midwest cider

New Beer (Cider) Blog Blakes Wakes Fire


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In this cider blog, we are going into a new everyday cider from Blake’s Hard Cider.  It is their former summer seasonal, which is called Wakes Fire Cider.  If you read my earlier cider blog posts on their ciders, you know the history of this Michigan’s biggest cider makers.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Michigan base cider makers.  Let us get into this cider.

This cider has a clear golden color without a head on it. The aroma has a orange and slight cherry notes. The taste has a sweet cherry with a hint of orange notes. The aftertaste has an apple juice finish. It is pretty drinkable cider.

Here is a description from their website (www.blakeshardcider.com):

It’s impossible to replicate a Michigan summer. Recreating a northern night under the stars would be a futile endeavor. So, we’ve done the next best thing – we’ve crafted summer’s perfect ally. Experience WakeFire, a comforting blend of Michigan-grown cherries, orange peel and our famous Blake’s apples.

6.5% ALC. BY VOL.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.blakeshardcider.com

Twitter:  @blakeshardcider

Tabbing out, as many of you know, I am not a cider fan at all.  This group of cider makers are making me a fan at least with their brands.  I was pretty excited to learn that they were putting their Wake Fire in cans and then make it all year long.  This cider has Michigan grown cherries and orange.  It is well balanced and a perfect cider for any season.  I love it. One of my favorite ciders from this cider makers.  I highly recommend this cider.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer (Cider) Blog Blake’s El Chavo


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In this cider blog, we are going to the first cider from Blake’s.  It is their El Chavo.  There is not much history on their website.  I do know they have been in business less than five years.  They make several different Hard Cider.  There is about 12 different Hard Cider on tap in their Taproom.  Let us get into this Hard Cider.

This cider has a clear light yellow color without a head. The smell has a slight mango and hints of Habanero peppers. The taste has a mango to earthly notes with pepper hot aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable but I can see becoming sipping cider.

Here is a description from their website (www.blakeshardcider.com):

We like spicing things up.  That’s why we put dimmers on the lights in our Cider House.  And it’s why we created this sweet, heated blend of Habanero Pepper, mango and our famous Blake’s apple.  Experience a hard cider that’s really, honestly, truly like no other.  Experience El Chavo.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.blakeshardcider.com

Twitter:  @BlakesHardCider

Closing, I have to say I am not a huge hard cider fan.  I am always willing to try it at least two times to see if I can find one that I like.  I have to say between Woodchuck and Blake’s Hard Cider.  I have found two cider companies that I enjoyed drinking their products.  In the few times, I had some of Blake’s Hard Ciders.  I did not have time to write tasting notes. I had to write-up for this special and unique cider.  I like it. I did not know how the peppers would go over with apple and mango notes.  The Habanero Pepper starts to shine through the end part of the pint.  It is not overpowering which I liked.  There is a nice balance in this Hard Cider.  I highly recommend this cider.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13