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Carlisle's Hard Cider and Wine Bar — Grand Opening, February 23rd!

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Jan 31, 2018

The Town Dish covers our Grand Opening!

Carlisle, Pennsylvania’s only urban cidery, Grand Illusion Hard Cider, is planning its grand opening celebration for Friday, February 23, at 4 p.m. The hard cider and wine bar will feature 15 hard ciders, made both in-house and from regional cider makers, 5 specialty craft beers, and 6 Pennsylvania wines, all on tap and available by the glass. To accompany Grand Illusion’s refreshing beverages, the new location will also serve artfully crafted local cheese and charcuterie boards, a few inspired small plates and a variety of handmade flatbread pizzas.

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Want a Job? We are Hiring!

Nov 14, 2017

Yes, it’s official, folks.  Our help wanted sign is in the window.  We are looking for a Lead Bartender/Manager; Bartender/Event Planner, two Kitchen Staff and a small handful of smiling, happy Servers, all willing to be trained and indoctrinated into the Grand Illusion Experience.  Know someone who would be perfect for our company?  Maybe its…

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An Urban Cidery Startup: Vol. 2

Oct 23, 2017

This is Chad Kimmel, co-owner of Grand Illusion Hard Cider.  This is volume 2 of our multi-part series on starting a cider company in Pennsylvania. Part 1 can be found here. We learned early into the process that everyone we talked with about our cider business idea wanted to know our business name–the brand.  This,…

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An Urban Cidery Startup: Vol. 1

Aug 26, 2017

This is Chad Kimmel, co-owner of Grand Illusion Hard Cider.  My wife, Andrea, and I are developing a hard cider startup in Carlisle, PA, which will open in January 2018.  I wanted to use this blog series as a vehicle to outline both our story and the journey of starting an urban cidery.  We’ve met many others…

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Hard Cider: An American Tradition

Jun 30, 2017

Hard cider has played a special role in the evolution of our country. So if you are feeling a bit American this 4th of July, and wish to raise a glass to all those who came before us, pick CIDER, our national celebratory drink. They did. You should too.

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What’s In a Name?: The Story Behind Grand Illusion Hard Cider

Jun 19, 2017

With a lease signed, the applications for funding and the winery license submitted, and our banner now hanging proudly in the window of our downtown Carlisle storefront, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on what it is we are trying to create for you. This is the story of Grand Illusion…

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The Portland, Oregon of Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2017

Yes, you read that right. Hey Carlisle, lets become the Portland, OR of Pennsylvania. Who said that Philly and Pittsburgh should have all of the fun? Right here in the mid-state, we have so much going on—from wineries and micro-breweries, to craft cideries, meaderies and distilleries. We now have a Cumberland Valley Beer Trail and…

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Double Exposure Saison Cider Takes Bronze at Glintcap

May 22, 2017

We’re excited to announce that our hopped Saison cider named Double Exposure won a bronze medal in the commercial division Hopped Cider category at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition!

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Cidercraft Magazine Highlights Adams County PA

May 19, 2017

In its 8th issue, Cidercraft Magazine — North America’s first print magazine dedicated to hard cider — showcased the orchards and cider producers from Adams County, Pennsylvania.  Yes, it is the home of the legendary town of Gettysburg, who, in 1863…well, you know the story. Adams County, where Grand Illusion sources its apples, is the…

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