There’s a new cidery in town – the first cidery in town, actually. Aftermath Cidery & Winery, sister store to Running Vines Winery in Chesterton, will be opening in late April 2016. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Valparaiso University, and very near downtown Valparaiso as well.
“This will be the first official cidery in Northwest Indiana,” Nicki Frazzini Caylor, owner of Running Vines and Aftermath said. “We’ve been making ciders at Running Vines for a while and it’s a hot trend that we wanted to capitalize on.”
The location in which Aftermath can be found is right on Greenwich Street, where another popular restaurant once stood. Caylor loved the building and thought that it was a prime location to do business. She decided on a weather theme for the cidery as to pay homage to VU’s meteorology program. A percentage of the daily sales from Aftermath will go to disaster relief funds in the state of Indiana.
“VU has one of the most respected meteorology programs in the country,” Caylor said. “People from all over the country come here for this program and it’s right in our front yard. We can see the Doppler radar from our front window here and our theme fits perfectly because Indiana experiences all sorts of weather.”
The ciders that Aftermath will serve will all have weather-related names (names to be revealed soon) and familiar wines from Running Vines will be served until this summer when original wines will be created specifically for Aftermath (names to be revealed soon as well). There will be light appetizers available to pair with the ciders, and that menu is being finalized.
“All of our ciders and wines are made at Running Vines in Chesterton,” Caylor said. “So we’re still doing it all locally. Walt [Novosel] and I are in it together with an amazing team behind us.”
Running a business is tough, but adding another completely new business into the mix adds even more stressors. Caylor said she is able to handle things just fine thanks to her fantastic team of dedicated employees. She stated that her team is like a second family; they work hard and play hard, and are ready to take on this new adventure.”
“We’re excited to see how Valparaiso will react to us. Chesterton welcomed Running Vines with open arms and the Duneland Chamber has been great. So far in Valparaiso we have garnered interest so things are looking pretty good. We’re happy to be part of the community.”
Don’t miss the grand opening of Aftermath Cidery & Winery on April 28 from 11am-9pm at 454 S Greenwich St. Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. For more information on Aftermath call 219-390-9463, visit http://www.aftermathcidery.com/, or check them out on Facebook.