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Grandpa’s Cider Mill

July 12, 2010

  • 2941 Friday Road
  • Coloma, MI 49038
  • (269) 468-3700
  • Website

We get sucked in by billboards all the time.  For some reason, Coloma seems to have a lot of attractions that advertise along I-94 and appeal to J and I.

After we stopped at Fruit Acres Farm Market, we decided to check out another spot that we keep seeing ads for.

Grandpa’s Cider Mill is about a mile from the I-94 interchange on Friday Road south of the City of Coloma.  It’s a pretty simple red building that actually has the name Bainbridge Beverage Company on it.  The only sign that says Granpa’s is out near the road.

Once we got inside, there was no mistaken we were in the right place.

Immediately to your left is the Cider Mill.  It’s behind a glass wall so you can actually watch the cider being made in the fall.  The rest of the space does triple duty as a tasting bar, bakery, and retail outlet.

First thing we did was head to the back where the coolers of cider are.  I’m not a cider fan, but J is.  She reached in and grabbed two 16 oz bottles.  One was a traditional cider.  The other was cherry cider.  How good were they?  I just went to the fridge to look at the bottles and both are gone.  I actually had to find the bottles in the trash to make sure I wasn’t screwing up.  She downed both bottles and was left wanting more. You know you can’t go wrong when the ingredients list reads: “apples.”

We took a look around at the other products and got to taste a some of their homemade mustards, salsas, jams, and jellies.  I found a jalapeno mustard to be fantastic, but unsure of what I would use it on.

Before we left, J had to get a piece of pie.  There is a large deli case with all sorts of homemade desserts.  She chose a slice of cherry pie.  She asked to have it wrapped up to take home and it’s probably a good thing she did.  I noticed it wasn’t in the fridge when I got home from work last night.  She told me it was the so good and one of the best pies she’s had in a long time.  Had she eaten it there, we probably would have walked out with a whole pie.

One of the really cool features of Granpa’s, other than the cider mill, is the tasting bar.  It’s set up like a wine bar and you can taste as well as mix and match the different flavors of cider.  Again, cider isn’t really my thing, so we didn’t take advantage of this.  Had we not had some time constraints, I likely would have given it a shot just because it’s something totally unique.

Like every other place we’ve stopped outside of Coloma, Grandpa’s was worth the detour off the Interstate.  I don’t know the reason why Coloma has such unique and delicious tourist attractions, but it’s great for the area.  There’s still a couple places we’d like to stop and I’m sure next time we pull of exit 39, we’ll be making a return trip to Grandpa’s.

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