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Blake's Hard Cider Adds Mimosa, Strawberry-Kiwi and Melon flavors to America's Original Lite Cider Line

Drink spotlight: Blake’s Hard Cider Adds Mimosa, Strawberry-Kiwi And Melon Flavors


Fresh lineup offers the perfect balance of sweetness and bright apple tartness

ARMADA, Mich., June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Blake's Hard Cider (BHC), the Midwest's largest craft cidery, introduces a refresh to the Blake's Lite Cider line adding new flavors Mimosa, Strawberry-Kiwi and Melon to complement the popular Apple flavor. The innovative line of low-calorie Lite Ciders was the first of its kind in the cider industry and made a big impact in the craft market last year, quickly becoming a fan-favorite and one of BHC's most popular sellers.

The Blake's Lite Ciders are a variety of hard ciders and each flavor features 5% ABV, four carbs, 100 calories and one gram of sugar. The lite ciders will be available for purchase in June. Find our Lite Cider near you: https://www.blakeshardcider.com/cider-finder/

The team at BHC was hard at work pushing boundaries to bring fresh ideas to the second edition of Blake's Lite Cider and is proud of the three new flavors. Lite Melon's flavor profile features sweet notes of honeydew melon and dessert apples. Strawberry-Kiwi is a well-balanced recipe with a hint of strawberry sweetness, finishing off with mild kiwi tartness. Mimosa is a dry, sparkling sipper with champagne bubbles and citrus orange notes.

Like Blake's full line of hard ciders, BHC Lite Ciders are all-natural and gluten-free made from a five-apple blend of fresh-pressed Michigan apples grown and harvested on Blake's orchard with no artificial flavorings or sweeteners.

"Last year was our first year in this category and sales exceeded expectations. Blake's fans appreciated an alternative to hard seltzer and a lower calorie offering. Our team created some unique recipes for this generation of Lite Cider," said Andrew Blake, owner of BHC. "In these unusual times, people appreciate authenticity. We are surrounded by fresh fruit here at the farm and it's grown, created and packaged at our orchard."

Blake's Lite Ciders are offered in a four-flavor variety 12-pack and Apple and Mimosa are available in 6-packs. The ciders are sold throughout the company's 15 state footprint through Blake's Hard Cider distribution partners and at most major independent stores and grocery chains.

Established in 2013, Blake's Hard Cider is an independent, family-owned and operated Michigan craft cidery. Visit www.blakeshardcider.com for more information.

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Alcohol Spotlight: Ciderboys Goes Bananas with New Strawberry Banana Hard Cider

Wisconsin cidermaker introduces Banana Bliss wherever Ciderboys is sold

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (September 26, 2019) - Ciderboys is shaking things up with a new limited release, Banana Bliss. The first of its kinds, this banana-infused hard cider balances flavors of freshly-picked strawberries, delicious tart apple, and aromatic banana for a smooth finish.
Ciderboys hopes consumers can relive summer vibes all fall long; Banana Bliss is like a smoothie in a glass. This Apple Strawberry Banana Hard Cider can be found wherever Ciderboys products are sold. This new limited release is available now through the end of fall while supplies last in six-packs of 12-ounce longneck bottles


"The pairing of strawberry and banana is classic, and we were ready to put our spin on it with hard cider," said Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys' Marketing Director. "The pairing is so refreshing, whether you're drinking it on a warm fall day picking apples or on a cool night by the campfire. Some might say Banana Bliss is an 'appealing' opportunity we couldn't pass up."

Ciderboys Cider Co.'s unique "fruitful pairings" blend unexpected fresh fruit flavors with the crisp taste of apple cider -- and that's the recipe for Banana Bliss, too. Chief Cidermaker Mike Schraufnagel and his team blended a balanced combination of natural

Strawberry and Banana, which paired wonderfully with the apple goodness Ciderboys is known for. As Mike states, "When drinking Banana Bliss, the first thing that comes to mind is fresh strawberries, followed with smooth banana notes. In the end, it's a great combination and it comes together very nicely."

A subsidiary of the Steven Point Brewery, the Ciderboys Cider Co. makes its carbonated hard ciders with natural fruit and apple juice from fresh Washington State apples. No sugar is added to Ciderboys products, which are naturally gluten free.



In addition to new Banana Bliss, the Ciderboys family includes year-round First Press, a traditional hard cider; British Dry, an English-style dry cider with a refined bite; and Strawberry Magic, a combination of fresh strawberries and cider; summer seasonals Peach County, a pleasing blend of peaches and apples; Pineapple Hula, which pairs fresh Hawaiian pineapple with cider; and La Vida Sangria, perfect blend of fruit, citrus, and spice; fall seasonals Cranberry Road, an inspired pairing of apple cider with cranberries; and Blackberry Wild, a walk on the wild side with plump, ripe, blackberries; spring seasonal Raspberry Smash, a fruitful pairing of crisp apple cider with tart raspberries; and winter seasonals Mad Bark, spiced with cinnamon; and Grand Mimosa, made with juicy oranges.

For more information and where to find Ciderboys products visit www.ciderboys.com.


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Drink Spotlight: Oliver Beanblossom Hard Cider



Beanblossom Hard Cider®
Over yonder a few counties or more, up the road perhaps a piece or two, across the water which runs clear, where the sky melts blue and the apples grow large like lazy cats, it sits. Beanblossom. This little unincorporated town in Indiana is a music lover’s paradise filled with eccentric folk, who quite spectacularly create, in a time honored way, hard cider — carefully, beautifully, passionately ... Beanblossom style.

Available in Original and Peach, Beanblossom Hard Cider is made from the juice of gently-pressed Midwestern apples (no concentrates!). It's exceptionally delicious and perfectly refreshing. Crisp and light. Gluten-free.

Beanblossom Hard Cider is distributed in Indiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.



Original Hard Cider




The heart and soul of a time honored tradition of hard cider making. Crafted from the pure fruit juice of gently pressed Midwestern apples (no concentrates!), it's exceptionally delicious and perfectly refreshing. Crisp and light. Gluten-free.


2014 Mid-America Wine Competition



Peach Hard Cider




A sip of fat, ripe stone fruit. Crisp, sweet, and bright. Our Peach hard cider is crafted from the juice of gently-pressed Midwestern apples (no concentrates!). Gluten-free.


2016 Indy International Wine Competition



About the company

We're not afraid to have our heads in the clouds. You could even say dreaming big is what Oliver Winery does best. What started as a hobby back in the 1960s, has grown Oliver Winery into an employee-owned company and one of the largest wineries east of the Mississippi. Our philosophy, however, remains the same. We believe that all styles of wine deserve the highest craft and respect. We make our top-rated wines in the gentlest way possible, and each one of them share one common characteristic: fruit-forward taste. Read More



Company: Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Brand: Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 500ml bottle
Alc. by Vol: 8.3%
Claims: Crisp. Gluten Free.
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $6.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator






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Drink Spotlight: Original Sin Apricot Cider



Original Sin Apricot Cider

Apricots originated from China about 4,000 years ago, before finding their say way to Persia and the Mediterranean.

The Apricot Tree first came to Virginia in 1720, but the popularity truly arrived with the Spanish Missions in California around 1792.

Apricots are also distilled into brandy and liqueur.


We spent a year testing apricots from sources throughout the country before finding just the right mix for our new cider.  OS apricot features the natural taste and aroma of fresh apricots balanced with acidity and tartness.


OS Apricot goes perfectly with Shepherd’s Pie and Lamb Curry.


  • Original Sin Hard Cider
  • American Craft Cider
  • Brewed in Small Batches
  • All Natural
  • Gluten Free
  • Est. 1996



About the company

Original Sin was born out of the NYC experience. The founders, all NYC’ers, came to see the need for a superior cider, a cider that was clean and complex with a noticeable bite. The quest to create the perfect recipe encompassed both day and night. Day was spent in upstate in a winery, tasting, testing and mixing. Nights were spent in NYC bars, getting feedback from bar owners and patrons. The result, Original Sin Hard Cider was released to immediate acclaim from sources as diverse as the The New York Times, Paper Magazine, and Market Watch.



Company: Original Sin
Brand: Original Sin
Slogan: Supremely Crafted
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12oz (355ml)
Claims: All Natural. Gluten Free
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $12.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.origsin.com







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Drink Spotlight: Wyder’s Hard Cider



Welcome to Wyder's Hard Cider!

We have specialized in eclectic fruit-forward ciders for more than two decades. It’s a pretty hyper-connected world out there, grab a Wyder’s when you’re ready to unplug. Wyder’s wants to be a part of you finding the good in life and your Happy Place. We hope you enjoy, and bring us along!


Dry Pear


This light, crisp cider presents a tangy aroma while offering a distinct pear taste, and ends with a lively mouth feel that tickles the tongue.



Dry Raspberry


This cider is light in body and features mouthwatering raspberry notes. It retains a dry and sparkling finish.



Prickly Pineapple


An exotic duet, this cider combines the juices from both prickly pear cacti and pineapples. Tickling the tongue, each sip brings forward a light and sweet taste like a refreshing pina colada. Satisfy those fruit forward senses with Wyder’s® Prickly Pineapple.



Reposado Pear


Reposado. The name given to tequilas aged between two and twelve months in oak barrels. The wood aging smoothes out the tequila while infusing it with subtle oak notes. Wyder’s® Reposado Pear cider is an adventurous tango with the classic blue agave based spirit. Traditional Wyder’s® Pear cider infused with smooth subtle oak laden tequila notes. Refreshing pear cider crafted with some inspiration from south of the border.



About the company

In the late 80's and early 90's, the Pacific Northwest saw the first wave of the craft movement in beer and cider. Among those riding that wave was Wyder’s® Cider out of Vancouver, Canada. In 1993, the newly US based Wyder’s® cider began growing a fan base on the west coast. Wyder’s® Pear and Raspberry were two of the first cider varieties to feature a second fruit, and word of their unique taste spread quickly.



Company: Wyder’s Cidery
Brand: Wyder’s
Slogan: Going Against The Grain Since 1997
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 355ml
Claims: Eclectic fruit-forward cider
Variants: Dry Pear, Dry Raspberry, Prickly Pineapple, Reposado Pear
Where to Buy: Store Locator



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Skin Care Spotlight: Swag Brewery Cider Soap with Real Hard Cider




This cider soap is made with real hard cider. It's juicy, fresh, and sweet - like a crate of ripe apples in a rustic farmhouse.

Each bar weighs approximately 4.0 oz.

Gluten free!




About the Company
Swag Brewery was founded in early 2012 by two Minnesota-born, beer-obsessed recent college graduates who decided they’d rather drink with “the man” than work for him. Their goal is to design and produce swag that helps beer lovers squeeze beer into every corner of their lives

Max, the partner responsible for business operations, graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in May 2011 with a major in Entrepreneurial Management and a minor in Spanish Studies. He’s insanely passionate about beer (and likes to brew it) but also spends time doing other things like fishing, shootin’ guns, and tap dancing. What’s in his fridge right now? Three Floyds Gumballhead, Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale, and Surly Abrasive.

Colin, the creative director, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in May 2011 with a BFA in Graphic Design. What’s he drinking? Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, and Lagunitas IPA. Read More





Company: Swag Brewery
Brand: Swag Brewery
Slogan: Craft Beer Outfitters
Origin: USA
Category: Soap
Packaging:  4oz
Price: $7.99 USD
VariantsView Range Here
Where to BuyBuy Online, Store Finder
Website: swagbrewery.com








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Alcohol Spotlight: Angry Orchard Stone Dry Cider

Angry Orchard announced the national release of its newest hard cider, Angry Orchard Stone Dry, the driest style in its core collection. Traditional English dry ciders have been around for centuries and are a cultural mainstay in the UK, where cider overall is very well-established. The cider makers at Angry Orchard were inspired by these ciders and developed the recipe for Stone Dry as an American interpretation of this classic style.

In the UK, cider represents about 15% of the beer market, compared to only about 1% in the US, where the craft cider culture is less established but growing rapidly. Drinkers are discovering hard cider as a refreshing alternative to beer and wine, and experimenting with a variety of styles. As drinkers continue to explore the full range of what hard cider can be, many are finding they enjoy a cider that is less sweet and more complex, like Angry Orchard Stone Dry.

This new cider has a bright apple aroma, juicy flavor, and a clean, slightly puckering, dry finish. This dry cider showcases an intricate balance between the sweetness and acidity of culinary apples and the tannins of traditional cider making apples. The cider makers chose specific apples to achieve this flavor profile, including French bittersweet apple varieties from Normandy, like Dabinett, Binet Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey. These apples contribute to the cider's high tannic character and dry finish.

"At Angry Orchard, we're always experimenting with ingredients and recipes. With Stone Dry, we wanted to capture the heart of traditional bittersweet apple varieties by showcasing their naturally occurring tannins," said Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard cider maker. "Drinkers who are beginning to explore the drier end of the craft cider spectrum will enjoy Stone Dry for its full tannic mouthfeel, perceived dryness and robust bittersweet aromatic notes, much like a very ripe apple."

The Angry Orchard cider makers are constantly innovating with new styles (like Stone Dry) and will expand that experimentation this fall with the opening of a new home for innovation at a historic apple orchard in the New York Hudson River Valley. The Orchard will feature a cidery where the cider makers will experiment with new styles, apple varieties and different fermentation methods like wild fermentation processes and barrel aging.

As craft cider continues to grow and drinkers and cider makers continue to try new things, food and cider continues to emerge as a favorable pair. Angry Orchard's chef partner, former Bravo Top Chef fan favorite, cookbook author and restaurant owner Kevin Gillespie notes, "Angry Orchard Stone Dry is a versatile cider for food pairing. What comes to mind for me is a loaded charcuterie plate, packed with cured meats and aged cheeses. The cider is pretty similar to a dry white wine, so it also works well as a marinade or base to steam mussels and other seafood."

Angry Orchard Stone Dry (5.5% ABV) is available nationwide in 6-packs for a suggested retail price of $8.99-10.99 (varies per market) and will also be available on draft in select markets (available nationwide in 2016). Like all Angry Orchard hard ciders, Stone Dry is gluten-free.





About Angry Orchard Cider Company:

Angry Orchard Cider Company's cider makers have been experimenting with apple varieties and unique flavors to develop hard cider recipes for 20 years. The cider makers have travelled the world to find the best apples for cider making and chose specific varieties, like French bittersweet apples from Normandy and culinary apples from Italy and the United States, based on each cider's flavor profile. Angry Orchard will expand its craft cider exploration by opening an innovation cidery at its orchard in the New York Hudson River Valley in Fall 2015. Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a crisp and refreshing fruit-forward cider that mixes the sweetness of culinary apples with a subtle dryness from bittersweet apples for a balanced taste. Angry Orchard also makes The Cider House Collection specialty ciders, as well as a variety of seasonal ciders. Despite the recent growth of hard cider in the U.S., the category is still small and relatively unknown. Angry Orchard is committed to drinker education and awareness-building to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.




Company: Angry Orchard Cider Company
Brand: Angry Orchard
Slogan: Refreshing Hard Cider With Attitude
Origin: USA
Category: Cider
Packaging: 12 fl oz (355 ml)
Claims: Naturally Gluten Free
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: angryorchard.com




Angry Orchard Launches New Stone Dry Hard Cider Nationwide (PRNewsFoto/Angry Orchard)

Angry Orchard Launches New Stone Dry Hard Cider Nationwide (PRNewsFoto/Angry Orchard)




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Alcohol Spotlight: HUB Hard Cider



As brewers, we’ve had a lot of fun crafting HUB Hard Cider with the local bounty of Northwest orchards. Our cider is simple and delicious and we are proud to serve it alongside our organic beer.



  • Sourced entirely from the Northwest
  • Proudly made from 60% organic apple juice concentrate and 40% fresh pressed apple juice
  • Semi-dry hard apple cider, straw colored with fresh apple aromas
  • Slightly tart with a Champagne-like acidity, HUB Hard Cider finishes slightly sweet and fruit-forward
  • Naturally gluten-free



About the company

HUB offers an assortment of award-winning, world-class beers made from organic malts and hops in cans, bottles and on draft across the Pacific Northwest.

HUB incorporates a range of sustainable practices in the production of its beer and brewpub operations and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative.



Company: Hopworks Urban Brewery
Brand:  Hard Cider
Slogan:  Hopworks Urban Brewery
Origin: US
Category:  Cider
Packaging:  Coming soon
Claims:  60% organic ingredients, 6.8% alcohol content
Variants: View product range here
Price:  Coming soon
Where to Buy: US
Website:  http://hopworksbeer.com/



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Drink Spotlight: Vandermill Hard Ciders




At Vander Mill, we press our cider using the very best blend of high quality Michigan apples. Once pressed, the juice is never pasteurized and we never add sugar or preservatives. Our cider is literally pure apple juice!



Hard Apple
Our Traditional Hard Cider is a semi-sweet cider. We use a unique blend of Michigan apples to balance acidity and fresh apple flavors. This is very approachable cider that is lightly carbonated and should be served cold in a pint glass.

Blue Gold
Apple Blueberry Cider. When creating products from Michigan fruits it seems natural to include Michigan blueberries. They add a nice fruity flavor to the cider. Like our other hard ciders, this one is not too sweet or overpowering. This product should be served cold in a pint glass.

Totally Roasted
Beginning with our traditional hard apple cider we then steep candied pecans. We make our own cinnamon roasted pecans that bring vanilla, cinnamon, and a nuttyness to this product that makes it a truly unique cider. Totally Roasted is semi-.sweet with a tart finish.

Ginger Peach
A refreshing balance of bright ginger bite and peach sweetness, neither of which will over power your face. Pair it with food, or crush it on its own, this cider is clean and crisp from start to finish.


About the Company
With humble beginnings as a cider mill in 2006 with a 5,000-square-foot building, Vander Mill began distributing their cider products in 750 milliliter glass bottles in 2008 and in draft barrels.

Now, three of the mill’s varieties – Hard Apple, Totally Roasted and Blue Gold (formerly Apple Blueberry) – are being distributed in cans to area convenience stores, groceries, bars and restaurants. Currently, more than 600 retail outlets and 400 pubs in Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio carry Vander Mill ciders.

“We are going to continue our focus on innovation and creativity with our ciders,” Paul Vander Heide, Owner, said. “But we wanted to take a few of our core products and make them more accessible to customers.”




Company: Vander Mill
Brand: Vander Mill
Origin: USA
Category:  Alcohol
Packaging: Can
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Contact their Distributor
Website: vandermill.com







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Alcohol Spotlight: Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider



Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider is a refreshingly sweet and intense new drink for life’s adventures. This new hard cider is best enjoyed on the rocks to reveal its perfect balance of sweetness and intensity with a crisp and refreshing apple bite. Inspired by the legendary adventurer and storyteller, Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider was created for anyone with a story to tell. There is a bit of Johnny Appleseed in everyone who follows their own path and is inspired to discover their own adventures. So grab some friends, raise a glass and refresh your nightlife with Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider. Let the stories flow.



Refreshingly Sweet & Intense
The crisp apple bite is unexpectedly refreshing.


Best Served over Ice
Drinking Johnny Appleseed on the rocks brings out the sweetness and intensity


Enjoyed with Friends
Whenever friends gather to share a drink, a tale or a night out, raise a glass of Johnny Appleseed.






Company: Anheuser-Busch
Brand: Johnny Appleseed
Slogan: Refreshingly Sweet & Intense
Origin: USA
Category: Malt Liquor
Packaging: 12fl oz bottle
Alcohol Volume: 5.5%
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Locator
Website: jappleseed.com










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