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April 2, 2018

Time to Board Your “Flight” at Grand Illusion

So no one really knows who started beer flights, and now that Grand Illusion is open, our cider flights are becoming wildly popular, often selling them more than traditional pints themselves. At Grand Illusion, we have a number system and a flight card to fill out. Our taps are all numbered 1-24 and wine,1-4. You […]

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January 31, 2018

Hot Off the Press! Read all about it (us)….

Opening Soon in Carlisle: Grand Illusion Hard Cider

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October 23, 2017

An Urban Cidery Startup: Vol. 2

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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August 26, 2017

An Urban Cidery Startup: Vol. 1

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 […]

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June 30, 2017

Hard Cider: An American Tradition

As Americans, we have always cherished our alcohol. Indeed, it was once believed that the more we drank, and the wider variety of which we drank, the better our health. Today, we drink, on average, about 2.3 gallons of alcohol per year. But in 1790, Americans drank 34 gallons of beer and cider, five gallons […]

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June 19, 2017

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

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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