Full List of Our Hard Ciders, etc.
At Vander Mill, we start our process with high-quality Michigan apples. From there, we craft them into a crisp, delicious cider. Each flavor is a unique transformation of apples and other pairings of ingredients to create a unique, distinct flavor. Plus, all of our cider products are naturally gluten-free.
Available in 12 oz 6- and 12-packs
Zero Line & Special 16 Ounces
Barrel-Aged Totally Roasted
Heirloom & Heritage Blends
We are continually pushing the boundaries of cider making and challenging the typical cider profiles. Some of these ciders are crafted in small runs and are available in limited supply for a short time. Please note this is a comprehensive list of all the ciders we have made. Our daily offerings may be different due to availability and seasonality.
IN THE TAPROOM*
*depending on supply
The poblano peppers that are dried (which are called ancho chiles) are infused into this cider to give a mild smokey flavor and a subtle heat. This cider also has flavors reminiscent of raisins and plums. This is not a HOT/SPICY cider (i.e. Blake's Mango Habanero) it has a super subtle flavor that emphasizes the warmth in the flavors of the ancho chiles.
Spring/Summer Seasonal Cider.
Traditional hard apple cider is blended with hand-pressed, fresh raspberry juice to give it a distinctive pink color as well as a bright, tart, fruit-forward flavor.
A blend of Yarlington Mill, Dabinett, Spitzenburg, and Golden Russet apples fermented with red wine yeast in stainless steel. The nose is full of raisins and cherry with a flavor that has mild acidity and tannins.
Made from a variety of Michigan apples, Brut Zero is dry with no added sugar. This craft cider boasts a clean fruit flavor and bright carbonation.
A delicate harmony of local Michigan blueberries and apples is the foundation of this cider. The balance of fruit-forward flavor and tart acidity is worth its weight in gold.
A blend of heirloom apples including Dabinett, Yarlington Mill, Golden Russet & Spitzenberg, grown specifically with us in mind by Dietrich Orchard in the Casnovia Township... Barrel fermented in white oak left unfiltered. Bright apple flavor, full-bodied and delicious High tannins, full-bodied.
A blend of heirloom apples including Dabinett, Yarlington Mill, Golden Russet & Spitzenberg, grown specifically with us in mind by Dietrich Orchard in the Casnovia Township. Every batch of Casnovia wild will be different because its fermentation is created by the wild yeast that lives in the air and on the fruit.
A tribute to John Chapman, better known as “Johnny Appleseed”. It is made with four types of heritage apples including Winesap, Baldwin, Northern Spy, and Jonathan. It is a semi-dry cider with a clean fruit flavor and slight carbonation. ABV 6.9%
*This cider is often likened to a stainless steel fermented (French) chardonnay. Additionally, it can be thought of as champagne or brut sparkling wine.
Chapman’s Oaked is made using a variety of American heritage apples including Winesap, Baldwin, Spy, and Jonathan. This cider is aged in white oak barrels to give slight hints of wood, vanilla, and tannin. Light carbonation lends to a complex fruit flavored cider with a semi-dry finish.
Dry Hard Apple blended with Michigan Balaton Cherry juice for a refreshingly tart experience. (Balaton Cherries are a Hungarian cherry named after the Balaton Lake in Hungry. They thrive in the Williamsburg area of northern Michigan) This cider is the official beverage of LaughFest which is the comedy showcase series to help raise money and awareness for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops, and social activities designed to support emotional health.
A heritage cider that is also unique because it is a single varietal cider (made with only 1 type of apple) this cider is full of tannins and the characteristic of the bittersweet apple shine thru. A cider lover's must.
A hard cider made with Michigan basswood honey, orange blossom water and infused with nitrogen for a lush, flavorful blend of apple, honey sweetness, and light citrus finish. This cider is unique because it is available on Nitro only. Nitro ciders (and beer) have smaller bubbles but more of them which gives the beverage a smoother mouthfeel. You’ll also get more of the aromatics (smell) of the beverage because more of the bubbles are bursting faster. Totally Roasted on CO2 will have more of a nutty flavor while Totally Roasted on Nitro has more of an apple pie quality because of the apple aromatics.
A refreshing balance of bright ginger bite and peach sweetness, neither of which will overpower your face. Pair it with food, or crush it on its own, this cider is crisp and clean from start to finish. This cider is called GINGER peach for a reason, it is ginger forward with a sweet finish and is probably one of the sweetest core ciders we offer.
A refreshing, bright, ginger bite combined with fresh Michigan apples, this cider is clean, dry, and crisp from start to finish.
Our traditional hard cider is a semi-sweet cider. We use a unique blend of Michigan apples to balance acidity and fresh apple flavors.
Freshly picked Michigan hops provide a refreshing twist that cleanses your palate with each sip. This unfiltered, hazy cider with zero added sugar is sure to quench your thirst time after time.
Pressed Michigan raspberries are blended with cider for a refreshing balance of flavors. With no added sugar, Rasperry Zero is tart and dry, but true to the fruit it's born from.
Formerly, Loving Cup
This specialty cider is the perfect combination of sweet (apple), floral hibiscus, and savory with the infusion of pink peppercorns to balance out the cider. The cider is a light blush color from the hibiscus flowers. This cider is mostly dry with a light amount of back sweetening and is typically available only in small batches at varying points during the year. The cider comes across as having a rich berry flavor and finishes tart. Rebranded as Rosé in 2019, old-school Vander Fans will remember it as Loving Cup.
SPRITZ & GIGGLES
Created in collaboration with our friends at Links Taproom in Chicago, this cider pairs perfectly with a day in the sun on the patio of your favorite bar. Based on the flavors of an Aperol Spritz, orange peel, cardamom, star anise, and herbal notes with a refreshing, palate-cleansing carbonated finish. Garnished with an orange slice for the perfect fresh touch.
**When serving, this cider goes in a pint glass with ice and is garnished with an orange wedge.
One of our most popular flavors begins with our traditional hard apple cider and is then infused with cinnamon, vanilla pecans that we roast in-house. Each batch of pecans is roasted 8 lbs at a time, for about 20 minutes, in our copper kettle, with vanilla and cinnamon. To make one batch of Totally Roasted it requires 144 lbs of toasted pecans. Each batch has to be watched closely to make sure that the nuts and sugar don’t burn. This is one of our most popular and well-known ciders. Many people often ask why we don’t buy a larger kettle to roast a larger amount of pecans. Unfortunately, a large kettle doesn’t exist!
Vandy is the answer to the old adage of An Apple A Day... It’s a cider that blends the crisp and clean flavor of fermented apples with the fresh harvest of those just pressed. What makes Vandy so unique is that it has only one ingredient: Apples. Our blend of apple juice is fermented completely dry and then we slowly add apple juice to create a natural sweetness and low alcohol by volume.
OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE
A UK variety was introduced to the U.S. in the early 1700s. This cider has a very rich, dried fruit aroma, big flavor, and full body of apricots and apples with balanced acidity, followed by a nice tannic and alcohol warming finish.
Available in bottles only and once we're out it's gone forever.
A barrel-aged cyser with select Michigan apples, local wildflower honey, and time spent in Revolution Brewing Straight Jacket barrels. Revolution Brewing is located in Chicago, IL and its Straight Jacket is a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine. The cider picks up nutty, toasted coconut, stone fruit, molasses, and vanilla.
Apple blueberry cider. When creating products from Michigan fruits, it seems natural to include Michigan blueberries. They add fruity flavor to our cider. Like all of our ciders, this one is not too sweet or overpowering, but it is one of our sweeter core ciders. The blue color will vary throughout the season and year depending on the blueberry crop.
Bon Chrétién, or “Good Christian” is the original name given to the modern-day Bartlett Pear. Its French origin dates back to 1483 and the days of King Louis XI. Today, this variety is the most prevalent pear in the United States. Bon Chrétién is fermented using all Michigan Bartlett pears. It is semi-dry and lightly carbonated, with clean and subtle notes of pear.
*Our oak-aged version of this cider is aged in white new American oak for over a year. The oak is less pronounced because of the sweetness from the pears.
CHAPS & LEDERHOSEN
Chapman’s Blend, dry-hopped with German Hallertau Blac Hops.
A semi-sweet blend of cranberry juice, hard cider, and rosemary.
CYSER VAN DOOM
From the depths of your fears, we bring you Cyser Van Doom. Pure cider fermented dry with Michigan honey to 8.5% alcohol is where it all begins. Post-fermentation, this cyser is aged in barrels with a dark history. First used to age some of the finest bourbon and second age in Imperial IPA. After six months, Cyser Van Doom encompasses the fine qualities of all. Rich, dry, and complex.
FOUNDERS KEEPERS CYSER
Apple cider is fermented with Michigan Honey and aged in bourbon barrels for one year. Semi-dry cyser with honey and floral notes.
Silver medal winner at the International Cider Competition in San Sebastian, Spain in November 2019. Cider aged in white American oak. It has an herbal dried fruit nose with warm dark red fruit and a robust finish.
A collaborative cyser made with Greenbush Brewing Company. Michigan apple juice and wildflower honey provide an experience at once sweet and dry while aging in Greenbush’s Delusion barrels lends a distinct bourbon character.
ICE ICE PERRY
Ice Ice Perry is an unprecedented combination of perry and cider. Our award-winning barrel-aged perry blended with heirloom ice cider offers a truly unique experience. Notes of pear, vanilla, and coconut are tempered by the sweetness and mild tannin from the cider.
Now called Rosé.
Best in Show winner at the International Cider Competition in San Sebastian, Spain in November 2019. An effervescent and refreshing semi-dry cider infused with orange peel, star anise, and green cardamom.
Best in Class winner at the International Cider Competition in San Sebastian, Spain in November 2019. Perfectly balanced semi-sweet cider featuring hibiscus, ginger juice, and coriander for a refreshing experience.
This is the winner of our Christmas party contest. Hard cider blended with mango juice and then dry-hopped with Citra hops. Semi-sweet mango and citrus fruit flavors and aroma. Semi-sweet, unfiltered.
MANGO-CITRA BA (BARREL AGED)
This is the winner of our Christmas party contest. Hard cider blended with mango juice and then dry-hopped with Citra hops. Semi-sweet mango and citrus fruit flavors and aroma. Semi-sweet, unfiltered fermented in an oak barrel.
Midwest apples meet Belgian Wit yeast, creating an unfiltered farmhouse cider full of character. Distinct orange peel and coriander enhance the flavor, bringing warmth full of zest and spice.
MSG: MANGO SIMCOE GOODNESS
Mango Simcoe Goodness is the quintessential summer drink–bright, refreshing, and crushable. Mango juice is added to our cider during fermentation, which allows the sugars in the juice to ferment to dry while retaining all of the delicious mango flavors. Then we dry hop with a generous pile of Simcoe hops. The result is a thirst-quenching, flavorful cider worthy of your summertime quest for great taste.
Opposites attract in this seasonal specialty. Our hard apple cider provides a base of unmatched fruit and acidity, while Columbus hops unveil an earthy bitterness.
Miss Nunica Pine? Try a 50/50 blend of Hopped Zero and Hard Apple!
THE PERRY FROM IPANEMA
This barrel-aged perry is made exclusively from Michigan Bartlett pears. Over two years in American white oak barrels allowed the developing wood and coconut flavors time to properly blend, balance, and mellow.
Puff is a collaborative barrel-aged product between Vander Mill and New Holland Brewing Company. This cyser is fermented with Michigan wildflower honey to complete dryness and then aged in New Holland Dragon’s Milk barrels for eight months. The richness of the stout, and depth of the barrel flavor make this product very complex. A hint of the honey and acidity of the cider round out the profile.
75% California Rosé, 25% Hard Apple
American wheat pale ale brewed with 15% fresh apple cider. Excellent summer choice.
THE NAKED FARMER
This zero Brix (sugar) cider is unfiltered for a full-bodied look at what pure Michigan apple juice can be.
A blend of golden heirloom apples which include Grimes Golden, Golden Russet, and Gold Rush. This blend is aged in Missouri white oak barrels for eight months which adds notes of oak and tannin to this crisp, dry cider.
The mint and lime concoction you don’t need to serve on the rocks.
YELLOW BRICK RHODE
This light-bodied summer heritage release is characterized by both the historic Rhode Island Greening and modern Gold Rush apple. Soft tannin complexity was afforded over the near year this cider spent in American white oak barrels. Notes of pear, fresh-cut apple, and spices are quite refreshing.