Leadbetter Cider Company—which completed a successful Kickstarter campaign April 1 raising $30,000 for its facility in Garden City—recently announced that it has changed its name to Meriwether Cider Company:
"We have changed our name! Not because we wanted to, but in our haste and ignorance of trademark law, we unknowingly named ourselves the same name as another business, and they understandably wanted us to change it. After pulling our hair and gnashing our teeth and tossing and turning on tear-stained pillows, we finally arrived at our new name: Meriwether Cider Company. We decided to name the cidery in honor of our ancestor Meriwether Lewis who, on August 12, 1805, along with William Clark became the first non-native American to cross the continental divide into present day Idaho. Now 200 years later with the same pioneering spirit our family is bringing craft cider to Boise!"
The company is owned by the Leadbetter family, comprised of husband and wife Gig and Ann, and daughters Kate and Molly. The cidery has already changed its website and logo to reflect the new name. And according to an update on Kickstarter:
"All Kickstarter rewards will reflect our new name, the logo and branding will stay the same as posted, just Leadbetter will be switched out with Meriwether."
Meriwether Cider plans to have its grand opening sometime in 2015 and will offer flavors like: Strong Arm Semi-Sweet, Semi-Dry, Ginger Root, Hop Shot and Trailhead Cherry.
For more info on Meriwether Cider Co., follow the cidery on Facebook.