Meet Russ & Helen
Russ and Helen Johnson, proud owners of Truck 59 Ciderhouse, began their cider making journey three years ago, though their lives as orchard owners began a few years prior. Having grown up on a farm in Manitoba, Russ knew he wanted his family to have a similar upbringing and moved everyone to West Kelowna in 2011.
Russ’ background in science and passion for business perfectly positioned him to open a ciderhouse, but, it was also his desire for a creative outlet that brought him to cider making. Russ saw an opportunity to blend his professional experience with his love of food and drink to concoct a variety of cider blends that the current market had not seen the likes of.
Russ also recognized that this gap in the Okanagan market was an opportunity he could not ignore. While both the wine and craft beer industry have significant barriers to entry, as well as a saturated market, the cider making world appeared to be a lot less crowded.
It was this culmination of experience, passion and opportunity that eventually led to the opening of Truck 59 in 2017.
Why Truck 59
Supporting Our Local Firemen
There was more to opening Truck 59 than just creating outstanding ciders; Russ and Helen wanted to give back to the community.
For every bottle cap brought back to the ciderhouse and for every bottle opened in the tasting room, Truck 59 donates 10 cents to the West Kelowna Firefighters’ charity of choice! Truck 59 wanted to not only showcase firefighter memorabilia in their tasting room, but to align themselves with the kinds of charities that the firehall would support.