Commitment to Fresh-Pressed Hard Cider

Since Paul Thomas was 8 years old, he has lived, worked and played in the beautiful mountains of Julian, CA.  After many years of making hard cider in Julian with local apples for his friends and family, he decided to take the leap and start Southern California's first hard cider company.  Before he knew it, Julian Hard Cider's fresh-pressed hard cider was in great demand not just in our little mountain town, but nationwide!  Paul immediately began working hard to open a local pressing facility, but for various reasons (county zoning limitations, lack of water / drought, unavailable or unusable land) and the determination to only make fresh-pressed hard cider, he partnered with his friend Andrew Brown and their amazing sustainable orchards in Oregon.  

And now finally, after more than seven years of searching and working with the County, Julian Hard Cider is coming home!  We are now going to continue producing our award-winning hard ciders using the finest local and regional fresh apples at the beautiful Apple Lane Orchard.  We are very excited to now have TWO facilities that will enable Julian Hard Cider to produce year-round with the finest farm-fresh ingredients that make us America's Premium Hard Cider.  

Julian, California

Julian Hard Cider is located in beautiful Julian, California. A winding, 1-hr. backcountry drive northeast of San Diego, California, nestled in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains amidst apple orchards, grassy meadows, and oak & pine groves. With a rich and colorful history as a raucous, frontier gold mining town, Julian is now famous for its delicious and highly coveted apple pie.

Julian is also on the famed Hwy. 78-brewery corridor.  The “Hops Highway” is dotted by craft breweries, small wineries and tasting rooms and is known for some of the world’s best craft beer from breweries such as: Carlsbad’s Port Brewing, Escondido’s Stone, and Julian’s Nickel Beer Co. JHC is part of a vibrant community of craft beverage producers who make San Diego County a must-drink destination.



The Hops Highway