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James McKinney

James McKinney

Cidermaker and winemaker

My current passion or focus:

Research and development

Past lives:

Home Delivery Specialist, Kung Fu instructor


Kung Fu, beekeeping, gardening, chicken tending.

Why I brew/distill:

Challenge, fun, free booze. It’s a great industry that holds up during good times and bad

Why I teach at BDC:

Sharing the knowledge and love of the craft with fun and like-minded individuals.

Favorite brewing/distilled related topic:

Blending techniques, flavor extraction and carbonation.


Level 1 Cider certification from USACM


I have received multiple medals from Wines of the South, GLINTCAP and Indy International competitions since 2013. These range from Bronze to Concordance Gold medals for both wine and ciders.


Apple Barn Winery and Ciderhouse
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