August 24, 2017

Greg Hall Sees a Higher Calling For Cider

Everyone wanted the brewmaster to stay. Greg Hall was 45 and savvy enough to help Goose Island Brewery through the transition after Anheuser Busch purchased the brewery for $38.8 million in 2011. Plus, Goose Island was consistently successful, and with new money and ideas injected, the possibilities were endless. But Hall didn’t stay. He left Goose Island and surprised everyone by becoming a … [Read more...]

Craft Beer Craze Opens Doors for Midwest Cider, Sparkling and Wine

The growing U.S. appetite for regional craft beers is having a positive, knock-on effect for the makers of local cider, sparkling and still wine.  According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry grew by more than ten percent last year, continuing nearly a decade of strong expansion.  U.S. cider sales are also up, increasing  23% from 2010, the fourth straight year of double-digit … [Read more...]

Northern Michigan Hard Cider Production Expands

Nestled along a scenic country road in Michigan's "little pinkie" is a simple barnlike building with a tandem bike displayed over the doorway. Inside, there is a surprise waiting for visitors to Leelanau Peninsula wine country: a tasting room featuring something different -- Michigan hard cider.Tandem Ciders founders Dan Young and Nikki Rothwell, a married couple, began selling cider in … [Read more...]

Prima Cider Rides the Hard Cider Wave

Imagine a fermented beverage that was once popular and jovial, then ravaged by prohibition, finally driven to the brink of extinction, only to be kept alive by farmers and locavores for decades.  Years later, the same drink slowly experiences a renaissance. Recognized for its unique and varied taste profile, the beverage makes its way from craft brewers to the mainstream. This is the story of … [Read more...]

Owl Creek Vineyard Eyes Southern Illinois Apples

The old Niagara vines, planted in 1980 by Owl Creek Vineyard founder and Midwest wine pioneer Ted Wichmann, still produce wine in Southern Illinois' first post Prohibition vineyard.    Owl Creek's current owner, Brad Genung, is carrying on the pioneering tradition as he develops the first hand crafted hard ciders on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail using local apples as the raw material.The new … [Read more...]