We began making hard cider at the beginning of 2012 and released our first batch in the summer of that same year. Paul Jacobs, owner of Von Jakob and maker of the hard cider states, “It has been something we’ve wanted to do for a while. We have the apple orchards, we have the equipment, we already have a Jonathan apple wine; so it just made sense.”
Streakin’ Johnny Hard Apple Cider was named after John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, who helped introduce apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in the early 1800s. “Streakin’” is derived from a hint of oak added to increase complexity, a process known as “wine streaking.” We combined these two principles to come up with the playful name of Streakin’ Johnny Hard Apple Cider, which is depicted in the label.
Crisp, clean and refreshing with just a bit of sweetness. Made with as much Southern Illinois apples as we can get, the majority of which is from our very own apple orchards.