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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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June 15, 2017

The Portland, Oregon of Pennsylvania

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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May 22, 2017

Double Exposure Saison Cider Takes Bronze at Glintcap

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! Double Exposure  (ABV 5%) — This farmhouse-style, Belgian Saison fermented cider, was a crowd favorite among laborers bailing hay in the 18th century; […]

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May 19, 2017

Cidercraft Magazine Highlights Adams County PA

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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