manager James Fullerton
James was born in Walla Walla Washington, attended Mac-Hi in Milton-Freewater Oregon, and ventured off to Corvallis to study at Oregon State University. After graduating O.S.U. Business Administration, he was hired by Hyatt Hotels, and moved to work in Incline Village Nevada. When deciding to stay In North Tahoe for a while, he moved on to Manage Steamers Beach Side Bar and Oven in Kings Beach California. Then after a 14 year run with Steamers, he went to work as Beverage/Purchasing and Receiving Manager for Crystal Bay Casino in neighboring Crystal Bay, Nevada ( another 14 year run ). In December of 2016 James moved back to the Walla Walla Valley to spend some quality time with family. Enjoying the Food and Beverage business, James came to work at Watermill Winery tasting room and progressed to work in and manage the Blue Mountain Cider Tap House. James recently has been involved in sales, production, and distribution of Blue Mountain Cider.
Commercial Director Alex Hedges
Alex grew up in the wine country of southeastern Washington. After studying history at the University of Nevada, Alex began his career at The Hedges Family Estate where he gained ground up exposure ranging from vineyard and production work to tasting room and event management experience. For two years Alex traveled to over 45 markets as a National Sales Manager for Hedges. Following his stint at Hedges, Alex moved to V2 Wine Group based out of Sonoma, California as a region manager for their portfolio of wines from California and around the world. After V2 Alex was the National Sales Manager at ROCO Winery in the Willamette Valley, where he represented the wines of Rollin Soles in 35 markets throughout North America. Despite his varied experience, this area has always been home, and Alex holds a deep passion for sharing the story of the Pacific Northwest. While his main focus is on Blue Mountain Cider’s sister company, Watermill Winery, Alex helps Blue Mountain Cider with sales and marketing.