Saturday, June 15, 2013

Vander Mill Cider – A Great Year-Round, Gluten-Free Beverage

Written by  Dianna Stampfler
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Vander Mill Cider - A Great Year-Round, Gluten-Free Beverage

Despite common assumption, hard cider is not solely reserved for the autumn season. Vander Mill Cider produces a variety of hard ciders at its Spring Lake facility – year round. This summer, as you hit the Pure Michigan road, consider packing some Vander Mill for sharing with family and friends at the resort, cottage or campsite.

Three reasons to love Vander Mill Cider this summer…

1. It’s light and refreshing! 
Vander Mill products are created in a process nearly identical to the making of fruit wine – using yeast to ferment the natural sugars into alcohol. Vander Mill’s cider is not from concentrate or pasteurized, and results in a beverage with around 7% alcohol. Vander Mill ciders should be served chilled, in a pint glass. 

2. It’s easily transportable, in cans! 
Earlier this spring, Vander Mill began producing three of its popular ciders – Hard Apple, Totally Roasted and Blue Gold (formerly known as Apple Blueberry) – in 16-ounce cans. Now, as you explore the woods and waters of Michigan, you can easily transport your favorite Vander Mill cider.

3. It’s gluten free! 
With apples as the primary ingredient, hard cider is naturally gluten free! This means those with sensitivities are not restricted as they would be with other craft beverages.  

Vander Mill opened its 5000-square-foot market in 2006 and recently completed a 3500-square-foot, $600,000 expansion at its facility in Spring Lake which will allow for production in 2013 to top 100,000 gallons. Currently, more than 600 retail outlets and 200 bars/restaurants in Michigan and Chicago serve Vander Mill ciders, hand crafted by Cider Maker Joel Brower.

Dianna Stampfler

Dianna Stampfler

Dianna has been referred to as one of the most motivated, energetic and passionate leaders in the tourism industry, with more than 20 years of marketing, public relations and media relations experience.

She launched Promote Michigan in August, 2004 and has successfully established herself as an independent marketing representative for an impressive list of clients including Traverse Tall Ship Company, The Homestead Resort, ShowSpan Inc. (including Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival, Michigan International Auto Show and Grand Rapids Boat Show), Michigan Apple Committee, Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds – Michigan, Harbor Country CVB and Michigan Brewer’s Guild, among others.