Loon Juice is growing – and adding new flavors of cider.
The Minnesota cider brand from Four Daughters Vineyard & Wineryhas completed construction on a new 14,000-square foot facility – the largest of its kind in the Midwest, according to an email news release.
And with that, comes three new flavors that will be available in stores by mid-June, Kristin Osborne, of Four Daughters, told BringMeTheNews.
The flavors include:
- Strawberry Shandy – strawberries, apples and lemonade, combined. Loon Juice describes it as your taste buds having a "pillow fight."
- Ginger Mojito – it's apples, key lime, natural ginger and mint. Loon Juice says it's one of the "most refreshing refreshments ever created."
- Tea Time – black tea and apples, mixed (which sounds sort of like a beverage a golfer might drink.)
All of the new ciders will be mixed with the Minnesota-invented HoneyCrisp apples, just like Loon Juice's flagship cider – which has no added sugar and isn't from concentrate, according to the company's website.
“We’ve been extremely well received by the entire Midwest and we’re excited to be expanding our product line. Our new cidery allows us to contend with the top brands in the country," Justin Osborne, the Loon Juice cider maker, said in the release.
A new cidery, and expanding distribution
The new facility, which opened last week, includes custom-built tanks that were designed by the cider maker – complete with "lots of bells and whistles" to help make the cider, Kristin Osborne told BringMeTheNews.
That includes a flash pasteurizer – the process doesn't strip flavors like traditional tunnel pasteurization, which is "almost always used," she added. And a new canning line.
As Loon Juice expands its production, it will also expand distribution. Currently, consumers can buy the cider throughout Minnesota, in Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Loon Juice says it is considering expanding to more Midweste states this summer.
People can also visit Loon Juice's taproom and restaurant, located at the Four Daughters winery, as well as take free tours of the new facility.
Loon Juice will also be participating in Minnesota Cider Week, which starts Monday. The cidery will pour its new ciders at Cider Fest at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on June 11.
Loon Juice also recently launched a new website.