Blake's Hard Cider, a Midwestern craft cidery, will spread the warmth this winter through its newest Kinder Cider – Saint Cheri – available beginning Dec. 1, 2019.
As part of the company's 'Kinder Cider' philanthropic product series, Blake's Hard Cider has partnered with the Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit that employs and trains homeless women to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. These coats are then distributed back to homeless individuals within the Detroit community and across the nation, at no cost to them. Blake's Hard Cider has pledged a $10,000 donation to the organization.
The limited-edition bourbon barrel-aged semi-sweet hard cider is made with Michigan grown Montmorency cherries that is slightly tart up front with a smooth finish. Saint Cheri is one of three Kinder Cider rotating limited-edition hard ciders that support and raise awareness on social and environmental issues and organizations which share Blake's values. Available only until February 2020, Saint Cheri is sold in 12-ounce six-pack cans in 18 states through Blake's Hard Cider distribution and at most independent liquor stores, bars and restaurants as well as grocery and supermarket locations that carry Blake's Hard Cider products.
The Empowerment Plan creates significant economic impact by serving as a steppingstone out of poverty into a state of stability. The core of their work stems from an intensive 2-year employment model focused on providing job readiness training and support services to the workforce. The organization also produces durable, weather resistant sleeping bag coats for those experiencing homelessness, of which 35,000 have been distributed around the globe.
Through the end of February, patrons can visit Blake's Website for a variety of Saint Cheri merchandise with 100% of sales being donated to the Empowerment Plan.