Meet Monte Summers and Jeremy Smith, the two fools at the root of the business: 2 Fools Cidery, a company that got its start from ground up.
“We decided to kind of make a boys club, rent some space out, make some cider have some TVs on the wall, and that kind of evolved into trying to make it into a business and when we saw this space here it made sense to have a taproom and just go big or go home,” said Monte Summers, Ciderist at 2 Fools Cider.
And that they did. The space, located on Quincy Avenue off Ogden, features a full cidery and taproom where they ferment five ciders perfect for any palate.
“We’ll have a dry one, it’s more of like a wine, we’ll have a sweeter one, for people who like the sweeter ciders, we’ll have a tart cherry, a dry hopped one and the holiday drink,” said Summers.
The apples are sourced from Michigan and go through a two to three week process to ferment in tanks where Jeremy and Monte control the temperature and add nutrients.
“From there we can blend, we can flavor and when the cider is done fermenting, all the sugars have been eaten out and we go in and back flavor with juices or sugar or honey or whatever you might want to put into cider,” added Summers.
And it’s all served up next to a bit of history. Featured throughout the taproom is 100-year-old reclaimed wood.
“All of the barn wood that we have in here came from a millennial farm in Galveston,Indiana. So the red wood behind the bar is from a 100-year-old wood and a lot of the wood is fence food as well. It’s all from the same farm,” said Summers.
Enjoy the cider at the bar, or take it home in growlers or the can version, “crowler.”
“It’s a 32 ounce can made to order, we have a little crowler machine that will seal the top once you put it in and we hope to sell to retailers Standard Market, Whole Foods, and bars and restaurants as well,” said Summers.
You can catch the views and the tastes beginning Friday December 9, when they expect to open up to the public.
2 Fools also plans to invite food trucks to the cidery so you can have a bite to eat while you drink.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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