Beer / Travel Destinations near my home

Blake’s Hard Cider, A Growing Tradition in Michigan

Blake's Hard Cider, A Growing Tradition in Michigan

With an obvious growth in interest in cider (and even craft beer) in the United States, a lot of new cideries and breweries have been opening up. One of these is Blake’s Hard Cider Co. in Armada, Michigan (Facebook Page). Blake Farms open in 1946 with a pick your own orchard. Since then they have expanded to over 500 acres of strawberries, cherries, pumpkins, peaches, assorted vegetables, and you-cut Christmas trees. In addition to the variety of orchards, Blake Farms has train rides, cornfield mazes, hayrides, and many other family-friendly activities.  This is only the first year for the cider and wine tasting room, but so far it is living up to the high expectations of Blake Farms.

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It is a bit of a drive for me, but well worth it. There is a variety of ciders to choose from, mango, wayward winter, cranberry, golden delicious, and many more. The wine selection is also great. I tried the blueberry wine, which was delightful.

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The tasting room is cozy and has a very intimate feeling, which I really enjoyed. Upon entrance you are greeted with a warm fire place surrounded by barrel-like tables and a bar in the very back. Behind the tasting room, you can see the cider process at work. In addition to the lovely atmosphere, cider, and wine, there was even a fútbol (soccer) game playing.

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I am glad to see that cider is making a come back in the United States, and I love to support those who are investing their time in this growing tradition. Do you have an favorite cideries and/or breweries?

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