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Woodchuck Hard Cider

1321 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753 (Map) (Set as Local)
802-388-0700 - Main Phone Number

Woodchuck Hard Cider Middlebury Vermont

Hours of Operation
Day Open Close
Sunday: 11:00 am 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am 5:00 pm
And by Appointment.


802-388-0700 - Main Phone Number
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1991 - Proctorsville, Vermont. Along the Black River, in a two-car garage, a wine maker by the name of Greg Failing begins an experiment with apples. Woodchuck Amber was the result and it would go on to reinvent a centuries old beverage which had vanished from the American conscious in the wake of Prohibition.

The first bottles were filled on a 1940's soda filler. It only filled 10-ounces, so the last two ounces of every bottle were topped off by hand with a turkey baster. The filler constantly broke down and parts were hard to come by. It took that resilient Vermont spirit to carry on, and carry on we did!

1992 - Woodchuck wanted to expand beyond the borders of the Northeast, but shipping costs, especially for kegs were quite high. One day a UPS van driver dropped off a package that was roughly the size of a keg. Lightbulb!

Eight kegs were sent to a wholesaler in Michigan. The kegs had UPS return slips attached. We were convinced we would never see the kegs again. About a month later, a UPS van pulled up and returned all eight empty kegs! So we tried 16 kegs next. They all came back. We kept going, trying 50 kegs at a time.

Before we knew it, a UPS tractor trailer full of kegs pulled up to our back door! UPS corporate finally cut us off, but we had built enough business to drive down our shipping costs and ship kegs in a more traditional fashion. Thanks to UPS, Woodchuck grew outside the borders of New England!

1993 - Dark and Dry (now 802?) was released. It's dark and dry characteristics were built with the beer drinker in mind. Woodchuck Dark & Dry beat out major craft beers at the Great Albany Beer Festival taking home the People's Choice Award. The win earned it a tap line at Albany's Knickerbocker Arena for a year

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