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Michigan-based cidery, Vander Mill, announces today its partnership with West Michigan businesses to celebrate the fall season at the 8th Annual Vander Fest. The event will take place at its Spring Lake location at 14921 Cleveland Street on Saturday, October 7, from 4 – 10 p.m.

Several Michigan breweries and restaurants have joined Vander Mill to create a unique festival experience that captures the best of West Michigan. The event will feature live music by local artists, food trucks, beers from local breweries, and delicious Vander Mill cider and donuts.

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“We’ve cultivated some of our favorite West Michigan businesses and entertainment and brought them together for our biggest event of the year,” says Paul Vander Heide, owner of Vander Mill. “Fall is the best time of year in Michigan, and what better way to enjoy it than with a hard cider with friends?”

Vander Fest will have several new features, including:

  • Laser Beam Lounge: a tented area filled with laser beams, Vander Mill ciders, and a laser-themed photo booth, sponsored by Van Wyk Insurance. Live music by Social Bones and DJ Nick Awesome.

  • Crystal Court: a tented area tucked into the woods and surrounded by fog. This spooky section will feature a dozen Vander Mill ciders on nitro.

  • Barrel-aged booth, which will supply all of Vander Mill’s barrel-aged ciders.

 

Attendees can also enjoy beers from Vander Mill’s brewery friends: Big Lake Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Unruly Brewing Co., Greenbush Brewing, and Oddside Ales. Several food trucks that will be on-site include Dalty Raes, Standard Pizza, and Righteous Cuisine. Vander Mill will also supply cider donuts, coffee, and hot cider.

Tickets are required for entry into the event and are available in three tiers:

  • VIP Tickets: $85
    Guests will receive entry into the event, Vander Fest souvenir glass, eight drink tokens, entertainment, reserved seating at a table in a roped-off area, and Vander Mill food.

  • General Admission Tickets: $35
    Guests will receive entry into the event, Vander Fest souvenir glass, eight drink tokens, and entertainment.

  • Designated Driver Tickets: $10
    Guests will receive entry into the event and entertainment.

Attendees can purchase tickets at Eventbrite until 11:30 p.m. the evening before the event here.

Cider Week GR

The cumulation of Grand Rapids first ever Cider Week ended with a Festival held at a location just as iconic as the Michigan apples our (many, many) ciders are made of—the Grand Rapids Blue Bridge.

The Cider Week GR Blue Bridge Festival was held on Saturday, April 22nd from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., complete with live music, over 15 different Michigan cider makers, and a steady stream of sunshine and laughter.

The Michigan Cider Association, formed in December of 2014, exists to “provide short- and long-term significance and value to all members through the promotion and support of Michigan cider.” Michigan boasts the second highest number of US cider producers in the US, and the industry as a whole is expected to continue to grow.

With a venue just as unique as the cider companies representing Michigan Cider, the Blue Bridge was a perfect spot to mingle and enjoy the beautiful weather. Attendance was most likely higher than initially anticipated, and for good reason. For $25, attendees got to take home a commemorative glass and try ten 8oz pours of a wide variety of ciders from across our state.

Cider Week GR

There seems to be a strong trend towards actually tasting the sweetness of the apples itself, without artificially (and overly) enhancing the natural sugars present. I was pleased to be able to try a variety of dry and semi-dry ciders from companies like Acme Cider. David Winick & Lori Tauer started Acme for a simple reason—they couldn’t find any mass produced ciders they actually liked. “People who drank our ciders said they loved it, so we decided to impart on the business part of it. We recently got our license, and we will be building out production, and this is the first event we’ve distributed out of,” shared Tauer

“Our ciders are full of love,” laughed Winick, “We spent a lot of time creating a dry cider with a good balance, and some depth to it. You know, if it pleases us, we feel it’s going to please other people, and that’s the bottom line. That’s why we do it.”

Farmhaus Cider co-owner, John Behrens, made it a point to treat attendees to one-offs and unique, summer-centric beverages. “We brought a bunch of different ciders we don’t usually distribute, like our Hop Crop, (a dry hopped cider with a big, bold mouthfeel) and our Too Cuc, a cucumber rosemary cider, perfect for sitting out on a patio—or a bridge.”

The style of ciders ran the gamut, from the Tequila Sunset Cider, a tequila barrel aged w/ blood orange offering from Acme to Cellarman’s Coffee Cider, made with Ethiopian Limu Coffee and Star Thistle Honey.

As a first year event, it seemed to be a success for both the attendees and the cideries offering their beverages. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, make sure you seek out some of the Michigan made ciders distributed throughout the state.

 
Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill, The Peoples Cider Co., Vander Mill, Pux Cider, Farmhaus Cider Co., Tandem Ciders, Blake’s Hard Cider Co.,Northville Winery and Brewing Company, St. Julian Winery, 45 North Vineyard & Winery, Starcut Ciders, Virtue Cider, Uncle John’s Cider Mill (Official Page), Suttons Bay Ciders, Corey Lake Orchards, Robinette’s, Cherry Creek Winery , Acme Cider

 

cider weekGrand Rapids, MI (April 3, 2017) – The Michigan Cider Association (MCA), with support from Experience Grand Rapids, announces the inaugural Cider Week GR, April 17-22, 2017.

The week-long celebration brings hard cider makers from around the world to Michigan, the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., for industry events, an international cider competition, local tap takeovers, and a festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

Cider Week GR coincides with the world’s largest cider judging competition, the 12th annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). GLINTCAP features professional and amateur cider makers from more than three countries, competing for awards in 18 categories. The competition is closed to the public and runs April 19- 22 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

The inaugural Cider Week GR culminates with the first-ever hard cider festival on the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids, Saturday, April 22 from 2-7 p.m.

The festival features cider makers from around Michigan. Attendees will also enjoy a line-up of local music and food. The festival is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at Eventbrite.

Elk Rapids, Mich. – Starcut Ciders, a craft cider brand produced by Short’s Brewing Company, is celebrating two years handcrafting hard ciders this month. Launched at the Short’s Brewing Company pub in November 2014, Starcut Ciders began bottled cider distribution in August 2015. Experiencing tremendous growth, in just two years Starcut Ciders is now the third largest cider maker in Michigan and a strong regional brand.

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Regularly distributed in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Colorado, the company has sold approximately 315,000 liters or 2,700 barrels of hard cider in 2016. According to Short’s CEO and Creative Engineer, Joe Short “We are thrilled to have created a locally grown brand that’s connecting with consumers in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Between artwork by the legendary Don Pendleton and the well balanced and unique ciders crafted by our team, we’ve found a winning combination.”

According to the company’s Head Cider Maker, Tony Hansen, cider fans have much to look forward to in the years to come. “We have a lot of exciting cider projects happening soon including a bottled sparkling cider to be released at our Starcut Ciders Celebration (February 25th, 2017), a new fruit cider, and a handful of experimental ciders. We also plan to increase our number of Erraticus wild cider and barrel aged offerings in the new year.”

In 2017 the company will continue to distribute flagship ciders Octorock (semi-sweet) and Pulsar (semi-dry) and three seasonal varieties; Immortal Jelly, Squishy, and Phuzz. In addition to the ciders distributed by Starcut, the company will continue to bottle their Erraticus Series. Erraticus is a series of rare, small batch, wild ciders fermented with apples sourced from Northern Michigan orchards. Erraticus 5 and Erraticus 6 are currently available for sale at the Short’s Brewing Company pub and Short’s Mart in Bellaire, MI. Erraticus 7, a spruce cider, will be released later this season.

For more information regarding Starcut Ciders, please visit www.starcutciders.com.

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Hazel Park, MI– Cellarmen’s celebrates its first anniversary with special hours and releases Monday, October 17, but the party lasts all weekend long.

The celebration will get an early start Friday, October 14 when Bluegrass trio Behind The Times stops by the taproom to play some tunes from 8pm-11pm.

The party continues Saturday as Oozing Wound, Electric Hawk and Cockhorse play Cellarmen’s taproom. $5 at the door.

On Monday, October 17, the official first anniversary party will feature a surprise tap list featuring never-before-released meads and ciders. The Mac Shack food truck will be parked outside the taproom serving up Detroit’s tastiest mac n’ cheese.

  • Friday, October 14– Bluegrass trio Behind The Times will be providing music from 8pm-11pm.

  • Saturday, October 15– Oozing Wound, Electric Hawk and Cockhorse play 8pm-midnight. $5 at the door.

  • Monday, October 17– Special releases on tap, 5pm-midnight. All mead releases will be available by the glass, or in 32oz crowlers to-go.

For more information visit http://cellarmens.com/ and follow Cellarmen’s on Facebook

 

cider dayzeArmada, Mich — The Armada Lions Club will be hosting the 2nd annual Cider Dayze festival at Blake’s Hard Cider Co. This is an annual event celebrating Michigan’s ode to craft cider & beer!

It will be held Saturday August 27th from 12pm-8pm and Sunday August 28th from 12pm-5pm at Blake’s Hard Cider Co. in Armada, MI. The event is presented by the Armada Lions club and all proceeds will benefit the Armada Lions Club Charities, a non-profit in Armada, MI.

2015 Cider Dayze brought out over 3,000 attendees. The 2016 Cider Dayze attendance is expected to be in excess of 4,000 people.

cider dayze

Over 35 cideries and breweries will be pouring at this years event. We are still finalizing the brewery list now but currently we have commitments from Ellison Brewing, Founders, Farmhaus Cider, Short’s, Starcut Cider, Vandermill, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Great Lakes, ROAK, Rochester Mills, Falling Down Beer Co, Northville Winery & Cider Co., Blake’s Hard Cider Co, Cellarman’s, Uncle John’s Hard Cider, Axle Brewing and many more to come!

There will be games including silent disco, cornhole, beer stein hold competition,  live entertainment and local food with all proceeds going to charity.

Tickets are currently on sale here. Tickets are limited so get your ticket while there is still time!

Ticket pricing: Saturday $35.00 pre purchased online, $40.00 at the door day of the event. Ticket includes 9 – 5.0 oz pours and commemorative Cider Dayze tasting glass. Sunday Pricing: $30.00 pre purchases, $35.00 purchased at the door day of event. Ticket includes 9 – 5.0 oz pours and commemorative Cider Dayze tasting glass(Commemorative glasses are limited to the first 5,000 attendees).

The event will take place rain or shine on the farm at Blake’s Hard Cider Co. & Orchard & Cider Mill, located at 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada MI 48005.

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Armada, MI – Live life deliciously.. That’s what Blake’s Hard Cider is asking us all to do with their newest seasonal release, Black Phillip. The newest creation from Blake’s has infused blood orange and cranberry with Blake Farms apples into what might be their best cider to date.

“This is the best God damn cider America has ever seen,” said Andrew Blake, founder of Blake’s Hard Cider. “Just kidding, but this is my personal favorite cider we’ve made to date and the 12oz can our marketing team put together is unreal. I think it’s going to kick ass.”

This is Blake’s third new seasonal cider they’ve created this year alone. If the success of their spring seasonal, Tonic, and summer seasonal, Aurora, give any indication of how it will taste and be received, Black Phillip is sure to impress.

“So I don’t remember much from that fateful night,” mumbled Robert Lauer, Cidermaster at Blake’s Hard Cider. “Other than the full moon, a silvery voice and the sound of a jingling spur. It wasn’t so much a conversation, but I recall the words “cranberry and blood orange” and “seeing the world.” I think something was taken from me that night that I fear shan’t return cause of something about his book, and it’s been stranger ever since Black Phillip came into our lives.”

Black Phillip will be available August 1 to Blake’s Hard Cider distributor partners in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Kansas in 12oz six-pack cans, 22oz bottles, 1/6 bbl & ½ bbl kegs. Select bottle shops and grocery chains will carry Black Phillip in cans and bottles.

black phillip
Armada, MI – Live life deliciously.. That’s what Blake’s Hard Cider is asking us all to do with their newest seasonal release, Black Phillip. The newest creation from Blake’s has infused blood orange and cranberry with Blake Farms apples into what might be their best cider to date.
“This is the best God damn cider America has ever seen,” said Andrew Blake, founder of Blake’s Hard Cider. “Just kidding, but this is my personal favorite cider we’ve made to date and the 12oz can our marketing team put together is unreal. I think it’s going to kick ass.”
This is Blake’s third new seasonal cider they’ve created this year alone. If the success of their spring seasonal, Tonic, and summer seasonal, Aurora, give any indication of how it will taste and be received, Black Phillip is sure to impress.
“So I don’t remember much from that fateful night,” mumbled Robert Lauer, Cidermaster at Blake’s Hard Cider. “Other than the full moon, a silvery voice and the sound of a jingling spur. It wasn’t so much a conversation, but I recall the words “cranberry and blood orange” and “seeing the world.” I think something was taken from me that night that I fear shan’t return cause of something about his book, and it’s been stranger ever since Black Phillip came into our lives.”
Black Phillip will be available August 1 to Blake’s Hard Cider distributor partners in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Kansas in 12oz six-pack cans, 22oz bottles, 1/6 bbl & ½ bbl kegs. Select bottle shops and grocery chains will carry Black Phillip in cans and bottles.