Cider Corps in Mesa serves creative pints with flavors ranging from prickly pear to iced tea but the story behind this cidery will make you love it more.
Cider Corps co-founder, Jason Duren, joined the Marines in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. He served as a heavy equipment operator before being hit by two I.E.D’s within a five day period. Duren earned a Purple Heart for his service.
With help from the internet, Duren started making cider in his garage. The hobby was recommended by neurologists to aid his recovery. Now, the hobby has grown into a business with a brick and mortar in Mesa. The tap room features 15 varieties of cider, made in house.
Cider Corps helped Duren find a new identity after he could no longer serve in the Marines. Duren hopes to inspire fellow wounded warriors find new identities as well.