How-To Holiday with Ridge: Thanksgiving Recipes

The Thanksgiving season is upon us. A time to be thankful… and to eat food. Lots and lots of food. So in that spirit, here are a few unique Thanksgiving recipes our team has curated that are a) really, really good and b) pair well with our ciders. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as we do while you’re celebrating the season!

  • First, Squash Risotto. Not something you usually see on a Thanksgiving spread, but one that has quickly become a family favorite. It takes some time and some doing… so brace yourself.  
  • Second, Sweet Potato Casserole. With cereal. Whaaa? Don’t knock it till you try it. It’s really good. This Thanksgiving recipe is from Food & Wine, after all.
  • And then there’s cranberry sauce. No Thanksgiving is complete without cranberry sauce. Tart and tangy… your mouth should be watering. Here’s a recipe to take your cranberry sauce to the next level: Cranberry Citrus Relish. Next stop? Flavortown.
  • Now don’t forget vegetables. Sharp parmesan blends beautifully with fresh pomegranate in this Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Salad, proving that salads can be both fun and nutritious.
  • So an Italian classic and a fall favorite get married… and there’s no punchline. But we do have this Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu Thanksgiving recipe. All the flavor of a pumpkin pie, with a fun twist of gingery tang. Spice up a classic dessert in 45 minutes with this recipe.

Of course Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food… but the food certainly is a good reason to gather, to give thanks, and to acknowledge the people in our lives who make living worthwhile. Our hope is that you have plenty of those people in your life… and that you get to share this special day with them. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Fall Activities

A cool breeze runs through the changing leaves, a beautiful sunset paints the skies, and there’s a certain smell in the air– it’s probably a pumpkin spiced latte. Fall is here, and there’s so much to do. We compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities to enjoy before the winter season comes swirling in. So without further ado, here are our favorite fall activities in our “bushel” list.

Football → Whether it’s watching the game from the bleachers, or throwing around the pigskin with some friends in the backyard, we love football in all its shapes and sizes. The temperate climate makes it the perfect time to enjoy the game both as a spectator and as a player.

Hayride → Stroll through nature from the comfort of a hay ride. These are offered at many different places, but you can find a list of our favorite venues here. Wherever you go, remember to sit tight, hang on, and enjoy.

Boat Cruise → If sailing is more your style, enjoy the beautiful scenery by going on a boat cruise! Elevate the classic hayride, and take to the seas. It’s like a fall color tour from the sky!

Donuts and Fresh Cider → This combination can be enjoyed on its own, or accompanied by an activity. You can find our favorite places to grab donuts and cider here.

Day Golf → Enjoy a brisk day of golf surrounded by colorful trees and good company. Just don’t forget to cool down with a nice seasonal cider.

Bonfire → To put this list to a close, we’re ending it like we end any good fall night: with a bonfire. Tug on your flannels, grab your cider, marsh your mallows, circle around the fire, and wish fall would never end…

 

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Fall Recipes

There’s nothing like curling up on the couch and eating some delicious food on a chilly fall day. In this blog post, we’re listing our favorite fall recipes for days just like those. Enjoy alone or with some friends, just don’t forget a dry cider. They pair well with any of the below!

Chili → What’s better than chili on a chilly fall day? Apple chili. That’s what. Try this chili with a spiced apple twist, and you’ll be grabbing seconds faster than you can say pumpkin spiced latte. More of a traditional chili taster? The below White Chicken Chili recipe is top-notch.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken
  • 48 oz northern beans
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • ½ cup jalapenos
  • 3 large cans of chicken broth    

Directions:

  1. Bake chicken
  2. Mix all other ingredients in large pot
  3. Shred chicken and add stock to pot
  4. Cook over medium heat until preferred temperature, stirring often

Apple Crisp → It’s an oldie but a goodie. Don’t forget your orchard-picked apples (click here for our list of our favorite orchards) and top with vanilla ice cream to serve. If you’d rather eat your orchard-picked apples with caramel apple dip, use the below recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix until cream
  2. Serve chilled with apple slices

Spiral Apple Dumplings →  These are not your typical dumplings. This dessert is the festive combination of a cinnamon roll and an apple crumble.

Pumpkin Roll → The natural spice from the pumpkin paired with the sweetness of the frosting makes a delicious treat. Enjoy with friends and let the good times roll!

Pumpkin Bread or Bars → Perhaps you’ve had pumpkin bread before, but have you had the best pumpkin bread ever? The secret is the brown butter maple icing that compliments the tender moistness of the bread. If you like bars better than bread, here’s your recipe:  

Bar Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour    

Directions:

  1. Sift dry ingredients together
  2. Mix remaining ingredients
  3. Blend together
  4. Pour into greased and floured cookie sheet
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ stick softened butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix and spread over cooled bars

Peach Crisp → When you think of fall, you might think of apples or pumpkins. But this Peach Crisp recipe is one of our fall favorites! Although these are usually reserved for the summer time, the various spices are the perfect fall treat.

Our Fall “Bushel” List: Favorite Orchards

One of our favorite ways to enjoy fall is by going to orchards. Our great state is home to a multitude of beautiful orchards, but it can be hard to know where to start. In this list, we count our personal favorites. Check out the below: 

Post Family Farm – Local and family-oriented, it’s no wonder why we love this place. Owners Bill and Etta Post have operated their farm in Hudsonville since 1969. Hayrides and pumpkin patches galore, this beautiful 80 acre farm is fun for the whole family.

Klackle Orchards – Also known as the “family fun farm,” we love this farm for the many, many things you can do. With a general admission ticket, there are enough activities to spend the whole day here! Pick your own apples and pumpkins and take a scenic walk through their corn maze. If you prefer something more fast-paced, the orchard has a BMX track as well as pedal carts and tractors. End the night with a nice bonfire and a picnic.

Schwallier’s Country Basket – If you’ve got a sweet tooth like us, you will love Schwallier’s Country Basket. Located on 9 mile, the farm has wagon rides and a corn maze, but their sweet treats are the main attraction. Their store offers many different confections, but our personal favorite are their donuts.

Klein’s Cider Mill & Market – Also located in Sparta, Klein’s apple cider is fresh and award winning. They offer tours of the mill, so come down and watch them make apple cider the old fashioned way.

Pond Hill Farm – Although not technically an orchard, Pond Hill Farm boasts scenic trails that will be sure to put you in the fall mood. Take a walk through the Tunnel of Trees while you enjoy a beer– or cider!

What are your favorite fall orchards? Or pumpkin patches? Tell us the comments!

Ridge Cider and Coppercraft Distillery Partner on Saugatuck Tasting Room

Tasting Room Opens to the Public

SAUGATUCK, Mich., — Coppercraft Distillery, award-winning maker of artisan spirits, and Ridge Cider, one of Michigan’s fastest-growing hard cider producers, are partnering to open an entirely new tasting room and dining experience in Downtown Saugatuck. The new destination for sampling cocktails, spirits, and cider, opens today and will be open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Located along the Kalamazoo River at 340 Water Street, the tasting room is Ridge Cider’s first location outside of its Grant, Mich. home, and a relocation of Coppercraft’s Saugatuck tasting room, moving them one block south to a building also occupied by the Mermaid Bar & Grill. Guests can order from a seafood small plates menu prepared by the Mermaid’s kitchen and have their food delivered to the tasting room.

“Saugatuck is one of the premier vacation spots in the Midwest, and having this new location allows us to interact with our fans and expose new visitors to Coppercraft and Ridge products,” said Brandon Joldersma, Coppercraft general manager. “By bringing together these brands, we are creating an experience that is unmatched in West Michigan and will redefine how people engage with local craft spirits and cider.”

Designed as a single tasting room, segmented by the two brands, the Coppercraft and Ridge Tasting Room will include display cabinets, tables, standing bars, and signage created by Holland-based Cento Anni, giving the entire space a rough-hewn, hand-crafted atmosphere—matching both the Coppercraft and Ridge brand experiences.

The Coppercraft side will offer samples of Coppercraft’s award-winning spirits, including vodka, citrus vodka, gin, rum, applejack, bourbon, and whiskey; at the other end of the room, Ridge Cider will offer a rotating selection of more than 25 distinct cider flavors on tap, to enjoy in the tasting room or in growlers to go.

“Summer in Saugatuck is unlike any other place in Michigan, and our partnership with Coppercraft is designed to embrace that experience for guests looking to enjoy local beverages during their time here,” said Matt DeLong, founder of Ridge Cider. “Our combination of ciders and craft spirits take that experience to the next level, giving guests a true taste of West Michigan craftsmanship.”

Music on the Ridge: August and September Lineup

Summer nights are the best nights. Especially summer nights spent on the Ridge. Our summer music lineup continues through August and into September. Support local musicians and our friends while enjoying good food, good company, and the very best all-natural ciders.  

Check out our August and September lineup below:    

August 8 at 7:00pm, Wingman: Hank and Milo are entertaining, humorous, and FUN as individuals… and even more so together as the musically gifted Wingman. The pair plays everything from The Beatles to new country and has been a Ridge favorite for years.

August 18 at 7:00pm, Innuendo: Innuendo is a West Michigan cover band playing rock and roll from the 60s to today. Some of their musical influences are the Spin Doctors, Black Sabbath, and Stone Temple Pilots.

August 25 at 7:00pm, Toby Bresnahan: The airy cadence of Toby Bresnahan cannot be beat. Especially when paired with our cider. Toby specializes in acoustic guitar, pulling many aspects of his Celtic/Irish identity into his sound.

September 8 at 7:00pm, J Ryan Berends: Grand Rapids native J Ryan Berends is also known as Ryan Berends and the Defiance. He is a solo, indie folk musician whose influences include The Eagles and Willie Nelson.

September 15 at 7:00pm, Jimmy Hazard: Occasionally referred to as “Hazard” this rock band blends blues and glam rock with “acoustic Michigan-flavored originals and covers.”

See you in Grant for Music on the Ridge!

 

Ridge Cider Launches Three Varieties in Cans

Pack in, pack out… Ridge now offers convenient cans for adventures of any kind. Perfect for kayaking, camping, SUP-ing, and more.

 

 

Full press release below:

 

Ridge Cider Launches Three Varieties in Cans


Grant, Mich. — Ridge Cider, one of Michigan’s fastest-growing hard cider producers, announced today the addition of canned ciders to its packaged lineup, debuting the new product at the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens as well as local retail this month.

Ridge’s newest packaged cider, Berries, a tart and tangy blush of Michigan-grown strawberries and blueberries, will be available for concert-goers at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, a convenient way for guests to enjoy the crisp, refreshing flavor summer drink.

“Ridge customers are health-conscious and overwhelmingly active, and we want to be as boundless as they are, at the beach, the boat, on a bike ride or at a concert,” said Matt DeLong, founder of Ridge Cider. “We’re committed to creating a no-sugar-added beverage that is as portable and convenient as it is refreshing and delicious, so cans were the obvious next step.”

Beverage cans are valued for their convenience and portability. Lightweight and durable, they chill faster and are an ideal fit for active lifestyles without the risk of accidental breakage.

Beginning in May, Ridge Cider will can three hard cider varieties and distribute them to retail accounts across West Michigan:

  • Berries, made with Michigan-grown strawberries and blueberries
  • Porch Sittin’, featuring subtle hints of cinnamon and vanilla
  • Raspberry, infused with Michigan-grown fruit

Ridge uses whole apples grown locally on the Fruit Ridge, West Michigan’s legendary apple country, as the base and main ingredient for its hard ciders. The cider is then “fermented to zero,” which means that all the natural sugars are fermented into alcohol so that the beverage contains little or no sugar.

Ridge Cider products can be found in stores across Michigan. Cans will hit store shelves in mid-May.