2 Fools Cider
The Chicagoland area has seen an abundance of craft producers open their doors over the last several years, but only a handful of cideries, six in Illinois total, are dedicated solely to brewing and serving hard ciders. Now Naperville has one to call their own in 2 Fools Cider, started by Jeremy Smith and Monte Summers. The two long-time friends have been making cider as a hobby for years and eventually opted to turn it into a profession, opening the production facility complete with an industrial, yet cozy tasting room in December 2016.
The space is inviting and bright, complete with wooden barn doors and metal accents as a way to pay homage to both the the industrial and rustic aspects of farmers and orchardists. Similar to a brewery, you’re treated to the sights of bright and polished stainless steel fermenters, sliding wooden barn doors and a bar area complete with two cider slushy machines.
The ciders offered at 2 Fools aren’t your typical, mass-produced ciders. Smith and Summers wanted to bring a more nuanced approach to their ciders, creating recipes using apples carefully sourced from Michigan to produce well-balanced, thoughtful flavor profiles with creative twists. There truly is something for everyone whether you’re a beer lover, wine enthusiast, or just love a good cider. There are two variations that use hop additions in their English dry cider simply called “Hopped” and a pineapple themed variety called “Pinehopple” certain to get the attention of even the most discerning hop head.
2 Fools also offers a take on rose wine, with their Rose cider, pouring true to it’s name with a pinkish hue and tangy, dry flavor. For those who love fruity flavors, they offer two blueberry variants of cider, one of which is served via nitro, for a creamy and colorful pour that’s easy drinking and the other a prickly pour that stays tart and dry. Don’t forget about that slushy machine, churning two flavors: their tart cherry cider in frozen form and the Manzana Coolada, 2 Fools takes on the Pina Colada in cider form.
With so many offerings the tasting room has made it easy to sample them all. You can try a small taster, a full 16 oz. pour or sample a selection of the ciders on tap in a flight. They also offer a lot of take home options in the form of crowlers, four-pack of 16 oz. cans and growler fills. If a trip to Naperville isn’t in your near future, make it a point to visit 2 Fools Cider at BeerHoptacular on November 4th. You’d be a fool not to!
Stephanie is a writer and photographer focused on Midwestern beer. She found her way to Chicago from Northern Wisconsin. When not hiding behind a camera lens or hunched over a laptop she often finds herself on the back stairwell of her apartment building, drinking with her cat.