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History of Hogan’s

Right in the heart of Connecticut’s rolling hills you’ll find Hogan’s Cider Mill which has been producing cider in the same classic method since 1912. 

Patrick Hogan, the son of Irish immigrants started the production of apple cider at the mill in 1912. After their father died in 1917, Richard and Morris Hogan then took over. 

Hogan’s agricultural presence led to their cider mill becoming an institution, of sorts, in Burlington and beyond. Numerous references can be found in the Hartford Courant during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, to the present day. The annual fall pilgrimages to Hogan’s is a tradition passed from generation to generation.

1992The Dunlop Family Purchases the Mill

In 1992 Chet Dunlop PGA Golf Pro and his wife Theresa Clifford Dunlop took over operation of the mill and in addition to cider production they opened The New England School of Golf onsite at Hogan’s.  Dunlop is a nationally-recognized golf coach continues to offer golf lessons.

Dunlop learned the ropes of cider production from the 50 years of combined experience of, Wendell Gunn and Martin Szczesniak, Morris Hogan’s long-time faithful employees.

Over the years the Dunlops have not only preserved the historic sweet cider tradition of the Mill but have also branched out into the production of Hard Cider. In recent years Chet and Theresa’s daughter, Margaret Borla and her husband Peter Borla have both become managers at the mill. As they oversee the day to day operations, they are proud to be the next generation at this family business. In addition to preserving Hogan’s history and traditions, the Dunlops and Borlas have expanded their offerings while exploring new innovations.  As Theresa’s protege, Peter has stepped into the role as head brewer. He is passionate about crafting Hogan’s classic cider blends in addition to creating new recipes that have quickly become fan favorites! 

Hogan’s now has over 20 varieties of hard cider to choose from. In 2019 the mill opened its family-friendly Tap Room.  Since its opening the Tap Room has quickly become popular New England destination. Hogan’s signature drink in the fall, “The Drunken Donut” draws many visitors to the Mill. As a historic site, Hogan’s has become well known for its authentic sweet cider and seasonal craft cider cocktails. Hogan’s Cider Mill is a destination that embraces New England traditions while continuing to offer good old fashioned family fun!

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