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    Post #1 - July 18th, 2016, 3:01 pm
    Post #1 - July 18th, 2016, 3:01 pm Post #1 - July 18th, 2016, 3:01 pm
    We took a trip to Grand Rapids last weekend, and that part of the world is cider-mad, it appears.

    Aside from Greg Hall's Virtue (which is big enough to merit a sign at the Fennvile exit on Hwy 196), we sampled People's Cider Company at the GR farmer's market - they have a bourbon-barrel aged which is very dry, and a ginger variety with a wonderful fresh ginger flavor ($15 for a pint jug, $10 for a refill), and a pair at Vander Mills, which opened their second facility recently in GR. The Chapman's Blend is a dry, higher-alcohol variety, very pale in color, crisp and perfect with food, almost a brut champagne. The Loving Cup is pinkish with hibiscus and pink peppercorn adding a slight burn but a lot of flavor. (Their restaurant offers 5oz mini pours enabling sampling at lunch without falling over -- and don't miss the Ham and Doughnuts).

    I saw a several other local ciders on menus including JK Scrumpy's.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #2 - July 21st, 2016, 11:19 am
    Post #2 - July 21st, 2016, 11:19 am Post #2 - July 21st, 2016, 11:19 am
    Cider mad, beer mad, and now hops mad (lots of hops now edging out vineyards and blueberry fields it seems). Was happy to see basically everything you mentioned above at The Northman the other day, which has a pretty broad list of ciders with Michigan being the best-represnted state. In the old Jury's spot on Lincoln.
  • Post #3 - July 21st, 2016, 8:29 pm
    Post #3 - July 21st, 2016, 8:29 pm Post #3 - July 21st, 2016, 8:29 pm
    JeffB wrote:Cider mad, beer mad, and now hops mad

    Vander Mill had hopped ciders too.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang

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