Raising the Woodchuck Cider House

CiderHouse_1We here at Woodchuck have been waiting months, (actually more like years), for this moment.  A moment that would not only set down our roots for the long haul in Vermont, but also serve as a new destination for the fans of Woodchuck Hard Cider.

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Cidery Construction Continues

ConstructionHeader_1The new Woodchuck® Cidery is starting to take shape!  After months of watching dirt piles get pushed around, the ground is level, the foundation poured, and steel is finally starting to rise here in Middlebury, VT.  The first part to be constructed is the bottling line and warehouse area.  The office space and visitor center will go up after that.

It’s a thrill to see the first portion of the structure go up.  The project has been four years in the making and to finally see the result of all that effort is certainly exciting.  Construction will continue right through the fall and winter with plans to be completed by the spring of 2014.

beams1We have been documenting the construction process over the last few months and have a cool way for you to keep up with all the things happening in our corner of the world.

Our Construction Page is now live on Woodchuck.com!

Head there for a constant stream of photos and video of the construction as it happens.  It is broken out by month so you can go back and see things from the start.  Thanks to all our fans out there… without your passion for Woodchuck Hard Cider a project like this could never happen!

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Cider Maker’s Corner – Who is Greg Failing?

Woodchuck Hard Cider's Master Cider Maker Greg FailingFor longtime Woodchuck fans Greg Failing is a name you may already be familiar with, but for those who are not, let us introduce him. Greg is our Master Cider Maker here at Woodchuck® Hard Cider. He’s been here since the beginning, and when we say “the beginning” we mean the very beginning. Greg is the guy responsible for our flagship style, Woodchuck® Amber Cider and we’re happy to tell you all about him.

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Setting down roots in our own backyard

 

woodchuck cidery groundbreaking 2013

Vermont has been our home since the beginning. Twenty-two years ago Master Cider Maker, Greg Failing, produced the very first batch of Amber Cider that has put Woodchuck® Hard Cider on the map nationwide, all from a two-car garage in the tiny town of Proctorsville, Vermont. Our dedication and deep appreciation for our home state are the pillars of our business, and today we are beaming with pride to tell you that we have officially broken ground on our brand new cidery here in Middlebury, Vermont. As a reader of The Core, you all get first glimpse at how the new cidery will look!

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Inside The Cidery – What’s the next cider?

Woodchuck Hard Cider, May, 2012. (photo: Ben Sarle)

“What will the next great Woodchuck® Hard Cider Variety be??”

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