Our story starts in 1866 when Claus Behrens, an immigrant from Germany, buys 200 acres in Hudsonville, MI. By the time his family makes it to America, he has built a farmhaus and planted an apple orchard and the family is reunited with a place to call home.
The Family Tradition
1867-2013: As the family grew, pieces of the property were parceled off to the children and grandchildren, along with a farmhaus and barn of their own to continue the family tradition of farming. However, the original farmhaus and barns were kept together, along with the family orchard and garden.
2014: Breaking Ground
Restoring The Property
In 2014, restoration on the property began. Two generations of the Behrens family, along with the business owners’ family and friends, worked nights and weekends to restore the property.
2015: Farmhaus Launches!
March 2015: The dream becomes reality!
Megan, John, and Ken celebrate the first canning run.
Fall 2015: Cidergaarten Opens
After many requests, we were excited to open the Cidergarten to rave reviews.
We’ve been growing and are proud to serve the entire West Michigan area.
2016: Farmhaus is Expanding!
Ken and family welcome Brendan into their life and he begins to shift his focus to parenthood.
Statewide Distribution Starts!
Megan hails from another state well known for its apples. A native of the Seattle, WA area, she moved to Michigan in 2006 for college and was hooked. Megan comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, so starting a business was always in the plan. Choosing to create a craft cidery helps bridge the gap between her home state and her new state and she’s always grateful when her family visits from Washington to help out around the cidery.
Megan can be quite the goofball. You’re most likely to find her belting out Disney songs in the cidery or doing keg squats while filtering. If she’s not there, chances are you’ll find her working her day job as a bean counter.
John is the fifth generation Behrens to own the family farm. He is a lifelong adventurer and lover of all things craft. While some nights it feels like starting the cidery is his craziest adventure yet, he soon remembers running with the bulls in Spain or bungee jumping in New Zealand and suddenly it doesn’t seem so insane.
As long as he can remember he’s had a dream to create his own business and Farmhaus is the realization of that dream. It is all of his passions rolled up into one. Equal parts craft, creativity and adventure.
When not making the most delicious cider around, you can find him working at his day job crunching numbers instead of apples or working on his MBA.
We’re not big fans of letting fancy judges decide what makes a good cider, but it turns out they like our stuff just as well as everyone else!
We’re also not big fans of haters, but we know haters gonna hate. So if you’re one of those people, just know we may laugh at your ridiculousness. Can’t wait to hear from you, firstname.lastname@example.org