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To our loyal Spring Lake customers

October 22, 2020

It is with mixed emotions that we are announcing the sale of our original facility in Spring Lake. This Fall will be our 15th and final season at this location. Amanda and I started Vander Mill in 2006 after more than a year of preparation and while expecting our first child. The goal was to … Continue reading To our loyal Spring Lake customers


Wait….Aren’t you just a cider place?

June 18, 2020

  Well, the very simple answer is NO! It is true, we are well known for our world class ciders made at our facility in Grand Rapids.  We use the best fruit in the world, grown right here in West Michigan. In fact, at both locations you can try more different types of cider than … Continue reading Wait….Aren’t you just a cider place?


What is the safest way to dine out? We think that we have the answer.

June 18, 2020

I was having a conversation with a friend recently regarding how much our lives and habits have changed since COVID-19.  Alden said it best when relating people and their behavior to that of someone with a recent concussion.  Certainly the intent is not to make light of a serious injury, but rather to describe the  … Continue reading What is the safest way to dine out? We think that we have the answer.


What COVID procedures to expect when visiting Vander Mill.

June 18, 2020

Going out for dinner and or drinks has changed for all of us due to COVID-19.  At Vander Mill we strive to give our customers the best experience while enjoying great food, cider, beer, cocktails, and most importantly, great company!  We would like to outline a few of these changes so you know what to … Continue reading What COVID procedures to expect when visiting Vander Mill.


10 places that prove Grand Rapids is the craft beverage capital of the U.S.

February 13, 2020

Grand Rapids has the well-earned nickname “Beer City USA” (its first brewery was established in 1836), but this Midwestern city’s penchant for craft beverage extends far beyond the brew. Michigan’s second largest city has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, with a steady influx of young professionals and entrepreneurs fueling this thirst … Continue reading 10 places that prove Grand Rapids is the craft beverage capital of the U.S.


Agriculture Forum: Michigan on tap at CiderCon

February 4, 2020

CiderCon 2020 hit the streets of Oakland, California, earlier this week. The country’s annual cider (hard cider) conference hosted more than 1,200 cider makers, suppliers, distributors, juice companies and equipment manufacturers to celebrate and learn about all things cider. This year marks the 10th annual CiderCon, and this show has grown from its humble beginnings … Continue reading Agriculture Forum: Michigan on tap at CiderCon


Copper & Kings Launches “Northern Soul” Michigan Apple Brandy

November 7, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. announces its latest unique barrel-finished, pure copper pot-distilled American apple brandy, “Northern Soul,” a limited release aged in Michigan hard cider casks from famed Michigan cidery, Vander Mill. READ MORE…


Beverage Association Names President

April 8, 2019

A business owner in the area is the new president of a statewide beverage association. The Michigan Cider Association is now under the leadership of John Behrens, owner of Farmhaus Cider Co. in Hudsonville. The association’s co-founder, and the owner of Vander Mill in Grand Rapids, Paul Vander Heide, has stepped down after four years … Continue reading Beverage Association Names President


Craft hard cider adds value, diversity to Michigan’s agricultural community

January 31, 2019

It wouldn’t be autumn in Michigan without a visit to the apple orchard or cider mill. From caramel apples and apple pies to apple butter and apple cider, there are a number of ways to enjoy the flavors of fall. Count hard apple cider among them. Hard cider is made from fermented crushed or juiced … Continue reading Craft hard cider adds value, diversity to Michigan’s agricultural community


Beer Buzz Vander Mill Totally Roasted Offered at Binny’s

November 20, 2018

Vander Mill Totally Roasted 6 Pack of 12oz Cans $9.99 How about a break from beer? Vander Mill uses handmade cinnamon roasted pecans and whole vanilla beans to create this one of a kind hard cider. Sweet spice and vanilla pair perfectly with bright apple notes and the pecans impart some body and a subtle … Continue reading Beer Buzz Vander Mill Totally Roasted Offered at Binny’s


Craft hard cider adds value, diversity to Michigan’s agricultural community

November 12, 2018

It wouldn’t be autumn in Michigan without a visit to the apple orchard or cider mill. From caramel apples and apple pies to apple butter and apple cider, there are a number of ways to enjoy the flavors of fall. Count hard apple cider among them. Hard cider is made from fermented crushed or juiced … Continue reading Craft hard cider adds value, diversity to Michigan’s agricultural community


This Is Why Red Delicious Apples Suck So Hard

August 22, 2018

The Washington Apple Commission describes the Red Delicious on its website as “the world’s favorite snacking apple,” but all schoolchildren who have ever thrown one away know the truth: Red Delicious apples suck. Bland, sometimes cardboardy in texture and usually covered in wax, they’re still found in gas stations, in bowls at the reception desks … Continue reading This Is Why Red Delicious Apples Suck So Hard


Amy’s Top 10 most-anticipated places for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2018

August 9, 2018

With over 75 different restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids this year, it can be almost overwhelming to pick which places to experience. Each place is offering different meal deals and there is a great variety of cuisines this year. So just how do you choose? My Michigan’s Best partner John Gonzalez and I decided to each make … Continue reading Amy’s Top 10 most-anticipated places for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2018


Feeling the Heat: West Michigan restaurant industry grapples with labor shortage

July 9, 2018

A struggle to find staff willing to work for minimum wage is forcing one pizza shop in Grand Rapids to shift from offering a dine-in option to becoming solely a delivery operation. Mike Raymond, the owner of Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery (GRPD) in the city’s Heritage Hill neighborhood, last month decided to close his … Continue reading Feeling the Heat: West Michigan restaurant industry grapples with labor shortage


EXPANDING THE PIE: Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors

June 25, 2018

Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors An update to Michigan law is bringing a more equitable approach to how license fees from craft beverage producers are spent. On Oct. 1, the Michigan Craft Beverage Council will replace the Grape and Wine Industry Council and expand its membership to also include breweries, cideries … Continue reading EXPANDING THE PIE: Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors


At its core, West Michigan’s hard cider is a-peel-ing and the industry is fruitful

May 17, 2018

If you just focus on the craft brews and the wines made in Michigan, then you’re missing a growing part of the Michigan beverage scene – cider. Cider Week GR is happening now to May 19 in Grand Rapids. The city is also hosting the annual Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition – the largest competition of its … Continue reading At its core, West Michigan’s hard cider is a-peel-ing and the industry is fruitful


CIDER WEEK IS IN FULL SWIG

May 15, 2018

Grand Rapids is celebrating cider this week with Cider Week. Tap takeovers, cider-and-food pairings at local restaurants and breweries, cider tours, and a festival are all part of the festivities being offered throughout the week. Over 23 Michigan cideries are participating in the week’s events. “It’s our goal for Grand Rapids to be known as … Continue reading CIDER WEEK IS IN FULL SWIG


Q&A: Paul Vander Heide, Owner of Vander Mill LLC

February 21, 2018

Vander Mill owner Paul Vander Heide has helped put Michigan cider on the map. The growing Grand Rapids-based hard cider producer makes more than 250,000 gallons a year and sells its portfolio of brands in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. With his election as president of the United States Association of Cider Makers during … Continue reading Q&A: Paul Vander Heide, Owner of Vander Mill LLC


Q&A: Paul Vander Heide, Owner of Vander Mill LLC

February 19, 2018

Vander Mill owner Paul Vander Heide has helped put Michigan cider on the map. The growing Grand Rapids-based hard cider producer makes more than 250,000 gallons a year and sells its portfolio of brands in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. With his election as president of the United States Association of Cider Makers during … Continue reading Q&A: Paul Vander Heide, Owner of Vander Mill LLC


Cider Association Elects 2018 Board of Directors Welcomes Paul Vander Heide of Michigan as New President

February 7, 2018

Portland, OR–The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) elects new directors and officers each year at their annual meeting which takes place during CiderCon–the industry conference for USACM members held each February. CiderCon 2018 took place at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott from January 30 to February 2. At CiderCon last week, USACM welcomed new leaders and thanked those … Continue reading Cider Association Elects 2018 Board of Directors Welcomes Paul Vander Heide of Michigan as New President


Ron Funches returns to Laughfest

January 29, 2018

Gilda’s Laugh Fest continues to expand and draw top talent to Grand Rapids. This year’s lineup includes Trevor Noah and John Mulaney and features the return of Ron Funches for the eighth community-wide festival. Fans may recognize Funches from NBC’s “Powerless” and “Undateable” as well as being featured in ABC’s critically acclaimed “Black-Ish.” Funches has … Continue reading Ron Funches returns to Laughfest


Hard cider maker distributing statewide

October 19, 2017

A local hard cider maker is expanding its partnership with a statewide beverage distributor. Imperial Beverage will now represent Vander Mill in all counties throughout Michigan. The cidery has been working with Imperial Beverage since 2013 to distribute its cider to all but two counties in the state. With the new partnership, Vander Mill will … Continue reading Hard cider maker distributing statewide


The Scoop on the Certified Cider Professional Program

August 29, 2017

The cider industry has taken a big step forward this year with the release of the Certified Cider Professional (CCP) program. Developed by the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM), the online program (which includes an exam) is the cider world’s answer to beer’s cicerone and wine’s sommelier. “We thought it was up to … Continue reading The Scoop on the Certified Cider Professional Program


VANDER MILL CHEF SERVES UP NEW MENU

August 28, 2017

Chef Peter Davidson has been overseeing the Vander Mill Grand Rapids kitchen for less than a month, but he is already incorporating some new ideas into the cider-maker’s food menu, with plans for a bigger overhaul later this year. Davidson said he plans to focus on lighter-fare with bold flavors. “Beet poke is being considered,” … Continue reading VANDER MILL CHEF SERVES UP NEW MENU