Phillips Orchards brings delicious hard cider to Lansing

Fall in Michigan is a beautiful time of year. The orchards are open for apple picking, cider is flowing and the smell of donuts fills the air. And while many orchards specialize in apple cider, not everyone makes hard cider (you know, for those of us 21 and older). But there’s a place in St Johns that does, and they’re heading to Lansing…

Phillips Orchards and Cider Mill

Phillips Orchards has been around since 1852, according to Lansing City Pulse. They have 170 acres filled with 34 kinds of apples, and they produce some of the most delicious ciders and donuts around. One of the newer additions to their lineup is hard cider.

Phillips added hard cider to the menu in 2019 and provided consumers with “true craft cider in small batches.” However, people had to travel to St Johns to get it. Soon they won’t have to leave Lansing.

Phillips Cider Bar in Frandor

I was walking through Frandor for dinner when I noticed a few signs for Phillips Orchards. Being the curious cat that I am, I jumped out of the car and took some pictures.

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

From the sign, it looks like the project is opening a bit later than expected. Brian Phillips, co-president of the plant, confirms with Lansing City Pulse that they are “waiting for the building department to approve the plans so that permits can be obtained to complete the work that we need”.

The cider bar will take over the former pet grooming place at 3000 rue de la Vigne in Frandor. Not only will there be a cider tasting room, but there will also be a market where customers can purchase fresh cider and baked goods. Their two-part opening is scheduled for October and November. Here’s a little sneak peek inside.

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

Courtesy of Kristen Matthews/TSM Lansing

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