Where are you located?
We are located at 14025 US Highway 27, Hoagland, IN 46745.
Directions from downtown Fort Wayne: South on Clinton (US27) for 10 miles. Located on the east side of the road just 1/4 mile south of 9 mile restaurant.
Directions from Decatur: North on US27 for 11 miles. Located on the east side of the road 1/4 mile south of 9 mile restaurant.
What is Cider?….What is Mead?
Cider (AKA hard cider) is fermented apple juice. The juice is pressed from fresh apples, then yeast is pitched. The yeast converts the sugars in the juice (fructose) to CO2, heat, yummy flavors, and alcohol. It is then aged and/or blended to produce different styles of cider.
Fresh pressed juice is often called “cider”, but traditionally would be called apple juice.
Mead is honey wine. Honey is mixed with water, then yeast is pitched. The yeast converts the sugars from the honey to CO2, heat, yummy flavors, and alcohol. It is then aged and/or blended to produce different styles of mead.
What ages are welcome?
All ages are welcome to our orchard barn, although ages 21 and under must be accompanied by an adult. As a farm winery, we are not required to have a separated bar area. All children must be supervised. Feel free to ask for a tour!
What is there to do?
We have an orchard barn that sells Benders Orchard apples, honey, maple syrup, and other locally made items. On the other side of the barn is our fermentation and tasting room. This is where you can sit, relax, and sample craft made cider and mead. We are planting our orchard in the Spring of 2019. U-pick should be available in 2022.
Do you make food?
We believe our focus needs to growing apples, and crafting the best cider and mead we can. For that reason, we won't be making food on site, but plan to have special events with food trucks, catering, and items available made by local bakeries.
Snacks are available including chips, beef sticks, and candy.
BYOF is perfectly acceptable.
Do you have any gluten free options?
All of our ciders and meads are naturally gluten free.
Can we rent the barn for a private event?
Yes! Contact us for availability. The event rate is $100 per hour. Purchases of alcohol during the event will go towards the rate.
For example, if the rental is for 2 hours, and $200 worth of alcohol is purchased, there would be no fee due.
Per state law, no other alcohol is allowed on the property (although homemade wine is allowed).