forgivably Encapsulated by the mystical forests of De Hoorneboeg, Elegast Cidery boasts the most fantastical location. Established by Arjen Meeuwsen in 2016, Elegast is the first certified organic cider maker in the Netherlands.
http://cherishsalon.com/people/kayleigh/ By supporting the old, independent orchards with his team of volunteers, they can harvest apples that would frequently go to waste. Pressed, fermented through the winter, and bottled on-site, their ciders achieve a delicious complexity in taste. All the while remaining vegan, gluten-free, and without the addition of sulphites.
Stung Treng We were lucky enough to join Arjen for a day at the cidery to see where the magic happens. As they bottled up the latest batch, we sampled their famous “Hard Cider” and Arjen shared the story of Elegast with us.
Mont-Saint-Hilaire Hey Arjen, thanks for having us here today. You are based in such an incredible location! Can you give us a bit of background on De Hoorneboeg and tell us what brought you here?
De Hoorneboeg used to be an old private estate. Firstly, it was a hunting lodge for people from Amsterdam who liked to spend their time out in the countryside. Last century it was gifted to the church who later sub-let it as a conference center. After a few decades, it grew outdated and could not generate enough revenue to support the estate. Left with a choice between selling or re-developing, they decided to re-develop, create a plan and begin searching for entrepreneurs. We proposed our idea in collaboration with Bij de Tuinman, the neighbouring restaurant, and then later other business arrived, creating the new Hoorneboeg.