Celebrate Apple Cider Day With Louisburg Cider Mill

In 1975, Emmett and Mary O’Rear bought an 80-acre farm outside of Louisburg, Kansas. It was on this farm that Emmett envisioned developing a business that would process and sell apple cider.

44 years later, we’ve expanded our line of delicious apple cider products (sold in our Country Store) to include a variety of flavors of cold-pressed and sparkling ciders, apple cider donuts, spreads, barbeque sauces, apple cider vinegar, and so much more.holding apple cider

As part of National Apple Cider Day on November 18, we want to celebrate the rich history of this delightful drink and some of our favorite ways to use it in treats, drinks, and more!

5 facts about apple cider

  1. In the 14th century, kids were baptized in cider because it was believed to be more sanitary than water. We don’t know about that, but it’s definitely more delicious.
  2. Every morning, President John Adams drank cider because he believed it promoted good health. Adams lived to 90 years old, making him our third longest-living president behind Ford & Reagan. So, there must be something to the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying!
  3. At one time in history, 365 different varieties of cider apples were grown. Cider apples seem to have some of the most interesting names, including “Hangdown,” “Kentish Fill-Basket,” and “Glory of the West.”
  4. We go through a lot of apples. It takes about 14 pounds of apples to produce just one gallon of apple cider!
  5. After storming England in 55 BCE, Caesar’s troops brought apple cider back to their homeland.
  6. Einstein’s brain was stolen from his body. 40 years later, it was found stored in mason jars in a Costa Cider box in our home state of Kansas in Wichita!

Our apple cider

Unlike other brands, Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider is not watered down or from concentrate—it’s  100% apple cider! And we buy all our apples from commercial growers in the USA, mostly from orchards located along the Missouri River Valley. 

In the early days, bins of apples were delivered and processed one at a time. As production increased, we developed our process to allow bulk trucks to deliver straight into our apple pit. Today, apples are unloaded, cleaned, and sorted, then ground or milled to create an apple pulp that we press to get the delicious juice you know and love. apples

Since 1977, we have been making wholesome and delicious apple cider. While the methods have changed over time, the quality of the product is unchanged and has earned a spot on the Kansas Historical Society’s website.

Ways to use Louisburg Apple Cider

Make holiday cider drinks

Pretty much any recipe that calls for juice can use apple cider! Sub out the lime juice in Moscow Mules for apple cider, top champagne with our Honeycrisp apple cider for a delicious spiced cider mimosa, or even add apple cider and sparkling cranberry apple cider to your favorite margarita recipe for a unique twist!


Swap cider for water in recipes

In many recipes, cider can be used in place of water, adding a festive flair to your dishes. Here are just a few of our favorite uses for cider in recipes: 

  • Soak beans or rice overnight in Louisburg Cider instead of water.
  • Baste meats with Louisburg Cider in place of water or wine.
  • When making apple pie, use Louisburg Cider in your crust.
  • Add cider to your homemade barbeque sauces.

Share it with friends and family

And probably our most favorite way to use apple cider is as a way to bring together family and friends. Whether you give a cider gift basket to out-of-town relatives or buy a jug for your next holiday gathering, there’s nothing better than sharing a cup of apple cider with those you love.

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Fall Traditions Made to Last

For 40+ years, leaves on our trees change from a fresh summer green to bright hues of red and orange, as if nature itself is announcing “Let the fall traditions begin!”

Hot, muggy summer days become a faint memory when the first bite of cool, crisp air sets in. The fall season brings together families, friends, and communities; Friday night lights, bonfires and s’mores, camping with friends, and that first warm cup of Louisburg Apple Cider are all part of what makes this season so memorable.

This time of the year is always a favorite for us and thousands of our returning visitors because there really is nothing quite like autumn at Louisburg Cider Mill.

Making memories at Louisburg Cider Mill

At Louisburg Cider Mill, our family and staff have worked hard to prepare for the fall season. To us, it’s not just another season on the calendar; it’s a time to celebrate both old and new traditions and make lifelong memories.

Every year, we look forward to watching vehicles flood our parking lot as families, friends, and loved ones make their appearance for opening day at Louisburg Cider Mill. The sight of kids smiling and beaming with joy while approaching the grounds of the Cider Mill is something we never get tired of seeing. It’s a day we’ve all been waiting for and always a sign that great times and great memories are ahead.

Your next fall tradition

Looking for a new fall tradition for the family? From our famous Cider Mill and Country Store to the attractions on the Family Farm, we’re the one-stop-shop for all things family and all things fun.

At the Family Farm, you can explore our corn maze, pick a pumpkin from our vast pumpkin patch, visit our sweet farm animals, and enjoy other fun activities for kids of all ages.

Entrance to the Family Farm is just $10 and kids three and under are free!

After you and the kiddos have played to your hearts’ content, cool off (or warm up) with a cup of Louisburg Apple Cider while you take a stroll through our Country Store.

We also offer guided tours of Louisburg Cider Mill where you can watch the process of cider making in action and learn how our signature cider donuts are made. To top it off, you also get to enjoy your own cup of fresh cider and warm donut!

Whether you are continuing a tradition or starting a new one, we are excited to be a part of it. A Louisburg Cider Mill visit will always be a tradition to keep and memory to hold.

Follow the link for information on upcoming events happening out at the Cider Mill this fall season. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Getting Ready for Fall at Louisburg Cider Mill

While you can experience the sights, smells, and sweet tastes of the Louisburg Cider Mill all year ‘round — there’s nothing like the season of fall. We love getting to be a part of both new and old traditions carried on by families and friends. The Cider Mill is more than just fall festivities and fun, it’s a place to make lasting memories that keep you coming back for more!

Every year, thousands of people make the drive to experience all that we have to offer (fresh cider donuts, anyone?). And every year we try to make it just a little bit better than the last.

During the fall, we have so many activities for people to enjoy. The Cider Mill is up and running, apples are always being freshly pressed, and donuts are made fresh on the daily. In addition to all of that, our Family Farm is active, featuring our pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, jump pillow, and many other activities that families can do together.

Our Family Farm will be opening September 13th and will stay open through October 31st.

Behind the Scenes Look

Fall is quickly approaching, which means the preparation has already begun at Louisburg Cider Mill! From the Cider Mill and cider donuts to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, our team works hard day in and day out to prep and get ready for fall to make its arrival!

Here’s a behind the scenes look at how we get it done.

The Cider Mill

While you can have the taste of Louisburg Cider during any season, there’s just something about sipping on your favorite cider in the fall that makes everything seem right in the world.

And, we can’t wait to give you that experience again this upcoming season!

Before the first shipment of fresh apples comes in for the fall, we have a crew that dedicates time to getting all of the machinery cleaned, prepped, and ready for cider making.

Did you know it takes 14 pounds of apples to make ONE gallon of Louisburg Cider? With thousands of gallons of cider made every year, there’s quite a bit that goes into giving you the Louisburg Cider we all know and love.

How Louisburg Cider is made:

  1. Wash and prepare fresh applesGlass jar of apple cider next to fresh apples
  2. Pulverize apples into “apple mash”
  3. Send apples through the press
  4. Extract juice from the apple mash
  5. Juice gets processed, bottled, and ready to sell (for you to enjoy)

Fun fact: all of our apple cider is made in the Louisburg barn that was built in the 1800’s, and used to be the Cider Mill and original Country Store.

The Pumpkin Patch

Our pumpkin patch is always a fall favorite among visitors! You and your family and friends can take a stroll through the patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin (or pumpkins) for carving, decorating, making fall treats, and more.

You may have enjoyed picking pumpkins throughout your life, but have you ever wondered what goes into making a bountiful pumpkin patch?

The first step is to plant the seeds. Easy enough, right? But, there’s more to it than simply scattering the seeds. They have to be dropped in certain patterns and certain distances apart… and lucky for us, we have a machine that does the hard work for us!

The machine then reworks the soil over the seeds, while ensuring the right amount of depth is achieved. From there, we let the pumpkins run their course, while providing them with the proper watering and care until they’re fully grown and ready to be harvested by our visitors!

The Corn Maze

We have a blast getting to collaborate and choose the design of the corn maze each year. This year, our team is excited to roll out the Lost Trail Soda Root Beer Corn Maze design! We felt like the “lost trail” theme went hand-in-hand with the whole concept of the maze, so we’re running with it.

For those of you that don’t know, we’ve been brewing and bottling Lost Trail Soda on-site at Louisburg Cider Mill since the 80’s, and wanted to make this maze a special one!

There’s a lot that goes into cutting and designing the maze. To make it simple, once the design has been selected, we then have it “digitized” or made into an image that is translated into pathways for the maze to be cut according to the design (shoutout to technology for making this possible). When it’s all said and done, the result is a beautifully designed maze for our friends to enjoy!

Cider Donuts

We may be known for our cider, but people really come for the cider donuts. These sweet treats are made fresh daily all year long using our famous Louisburg Apple Cider.

To keep up with the demand during the fall, we have the ability to turn up the capacity on all of our machines, which allows us to create about 300 dozen donuts every hour. Yes, that’s A LOT of donuts. However, people have donut needs… and we’re here to meet those needs!

We believe the best way to have a cider donut is to have it fresh. Not only that, but it’s our commitment to never run out of donuts… and we stand by that commitment every day!

Join us for our 41st Annual Ciderfest

As you start making your weekend plans for the fall, be sure and save the dates for our 41st Annual Ciderfest! The Ciderfest kicks off Saturday, September 28th & 29th, and picks back up the following weekend on Saturday October 5th & 6th. Hours are 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Don’t miss out on a fun weekend full of fall activities for the whole family to enjoy! There will be live music, cider and donut making, food vendors, craft booths, tons of activities for the kids, and more! There is no admission or parking fees to attend Ciderfest.

You can also visit our pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins, explore our 10 acre corn maze, check out the farm animals, and more at the Family Farm! There is a $10 admission to the Family Farm, and children 3 and under are free. Find more details on the event page!

We look forward to another great season with you at Louisburg Cider Mill! If you have any questions about upcoming events, fall activities, or just want to learn more — get in touch with a team member at Louisburg today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Join Us for Fourth of July Fun at Louisburg Cider Mill!

Orange and white 4th of July Louisburg Cider Mill Graphic.

It’s that time of year again, friends! Summer is underway, new memories are being made with families and friends out at the Cider Mill, and we’re just days away from the Fourth of July!

While you may know us for our cider and all of the festivities we bring to the fall season — Louisburg Cider Mill is so much more than that. We offer seasonal activities, events, attractions… and of course, cider donuts, for you and your family to enjoy all year ‘round! 

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Get Your Fireworks at the Louisburg Fireworks Tent! 

Unlike other holidays we get to celebrate, Fourth of July is the one time of year when friends and families get together, enjoy great food, and watch a beautiful firework show under the stars.

If you’re trying to figure out where to buy fireworks this year, you’re in luck! Summertime and fireworks go hand in hand. Our friends at Louisburg Fireworks are set up in our parking lot and have a variety of different fireworks to choose from. Whether you’re buying sparklers for the kids, or need the big ones to put on a show, they’ve got what you need!

The Louisburg Fireworks tent is OPEN! Visit the tent now through July 5th for all of your Fourth of July needs. When you spend at the Fireworks Tent, you’ll get a present from the County Store!

Spend $25 – $49.99 and get 1/2 a dozen donuts, spend $50 – $99.99 – and get a dozen donuts, spend $100 or more receive a 24 pack Craft Soda

*Louisburg Fireworks receipt required for redemption. Expires 7/5/19.

Hours for the Louisburg Fireworks tent are 8 am to 10 pm. Stop by to get stocked up on fireworks! 

Starting New Traditions 

Whether you have set traditions, or you’re looking to start new ones this Fourth of July, add the Cider Mill to your list! Aside from fireworks, we’ll also have our Country Store open for business! 

Close up on a frozen cider with ice cream and a cider donut on top.

Our Country Store is full of local goods, treats, and comfort foods for your liking! We have freshly squeezed apple cider, cider donuts, Lost Trail Soda (handcrafted on-site at the Cider Mill), fruit butters, gift baskets, Louisburg Cider Mill merchandise, and more! 

Once you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, you can cool off with a refreshing root beer float, sweet lemonade, or our famous apple cider slush. Oh, and you can’t forget to top things off with a cider donut! Is it even a trip to the Cider Mill without donuts? We didn’t think so either. 

Bring the whole family, a group of friends, or that special someone for a fun summer day at the Cider Mill! For more information on upcoming events, you can check out our calendar here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Holiday Hours for Christmas and New Years

Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24th – closing early at 4pm
Christmas Day – Monday, December 25th – CLOSED
New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31st – closing early at 4pm
New Year’s Day – Monday, January 1st – CLOSED