Turning lemons into lemonade; Hailstorm birth of new operation

  • Moon Hill Brewing Co. Owner Rick Walton and Brewers Matt Ducharme, Chad Warner and Jeremy Bednarz with Red Apple Farm Owners Al and Nancy Rose, former Owner Bill Rose and their staff, in the Fermentation Room for their new collaborative hard cider operation at Red Apple Farm.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 10/9/2019 9:45:15 PM
Modified: 10/10/2019 8:48:39 AM

PHILLIPSTON — The Red Apple Farm and Moon Hill Brewing will celebrate the grand opening of their new hard cider operation, when their first cider, “Hailstorm” will be available at the Brew Barn on Red Apple Farm, and at the Gardner Ale House.

A grand opening will be held at the apple farm at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.

The Red Apple Farm of Phillipston and Moon Hill Brewing Co. of Gardner are continuing their story of collaboration with yet another project, a hard cider operation on the property of Red Apple Farm in a new converted barn space, which contains the fermentation room and, in the not too distant future, a tasting room.

Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose expressed his gratitude and good fortune too, that so many people in the area support the farm, the collaboration with Moon Hill and now the new cider operation. “We had a tough time in June when a freak hailstorm hit and damaged 40 percent of our apple crop. So, what a wonderful solution to our problem; our version of turning lemons into lemonade is this new hard cider. Everyone has been so supportive and excited.”

Rick Walton, Moon Hill Brewing owner, said the name of the first cider was a no-brainer, “We’re calling it Hailstorm. People love the name.” Red Apple Farm owner Nancy Rose alerted all to one very important fact: “Finally we can offer our own gluten-free hard cider!”

Walton also said, “We don’t have a logo or label design yet, but we have some words we like that will probably end up on the can one way or another. Hailstorm Hard Cider - Born of stormy elements.”

For more information visit: www.redapplefarm.com or www.moonhillbrewing.com

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