Sherborn was once known as the top producer of alcoholic apple cider in the United States. Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed, has a long history of apple orchards.
Now, Stormalong Cider is putting both of those communities’ histories in the can and into bottles. Opened in 2014 in Sherborn, Stormalong recently expanded its production to Leominster, opening a manufacturing facility inside the New England Apple Products building on Industrial Road.
“Sherborn has been a really good place for us,” said Stormalong owner Shannon Edgar, a 1990 graduate of Holliston High School. “This will allow us to increase our production by 10.”
Before expanding to Leominster, Stormalong produced about 500 barrels (a barrel equals 31 gallons). Now, they can brew 5,000 barrels, Edgar said.
Stormalong, named for the legendary folk hero Alfred Bulltop Stormalong – a mythical Massachusetts sea captain said to be 30 feet tall who drank cider by the barrel – has also changed its packaging and added a new cider.