Blake's releasing hard cider made with plums mistakenly found on Michigan farm

Limited edition Santa Rosa cider debuts in January

Santa Rosa hard cider is fermented on plum skins.
Santa Rosa hard cider is fermented on plum skins.

ARMADA, Mich. – The first release in the new Foraged Series from Blake's Hard Cider is a cider fermented on Santa Rosa plum skins that were mistakenly found on the company's Armada farm.

The semi-sweet cider is the first of six ciders in the series to be announced. 

Cider maker Robert Lauer said the inspiration for Santa Rosa came from tasting an orange wine from Italy.

“It wasn’t until I stumbled upon our Mirabelle plums in our storage cooler that I acted on the plum-skin ferment idea. In addition to the prized yellow plums, we also grow quite a few acres of Santa Rosa plums and the skins of those plums gave a richer hue to the cider.”

The new cider was fermented for more than a month.

Santa Rosa will be released in limited quantities in January. Click here to see where to find Blake's cider.

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