Last year, Blake’s Hard Cider debuted Saint Chéri, a bourbon barrel-aged cherry hard cider that benefits local nonprofit the Empowerment Plan. Now, the charitable cider is back on shelves for a limited time.
Tapping in at a 6.9 percent alcohol per volume, the semi-sweet hard cider is made from Michigan-grown Montmorency cherries and features a slightly tart taste with a smooth finish. Andrew Blake, owner and founder of Blake’s Hard Cider, says Saint Chéri — which is available on draft and in 12-ounce six-pack cans from November through March this year — became a local favorite when it hit shelves in 2019.
“Saint Chéri was one of our most popular ciders last year,” he says, “and we are excited to bring it back for the second year and continue supporting the vital work done through the Empowerment Plan.”
The purchase of Saint Cheri supports the Detroit-based nonprofit, which trains single parents who are experiencing homelessness to manufacture coats that can also serve as a sleeping bag. The garments are disturbed to homeless individuals at no cost. And since 2012, the organization has created 90 jobs and distributed 43,000 coats globally.
All profits from the sale of Saint Chéri merchandise — which includes branded hats, T-shirts, and crewnecks — also go to the Empowerment Plan. The items are available for purchase on Blake’s website.
“We are grateful for the continued partnership with Blake’s Hard Cider,” says Veronika Scott, CEO and founder of the Empowerment Plan. “Through their generous donations last year, we were able to provide job readiness training and distribute our unique coat/sleeping bag to many throughout the nation experiencing homelessness,” Scott says.
Saint Chéri is part of Blake’s Kinder Cider series, a lineup of ciders that give back to special causes. Other ciders in the series include Rainbow Seeker, a pineapple and sage drink that supports the LGBT National Hotline, and Fido, a hopped raspberry and grapefruit concoction that benefits the nonprofit Pets for Patriots. Through the Kinder Cider intiative, Blake’s has donated more than $65,000 to its nonprofit partners.
For more information, visit blakeshardcider.com.