Milk & Honey Ciders’ Aaron Klocker, Adam Theis, and Peter Gillitzer are pressing forward to achieve a longtime dream they’ve had since they started planning their cidery back in 2011—a taproom.
Come August 25, it will finally come to fruition.
Due to the difficult landscape of the cidery’s original location in Cold Spring, Minnesota, the founders looked for a bigger and better space to burgeon the Milk & Honey brand. And what they unearthed was 10 ample acres of St. Joseph land. “We had been searching for a place that still represents the rural nature of cidermaking but was a bit easier for people to come,” Gillitzer said in a press release. “We found this in the St. Joseph location. It is in a tourist area with lots of other complementary businesses and will go well with the landscape.”
Their new location on County Road 51 will also include a second orchard, as well as a 5,000-square-foot building for production, cellaring, and that dream tasting room. Furthermore, eight tap lines will flow with Milk & Honey favorites and seasonal offerings, in addition to packaged ciders available to purchase and a large outdoor patio for special events and extra seating.
“Our new cidery will allow us to offer even more cider, apple, and cultural education and to celebrate this historic beverage,” Gillitzer said in the press release. “There is a high level of integrity with our processes and we encourage people to visit our operation.”