Two Michigan beverage brands have brewed up something special for the fall season: an Apple Pie Vodka.
Armada-based Blake’s Hard Cider (BHC) company and Petoskey-based Gypsy Spirits worked together for the first time to create a seasonal batch of a limited-edition Apple Pie Vodka. The 40-proof spirit will be sold onsite at all Blake’s Tasting Room locations, as well as Gypsy’s Tasting Rooms, with an expanded distribution to Michigan retailers in September.
BHC, founded in 2013 by Andrew Blake, infused the vodka with its fresh-pressed apple cider. Gypsy Vodka, which was founded in 2013 by twin brothers Michael and Adam Kazanowski, produced a small batch of apple pie vodka in 2020, but it was only available at the Tasting Room due to limited production capacity.
Through this partnership with BHC, Gypsy Spirits was able to produce enough product to release the new Apple Pie Vodka statewide.
“When we first began talks with Blake’s about this collaboration, we were literally blown away,” said Michael Kazanowski in a statement. “We have followed and admired Blake’s story and rise since we began our company in 2015, so this partnership allows us the opportunity to work with one of the best cider houses in the country to finally release this limited-edition vodka to people all over the state.”
Although this is BHC’s first venture into the spirits category, the company has had a distiller’s license for years, hoping to “pursue apple-centric beverage opportunities outside of hard cider,” the company says.
“We knew we had one shot to do this properly and had to partner with a company as passionate about their products as we are, and I believe we found that with Michael, Adam and their team,” Blake said in a statement. “The end result is the best of both our worlds for our companies and customers, and we look forward to other potential collaborations in the future.”
Described as “a fall dessert in a glass,” Apple Pie Vodka combines the tastes of fresh apple cider, cinnamon and brown sugar at 20% alcohol by volume, the companies say. The 750-mL bottle will retail at $24.95 and can be found at the Tasting Room locations of both companies, and will be available at Michigan retailers such as Meijer, Total Wine and independent retailers starting in September.