Mark & Madelynn Korzon
Owners, Suttons Bay Ciders
For over 40 years, Mark and Madelynn Korzon have spent their summers hiking, swimming, cycling and exploring all of the activities that Northern Michigan has to offer. Following the sale of their Ann Arbor based landscape architecture business in 2013, they set out to find their next adventure and settled on a plan to combine their artistic talents with their love of Leelanau Peninsula agriculture and the result is Suttons Bay Ciders. For a few years, Mark and Madelynn planted orchards, remodeled an existing house, obtained hundreds of permits, and built a place to welcome guests to their Northern Michigan Hard Cidery. Thanks to all of that hard work, and with a big assist from Chris and Todd, Mark and Madelynn bring you delicious hard cider in an unparalleled setting .
Chris Guest, Cidermarker
Christian Guest’s experience with growing apples and making ciders dates back to 1985 when he and his father founded The Seven Lakes Vineyard. Their Fenton, Michigan farm consisted of 15 acres of wine grapes and 10 acres planted to six varieties of apple cider trees. He honed his blending skills by making delicious tasting sweet ciders which were sold at the roadside winery and tasting room. His recent career path has been to consult with a number of Leelanau County winery operations since 1996, overseeing production operations, and product design decisions across a variety wines. He has said of returning to hard cider making at Suttons Bay Ciders, “Making hard cider in Northern Michigan offers a new and exciting direction for the state’s apple industry while connecting to a too-long neglected tradition of small, farm-based hard cider production.”
Tasting Room Manager, Magnifique
Lynn’s been a huge asset to SBC. She has taken over the tasting room as her own, with determination and integrity! Lynn has been friends with Mark and Madelynn since 1977. She brings her years of service industry experience to the cidery. Her energy and excitement about cider is evident in her presence and sharing the SBC story. Always smiling, friendly, and warm she adds to the homey feeling of the tasting room. She has two daughters, is a good cook, likes to garden in the summer and read in the winter.
Cider Server Extraoridinaire
Born and raised in Suttons Bay, Geof spent 30 plus years in the metro Detroit area serving as a police officer. He retired as chief of police in 2017 and found that he could not stand sitting at home. Enter Suttons Bay Ciders who helped him fulfill his lifetime dream of being a bartender, without requiring him to stay up past his bedtime of 9:00pm. In addition to serving in the tasting room, he helps out with pressing and bottling down in the cellar when needed. Geof is often teamed up in the tasting room with Jon where they are frequently asked if they are brothers. Though not related by blood, these two bald guys are married to sisters. Outside of SBC, Geof enjoys grandkids, boating, golf and hunting.