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Cider Mill

 The Cider Mill Team:  Keven Carter, Press Manager, Jim Maybee,  Larry Marsden     


July 30, 205 Update - the cider mill now located in retail sales area will be moved piece by piece across the highway to a new room located inside our packing facility in order to meet increasing demand for our cider. 

May 19, 2015.  The grafting crew has completed this year's grafting of new cider varieties in our orchard. 

Pasteurized Cider sold at the orchard:

Fresh cider off our press is pumped into a 5,000 gallon stationary stainless tanker 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 American, French and English cider apples to existing apple trees.  

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

Apple and other wines:   August Hill Winery

 Apple and other wines:  Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery             

Apple and other wines:   Sugar Creek Winery:                             

 Wines 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. Sorted apples come from our packing house in bulk bins, where they are kept in cold storage until an order is ready to be pressed. All apples are sorted again and sent through rotating brushes for a fresh water wash before dropping into the blade mill  to be crushed into pomace, and sent through the belt press.

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

Bill Meyer, Co-owner of Kickapoo Orchard and Cider Mill Manager