P.O. Box 6005, Grand Rapids, MI 49516
Let me ask you something. What’s the most fun thing you can make with apples? If you said apple pie, you might want to read the next few paragraphs.
Jason Lummen is the CEO, staff and chief bottle washer at The People’s Cider Company, a brand new business in Grand Rapids that’s turning Michigan apples into a party in your mouth.
A little more than ten years ago, Jason Lummen pressed some apples at a local farm to produce his first five-gallon batch of hard cider. After tasting it and thinking to himself, “Hey, this stuff is pretty good,” Jason purchased his first fifty-gallon fermenter, which his wife welcomed into the kitchen of their one-bedroom apartment in Heartside.
As the years passed, his friends and family tasted the cider and said, “Hey, this stuff is pretty good.” This encouraged him so much that in June of 2011, on his son’s first birthday, Jason incorporated The People’s Cider Company with the goal of creating a premium dry cider.
Jason loves the fact that he buys his apples locally, ferments his cider locally and sells to locals who love what he’s doing. In a way, he’s created the classic “circle of cider.” I had a chance to sit down, relax and enjoy a bottle of Jason’s finest, and I have to say for the record, I don’t know why they call it hard cider, because it’s so easy to drink!
So expect big things from Jason and The People’s Cider Company, because as he grows, it’ll be good for the community, good for Michigan and a great addition to your next party.