(BEDMINSTER, NJ) Somerset County has its first hard cidery with the opening of Burnt Mills Cider Company on Route 206. The establishment is run by husband-and-wife John and Denise Coates (John is from Vermont; Denise, is from Warren). The two spoke to the Courier News about their March opening, which was delayed by COVID-19, and the success and fanfare of their eventual June start date.
“Adjusting to the pandemic has had numerous challenges. But on the other hand, we have been really surprised at the outpouring of support from the community,” John Coates told the paper. “I think we are getting a boost from people wanting to get outside and not wanting to be cooped up.”
Burnt Mills’ varietals include the Dry Sparkling, Semi-Dry, Ginger, and Hops. They also serve- up seasonal ciders, such as the Jersey Blue, one of the cidery’s bestselling ciders made from Jersey blueberries, according to the report.