With fall just around the corner (how is it the end of August already?), we have started to think about what ciders we’ll be drinking in a few short weeks. Cue Vander Mill! We are so excited to announce that Vander Mill is one of our sponsors for this year’s Wedtoberfest. We’ll definitely be enjoying all of their ciders come September 22nd.
Some background history: Paul and Amanda Vander Heide started Vander Mill ten years ago in 2006. Their vision wasn’t too elaborate: a small-town cider mill where people could feel at home. After countless hours of dedication to learning the craft of pressing, fermenting and blending, their vision managed to come to fruition. Their ciders now reach across 5 different states, and manage to still have that small-town charm. The Grand Rapids location is now open, which will increase production by 400%, and will also feature a tap room.
What sets you apart from other midwestern breweries? We work with the Dietrich family apple farm located right here in West Michigan, pressing only the best Michigan apples for our ciders. Our cider is never pasteurized and we do not add preservatives. Every 40-bushel bin is thoroughly culled (sorted) to eliminate the possibility of any bad apples entering the juice. We then wash the apples before grinding them into “pomace”- the pomace then is transferred to our accordion-style press, where we squeeze it dry. We use only fresh juice when fermenting hard cider.
Why are you excited to sponsor this year’s Wedtoberfest? We enjoy working alongside some of our favorite partners like Bottles & Cans (another sponsor for Wedtoberfest). As a husband and wife team, and their dedication to craft products, strike very similar as Paul & Amanda Vander Heide.
What’s a cider that you recommend drinking this fall? Totally Roasted- The medley of cinnamon, pecan, and vanilla will dance on your palate. This is a mind altering example of what cider can be. We hope you love it as much as we do – it’s also gluten-free!
Check out what’s new and exciting at Vander Mill here. We can’t wait for you to try their amazing sponsor at Artifact Events next month! If you still haven’t bought tickets, you can purchase them here.