HipInDetroit.com had the honor of visiting Blake's Cider Mill in Armada, Michigan when they were just getting started in the Hard Cider business not too long ago. We immediately fell in love with the beautiful space, the owners, and the cider. We have watched the company grow throughout the last couple of years and couldn't be happier to see Blake's getting the attention that they deserve. In fact, they recently announced that they will be opening a "brand new 12,000 sq/ft production facility the end of August to allow Blake's to produce upwards of 400,000 Gallons of Hard Cider Annually". Apparently the word got out, this stuff is good!
This weekend, Blake's will host the first annual Cider Dayze Festival. The two day event will take place at Blake's Apple Orchard on August 29th and 30th. The event will feature brews from local companies, such as Perrin, Founders, Rochester Mills, Atwater, Falling Down, Shorts, New Holland, Sherwood, 51 North, Roak, Uncle John's, Ridge Cider, Tandem Cider, Farmhaus Cider, Vadermill and of course Blake's. The event will also feature food from places like The MuleFoot Gastropub and Bad Brad's BBQ. They will also have a brew camp where you can learn how to brew at home, cornhole games, barrel races, beer stein holding, and apple bobbing. These are all great ways to have a little fun while tossing a few back! There will also be live music throughout the day. The best part is that they are offering $5 bus rides to the event from Ferndale! You can wait for a ride out to the country at Ferndale's favorite brewery The W.A.B. and The Detroit Bus Company will be running buses throughout the day both days of the event.
Tickets to attend are $35 for one day or $55 for both days. Tickets include 9 five ounce pours and a commemorative glass. Tickets can be purchased here. The event runs from 12-9 on Saturday and 12- 5 on Sunday. Blake's is located in Armada, Michigan, you can find directions to their orchard here. The fun will be happening rain or shine, so don't let the weather hold you back. Cheers!