Red Clay Ciderworks launched in 2015 with a dream to make local, small-batch hard cider and a passion to share it. The seed was planted in 1995 when Jay was station in Sicily with the U.S. Navy, where a few local families invited him to help make the next year's supply of wine. The camaraderie and the satisfaction he experienced in working together to create libations sprouted a new interest in all things fermentable. Upon returning home, Jay began making beer and wine with a few Navy buddies, and despite the trial and error process every home brewer and wine maker goes through, the seed was planted and a new passion took root.
Meet The CREW
LIKE MOST SMALL COMPANIES WE ALL WEAR MANY HATS, PITCHING IN WHEREVER NEEDED TO BRING YOU OUR CIDER. UNTIL YOU CAN MAKE IT TO THE TAP ROOM TO MEET US, CHECK OUT OUR PROFILES BELOW TO GET AN IDEA OF WHO WE ARE.
Co-Founder & Head Cidermaker
WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF BEER, WINE AND CIDER MAKING EXPERIENCE—AND WITH MULTIPLE AWARDS UNDER HIS BELT—JAY COMBINES CREATIVITY WITH TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO BRING YOU A VARIETY OF GREAT CIDERS. THANKS TO HIS SIZE AND FEROCITY, HE WILL DOUBLE AS BOUNCER IN CASE WE HAVE ANY OVER-SATISFIED, UNRULY CUSTOMERS.
Co-Founder & Da Boss
IF IT’S NOT LISTED ABOVE, THEN THAT’S DEANNA’S REALM; OUR CATCH-ALL COORDINATOR, DEANNA'S GOTTA FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET EVERYTHING DONE. KNOWN AS CAPTAIN CRACK TO HER SPORTS FRIENDS AND BEING A BIT OF A BOSSY-BUTT, TELLIN' PEOPLE WHAT TO DO COMES NATURALLY TO HER. SHE'LL KEEP THE DELIVERIES ON TIME, EVENTS LINED UP AND A CIDER IN YOUR HAND.
JOINING US FROM MICHIGAN, WE SNAGGED JAMIE FROM BETWEEN HER OVERSEAS ADVENTURES. WHILE IT MIGHT NOT BE AS BEAUTIFUL AS SOME FAR-FLUNG CORNER OF THE GLOBE, JAMIE’S NEXT ADVENTURE WILL BE BOTH BEHIND THE BAR AND WORKING IN PRODUCTION AS ASSISTANT CIDERMAKER. AS A PRO AT RUNNING TIGER OUTINGS BACK IN DETROIT, JAMIE WILL ALSO HEAD UP EVENT PLANNING.
JOINING US FROM MICHIGAN, JONATHON BRINGS ANOTHER CRAFT BEVERAGE ENTHUSIAST TO OUR TEAM. DURING HIS 20+ YEAR QUEST TO SAMPLE EVERY CRAFT BEER ON THE PLANET, JONATHON STUMBLED UPON CIDER, AND THAT WAS ALL SHE WROTE! AS OUR MAIN SALES PERSON, JONATHON WILL ALSO HELP GET OUR CIDER TO AREA BARS AND BOTTLE SHOPS.