Vermont Hard Cider Company Doubling Capacity to 600,000 Barrels

Woodchuck Cider LogoIt’s not just craft brewers who are expanding. Vermont Hard Cider Company, maker of Woodhcuck Hard Cider, is getting ready to break ground on a reported $22 million build-out which will double its current capacity to 600,000 barrels.

Nate Formalarie, Vermont Hard Cider Company’s Communications Manager, tells that the cidery produced 215,000 barrels in 2011 and is “closing in on hitting capacity” at its current facility.

The new production facility, scheduled to open in the summer of 2013, is 100,000 sq. feet and will include office space and a visitor’s center. Formalarie tells us that the existing facility will continue to operate.

Vermont Hard Cider also recently released Woodchuck Amber in 12 oz. cans, running a new canning line 24/7 to fill initial orders. Formalarie said that Amber is the only style being canned at the moment and that additional styles have been considered for future releases but there are no definite plans at this time.

Below is a video featuring company President and CEO, Bret Williams. In the clip, Williams discusses the expansion and the new Amber cans.