We are cultivating new ground.
We are propelling fresh change in an old industry. We are paving new paths. We are passionately serving people, one cider at a time.
There is too much natural beauty and exquisite taste in Michigan orchards to be ignored.
It has inspired us to create a hard cider experience that transcends anything you’ve had before. Every cider we create is crafted with one goal: to pleasantly surprise you with it’s genuine flavor. We’re always coming up with new ingredients and incredible tastes, born of the earth and combined artfully to create something fresh.
You’ve never had a hard cider like the Ridge before.
We believe in the beauty of nature and the time-honored custom of craft.
We hope you’ll feel at home in our Cidery. From the reclaimed, 100-year-old barnyards to the naked bulbs and wooden barrels, we pay homage to the respected history of farms and orchards on the Ridge.
Handcrafted cider made from apples picked in the surrounding Ridge area is just the beginning. We also work tirelessly to offer a dining experience that is locally sourced and tastes as fresh as the cider.
How We Got Started
We are a branch to bottle, farm to glass hard cidery.
Matt Delong grew up in and around the apple orchards of Fremont, MI. He’s always enjoyed a true Michigan experience year after year. He’s enjoyed making cider – and eating the desserts his mother would make from the apples.
As a younger man, he learned what could happen with cider if left to ferment and was quickly intrigued with the art of making hard cider and wine. Years later he continued with this passion, refining the cider-making process and using only natural and fresh ingredients. Matt formed Ridge Cider Co. and began producing bulk cider for other breweries and wineries.
It was during that time when Matt became friends with with Bruce Rasch: a 5th generation apple farmer and owner of Apple Quest, one of the largest apple growers in Michigan. Sending most of his apples to fresh market, Bruce wanted to be involved in something that could extend his passion for the orchards and advance the industry in Michigan. Ridge Cider Co. and AppleQuest joined forces February 2014 to create the locally-sourced hard ciders we produce today.
At Ridge Cider Co.’s heart is the belief that we are interpreters of the trees, using what nature provides to make a clean, crisp, and refreshing beverage.
About The Ridge
We produce high-quality hard apple cider right here in Michigan, using apples grown from the Ridge.
The area is so named for its extensive agricultural activity; it is widely known as one of the prime fruit-growing regions in the world. The area’s deposits of fertile clay loam soil has excellent moisture-holding qualities. An elevation greater than 800 feet and its proximity to Lake Michigan creates a climate and terrain perfect for growing premium apples.
In 2006, the Ridge area accounted for a staggering 65% of all Michigan apple production. The Ridge is approximately 8 miles wide and 20 miles long, covering 158 square miles. It extends from Walker, MI in the south to Grant in the North, and is primarily centered on Sparta, MI.