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CIDER APPLE FIELD DAY, May 10, 2016 Kickapoo Orchard:

8:30     Registration

9:00     Welcome – Andy & Julie Meyer, Kickapoo Orchard

9:15     Hard Cider in the U.S. and at Washington State University – Dr. Carol Miles

11:15    PARS Cider Apple Research Test Plot – Report by Supt. Matt Stasiak  

11:45    Special Lunch – Cooked & Served with Cider – The Hard Way

12:30    Cider Apple Cultivation – Dr. Amaya Atucha

1:00     Cider Research at CIAS & Data-Gathering for Grower Field Trials – Matt Raboin

2:00     Grower Contracts – Sara Ecker, WAGA President

2:30     Tour of Cider Apple Grafts – Bill Meyer, Master Grafter

3:30     Distribution of Trees for Grower Field Trials – Herdie Baisden

4:00     Tour of Kickapoo Cider Mill – Andy Meyer, Appleman Meyer, & Kickapoo Cider Man

4:30     Adjourn


February 17, 2016 Update.   Kickapoo Orchard Cider Mill was closed down during the worst of the below zero weather,  now pressing cider for wineries and distilleries, plus freezing 275 gallon totes of cider for use in late summer.

August 2015.  Cider Mill was moved from retail salesroom  to the packing house across Hwy. 171.


Pasteurized Cider sold at the orchard:

Fresh cider off our press is pumped into the 6,000 gallon stationary stainless tank then into an over-the road tanker for delivery to Citrus Systems in Hopkins, MN to be pasteurized and bottled.  The apple/cherry cider blend is also made at Citrus Systems.

May 2015:  Kickapoo Orchard is increasing the future volume of special cider blends by grafting several varieties of cider apples to existing apple trees.  

Made with our unpasteurized cider:   Hard Ciders, Wine, Beer & Brandy:

Available in our salesroom:  Wines, Westby :  Branches Winery

Apple and other wines:   August Hill Winery

 Apple and other wines:  Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery             

Available in our salesroom:  Apple and other wines:   Sugar Creek Winery:                             

 Available in our salesroom: Wine and Hard Cider:      Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery          

 Apple Ale, New Glarus, WI:   New Glarus Brewing

Fallen Apple, Spring Green, WI Further More Beer

Available in our salesroom Brandy, Vodka, Madison, WI:  Yahara Bay Distillery

Available in our salesroom:  Apple Wines, Richland Center: Weggy Winery              

Apple Wines, Dubuque, Iowa Stone Cliff Winery

 Apple Wines, Galena, IL Galena Cellars

Apple Wines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:  Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery and Distillery

A modern 24" continuous belt press makes pressing 800 to 1,000 gallons of cider an hour a possibility. Windfall apples are never used. Pre-sorted apples are kept in cold storage until  ready to be pressed. All apples are dunked in a water bath, sprayed with fresh water then sorted again before being sent down the weight sizer, up an elevator into the press room, then into the blade mill, the pomace goes into a hopper and drops down to the belt press. 

For further information about our pasteurized apple cider, apple cherry cider or unpasteurized cider to be used ONLY for fermentation or distillation purposes contact the Orchard Manager and Cider Mill Manager Andy Meyer

Bill Meyer, Co-owner of Kickapoo Orchard.

Press Manager, Keven Carter

Cider Crew, Jim Maybee, Jimmy Fisher