Products

Goldfinch
Slightly Sweet Hard Cider
Cherry Crush
Very Cherry Hard Cider
Peach Fizz
Peachy Hard Cider
Old Blue
Hard Cider With A Blueberry Twist
Hoppleseed
Hopped Up Hard Cider
Spiced Up
Nicely Spiced Hard Cider

Our Process

1: Pick

Pick

All of our apples are picked ripe off the trees to ensure our cider has the best flavor possible.

2: Wash

Bubbles

Our apples are brought into our cider barn where they are washed and sorted.

3: Press

Cider Press

What makes our cider unique is the blend of apples we press. We grow over 100 varieties of apples at our orchard and choose each variety we use for its specific attributes – sweetness, tartness, tannins, and aroma. Our apples are first ground and then pressed, producing 100% fresh juice. We feed the remains from pressing (apple pomace) to sheep and heritage pigs raised on our farm.

4: Ferment

Fermentation Tank

Yeast is added to the pressed cider triggering the fermentation process. The yeast eats the naturally occurring sugar in cider, converting it to alcohol. This takes 2 – 4 weeks because we ferment our cider at a low temperature to ensure best flavor quality.

5: Settle

Settling Tank

Once the cider has been converted to alcohol, we transfer it to a settling tank. This allows the yeast and any unwanted particles to be removed.

6: Bottle

Bottle

The finished product is then bottled and put into kegs before it is distributed to various outlets in eastern Iowa.

Where To Buy

AVAILABLE ON TAP AT:

515 BREWING, BARN TOWN BREWING, BIG GROVE BREWERY, BREWHEMIA, CELLAR PEANUT PUB, CODFISH HOLLOW, FAT HILL BREWING, FLIX BREWHOUSE, FORBIDDEN PLANET, IOWA BREWING COMPANY, IOWA TAPROOM, IRISH DEMOCRAT, LION BRIDGE BREWERY, LINCOLN WINE BAR, LONDON UNDERGROUND, MELLOW MUSHROOM, NEW BO CITY MARKET, LUCKY PENNY, PUB 217, RED’S ALE HOUSE, QUARTER BARREL, RED VESPA, SHORT’S BURGER &  SHINE, STELLA, 30 HOP, IOWA CHOP HOUSE, ORCHARD GREEN, TIPTON COUNTRY CLUB, ZEPPELINS,

and many other fine establishments.

 

AVAILABLE RETAIL LOCATIONS:

Are you interested in carrying Wilson’s Hard Cider in your bar, restaurant, or retail establishment? We’d be thrilled to hear from you! We’re currently distributing throughout the state of Iowa with Johnson Brothers.

About Us

Surrounded by old oak forest, Wilson’s Orchard occupies both sides of a valley with Rapid Creek winding through the farm. Our picturesque orchard is the perfect place to spend some quality time outdoors. Hear the birds sing, watch the muskrats play, smell the wildflowers. Oh yeah, and pick the best tasting fruit you have ever tried.

We grow over 100 varieties of apples at Wilson’s Orchard, all chosen based on one simple criterion: great taste. You will find all kinds of apples: big ones, small ones, green ones, yellow ones, and purple ones, each with its own flavor and texture. The varieties we grow ripen from the beginning of August through October.

In addition to fresh fruit, we also make a variety of homemade bakery items, apple cider vinegar, dried apples, fresh pressed apple cider, and now hard cider. Stop by the orchard during our season to enjoy a fresh baked apple turnover or homemade apple cider donuts. Or grab a pie to take home and bake. Or visit Rapid Creek Cidery for dinner, brunch, or a pint of Wilson’s Hard Cider. There’s something for everyone at the orchard! Visit the Wilson’s  Orchard website for more information.

The production of hard apple cider is steeped in rich history and tradition in America and throughout the world. In September 2015, Wilson’s Orchard began crafting our very own hard cider with the same passion used to grow some of the best fruit in the midwest. Our hard ciders use 100% fresh pressed apple juice to create a unique and crisp fermented brew.

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