Blake’s releases 1st Imperial Cider, ‘American Apple’

Blake’s Hard Cider (BHC), the Midwest’s largest craft cidery, announces the release of American Apple to its line of core hard ciders. The imperial-style, semi-sweet craft cider, the first of its kind for BHC, is available beginning Monday, August 15 throughout BHC’s 26-state footprint.

American Apple begins with a 100% fresh pressed apple cider base made from a variety of apples including Jonathon, Ida Red, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, and Cortland. The addition of a wine yeast delivers a clean, crisp finish. Imperial ciders require a longer fermentation period resulting in higher alcohol by volume (ABV) and American Apple comes in at 8% ABV compared to other hard ciders which average between 4-7%. It is available in 12-ounce 6-pack cans (MRSP between $10.99 – 12.99).

“When our team set out to create American Apple, we knew we wanted to make an imperial-style hard cider, a style widely known in the beer world but just emerging in hard ciders, that would push our own boundaries when it came to the mix of apples, developing their natural sugars, and the right fermentation process,” said Matt Wiles, Technical Operations Director for Blake’s Hard Cider. “Our ciders always begin with a 100% pure apple cider base and, for American Apple, the result is a full bodied profile with high alcohol content.”

American Apple is one of several BHC releases this fall. Returning seasonal favorites include Caramel Apple (sharp green apples balanced with smooth caramel sweetness) in mid-August and, back for its seventh year, Apple Lantern (roasted pumpkin semi-sweet hard cider) available after Labor Day.

Blake’s Hard Cider is currently distributed in 26 states including three new territories, Greater Kansas City (MO and KS) and New York state. For more information on Blake’s Hard Cider, store locations, and availability through its Cider Finder feature, visit

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