Our founder and cider maker, Roger Kee, is a U.S. Navy veteran where he served honorably for 7 years. A graduate of University of Washington, Roger holds several public procurement and contracting certifications for his day profession, however, he will tell you that his real passion is crafting delicious beverages. Roger has roots in the local Washington homebrew community. An avid homebrewer for more than 10 years before making cider and mead a profession, Roger amassed numerous 1st place ribbons and gold medals in amateur competition, including 10 Best of Show Titles, 2011 Washington Homebrewer of the Year, and 2012 Cider Maker of the Year at the 34th National Homebrew Competition. Roger received a Certificate from the National Association of Cider Makers (UK), and has completed professional cider production coursework provided by Peter Mitchell Cider and Perry Academy of Great Britain. Visit with Roger and you will quickly be captivated by his passion for his craft, down to every last tree that he has grafted in the Kee family orchard and blue berry patch.
Roger is dedicated to his wife, Donna, of 24 years who is also Roger's business partner and anchors the business side for Three Kees Cider. "Donna is the reason I craft hard cider and mead," says Roger, "and Donna knows what tastes fantastic. She is my best quality control test!"
The "Three Kees" part of the company name comes from Roger and Donna's three kids. Much of Roger's drive to achieve success and profitability for Three Kees Cider comes from the children. " I am building this company for them," Roger will say. The Kee family works through the boys' challenges with autism. Roger believes that a community can be built around the Three Kees brand, and it is his hope that the kids will be able to have meaningful, creative, and socially viable livelihoods with the company in the future.
In 2014, the Kee Family moved to their small, 9-acre farm nestled in the forested hills about 11 miles northeast of Snohomish, WA just south of Lake Roesiger. The humble 2200 sqft cidery is located nearby the family home. Roger has established a very modest, organic orchard for future small batch estate level products.
Come out and join our cider family. WASSAIL!
"There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor. It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard