LAKEVILLE — It all started about 50 years ago when two men created a recipe for hard cider, and have enjoyed sharing the story with all who listen.
Original Stump Blowers Ciderworks is owned and operated by a brother and sister team, Eric Smith and Elise Barnard, whose father and great-uncle began the legacy.
Smith and Barnard said there are variations of the story, but their mother likes to tell it like this.
“It can get pretty extreme, but our father and his uncle made the recipe,” Smith said. “They would talk about blowing up stumps, and would hide the hard cider in the trunks. They would sit by the fire and drink it.”
Barnard is the designer of the logo, shirts, cups, mugs, and everything else. Smith is the brewer. Eliza Havens lovely paintings are available for purchase as well.
“We are ready and excited to open,” Barnard said. “We signed everything over about a year ago, and have been in this building since September.”
The hard cider drinks are called Little Lake, Maple, Black and Blue, Ginger Citrus, and Original.
“We try to keep everything as local as possible,” Smith said.
Smith explained the process to all who came to the ribbon cutting on May 26 at 3 p.m.
“We work with apple juice instead of grapes, but the process is similar to wine. We have a three step process. The first is like the wine process, and we switch to the beer process,” he said. “We add the beer and kill the natural yeast. We cross-over the alcohol by volume. It is an easy process to combine the wine and beer processes and make it with apple cider.”
Barnard realizes not all people drink, so eventually they would like to have non-alcoholic drinks available.
Smith mentioned there is a shortage of cider apples, since during the Prohibition time period all the cider apple trees were ripped out. Everyone focuses on eating apples, but cider apples are an equally sweet and bitter taste.
The name of the company came from the story that was told to them growing up, about their father and great-uncle blowing up stumps.
“This is our way of honoring our great-uncle Charlie who died in 2014,” Smith said. “We wanted to use the actual name stump blowers for that reason.”
The hours have not been determined yet, but Original Stump Blowers Ciderworks is located at 5901 Big Tree Road in Lakeville. Barnard would like to be open everyday, but wants to see how things go first. They can be reached at 585-233-4381.