Friday, June 08, 2012

Vander Mill launches Rewards Days and new menu with kick off party

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Vander Mill launches Rewards Days and new menu with kick off party

Vander Mill Cidery held a rewards kick off party on Saturday, May 12th. Don't have a rewards card? No problem, because Vander Mill went well out of their way to hook everyone up with food, fun, and discounted cider and merchandise. And yes, the new beers debuted earlier this year were readily available on tap (along with a variety of hard ciders.) This event was the first of several planned “rewards days,” and also served as the inaugural sign-up day for future events.
Vander Mill launches Rewards Days and new menu with kick off partyThe party included the first preview of the upcoming 2012 menu (starting in June.) As a teaser, new menu items such as samplers of pork belly bites and house pulled pork sandwiches were available at the event. The proposed menu was distributed and indicated other items will include such delicacies as Deviled Duck Eggs and the “Vander Loaf” house made Meatloaf Sandwich. Standard Pizza Co., a popular mobile traveling wood fire pizza oven, was also on hand to provide additional nourishment.

Vander Mill launches Rewards Days and new menu with kick off partyDiscounts included vintage T-shirts for $5; and yes, by vintage Vander Mill readily admits this is a polite way of saying overstocked. Also why let those old labels go to waste? ¾ cases of Michigan Wit, Totally Roasted, and the Traditional Apple hard cider were practically given away at almost half price. Totally Roasted is a special made cider which is soaked with over 4 pounds of cinnamon and vanilla roasted pecans per batch. The immediate impact to the taste is subtle, but the pleasant and surprising aftertaste can not be missed. Michigan Wit is a dry cider fermented with a wheat yeast and spiced with orange peel and coriander.

And what would a party be without live music? Classically trained vocalist and songwriter Karisa Wilson was on hand with folksy pop and blues. Karisa has just released her new CD “Stronger.”

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.