Original 13 Ciderworks is a welcome addition to the American Street Neighborhood, helping to revive the area into a center of industry as it once was.
Entrepreneur John Kowchak was inspired to start the business by his grandfather, who would make his own hard cider using local apples each year to give out to neighbors during the holidays. With this love for brewing instilled in him, John learned how to brew cider himself and then set out to share his passion with the rest of Philadelphia in 2015.
After troubles with owners and contract breweries, Kowchak and partner Travis Frehafer decided to take a giant leap of faith, investing all of their own money into securing their own production facility. In January of 2017, this new facility opened to the public at 1526 N American Street in Philadelphia!
Original 13 Ciderworks offers two lines of ciders: The Sir Charles American Pub cider (a contemporary American style inspired by John’s grandfather) or the more classical Heirloom ciders.
Mead, a traditional beverage made from honey is available to try in the tasting room.
Come visit the cidery, taste different drinks in the tasting room, or enjoy small plates of food with your drinks in the restaurant!