A Cozy Cidery Opens near Mount Rainier

Halfway between the snowy slopes of Mount Rainier and the lowlands of Puget Sound, the quiet town of Eatonville tucks into the Cascade foothills—but with something new churning in the middle. A water wheel some 20 feet high, built of reclaimed wood the local owner found around his own property, rotates on the grounds of the Mill Haus Cider Company. The incongruous installation instantly gives rustic charm to a new business.

Steve Schmidt has brewed cider for years, only recently joining his son and several Eatonville partners to open the taproom and several pavilions in the center of Eatonville. With firepits (and propane heaters) dotting the landscaped

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