MEET THE TEAM

Some words that introduce all of the the badass people that work at Blake's Hard Cider.

MEET THE TEAM

andrew

ANDREW BLAKE

Owner

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 27 years. Favorite variety of apple? Ashamed Kernal If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Tandem bicycle sprint Do you believe in aliens There are 6 sextillian planets in the visible universe What is your background? Went to college, didn’t do so hot, started a hard cider co. with the help of a lot of family and friends Any hobbies? Reading hiking, backpacking Which famous actor would play you? Bill murray Favorite Ice cream flavor Soft serve chocolate

matt

MATT McALPINE

Production Manager

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Started as a taste tester in college and have worked my way up lol. Favorite variety of apple? Northern spy If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Snowboarding Do you believe in aliens The 5 elements required for life are among the top 10 most abundant elements in the universe. – Neil deGrasse Tyson What is your background? Manufacturing production and process improvement Any hobbies? The ER staff at my local hospital would say I have too many hobbies. Which famous actor would play you? Matthew Mcconaughey – Favorite Ice cream flavor Chocolate Chip Cookie dough Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

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DAVE BLAKE

General Manager of Cider Mill / Manager of Blake‘s Farm style Foods / Event Planner

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Sept. 2014 Favorite variety of apple? Braeburn? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Hockey player Do you believe in aliens Yes of some form What is your background? Econ and Mgmt major from Albion College Any hobbies? Skiing, surfing, golf, mtn biking, working out/running Which famous actor would play you? Don draper Favorite Ice cream flavor Cookies and cream from Ray’s in Royal Oak Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do it.” Warren Miller Fun fact: Studied abroad in Bahamas for a semester in High School

john

JOHN BEAL

Regional Sales Manager

(Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois & Indiana)

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 3 years. Favorite variety of apple? Johnathan, of course If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? If I wash an Olympic athlete I’d certainly compete in the Biathlon. Cross-country skiing and competitive shooting? Sign me up. Do you believe in aliens Aliens are ACTUALLY my only irrational fear. Although I do not believe that aliens are abducting people or probing Larry the Cable Guy fans, I do believe that we are not alone. What is your background? I joined the Army Infantry at 18. While being stationed at Fort Campbell, KY with the 101st Airborne I deployed to both Iraq & Afghanistan. I left active duty after six years, following that I worked at a tactical training facility while attending Northwood University. I then joined the Michigan National Guard for two years while starting my position of bottle boy at Blake’s Hard Cider. Any hobbies? Hobbies include home brewing, hunting, wood working, amateur photography and competitive shooting. Which famous actor would play you? If I could pick one famous actor to play me it would be Chris Pratt. Not because I’m that much of a stud, but because he’s that much of a stud. Favorite Ice cream flavor Coffee ice cream is the only way to go. Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “No one ever said Rock N’ Roll was easy”.  It’s not my quote but I use it too frequently. Usually following a too early of a wake up after too late of a night.

robert

Robert Lauer

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

aaron

Aaron Lanctot

Director of Sales

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 1 year Favorite variety of apple? Apple Pie.. ha! If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? 100 meter dash Do you believe in aliens Who else do you think makes Blake’s Hard Cider? What is your background? Graduated from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I started working for a brewery when I was 15 and have been in the brewery/cidery world ever since. Any hobbies? Golf, Football, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Texas Hold’em. Which famous actor would play you? Brad Pitt, obviously. Favorite Ice cream flavor Chocolate Chip Cookie dough Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “Dude died in a hang-gliding accident. WHAT AN IDIOT.”

chelsea

CHELSEA IADIPAOLO

Marketing Guru Lady

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How long have you been with Blake’s? One Week! Favorite variety of apple? Apple bottom jeans if Im wearing boots with fur…or Honey Crisp If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Synchronized swimmer for sure, I’m a total fish with bad ass dance moves and love costumes Do you believe in aliens Aliens are real. And they’re probably reading this right now What is your background? Graduate of SVSU and spent over 3 years doing Marketing and Events with Atwater Brewery Any hobbies? Running, exploring Detroit, crashing weddings, playing corn hole, drinking craft beer, making pottery, doing karate in my garage, boating! Which famous actor would play you? Beyoncé for sure. We look alike, dance alike, and we are both Queen Bees. Favorite Ice cream flavor Blueberry Waffle cone is life Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? FG said it best, “Stupid is as Stupid does”. Fun fact: I haven’t drunk a pop in over 10 years.

adam

Adam Yarbrough

Graphic Designer

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Since I designed the logo and first labels in 2014. Favorite variety of apple? Granny Smith, mostly because I actually had a grandmother with the last name smith”. If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? BMX for sure! Do you believe in aliens Of course! They probably don’t look like what is portrayed in movies but there is no way we are the only lifeforms in the universe… What is your background? Graduated with an Art/Graphic Design degree from Wayne State and then worked for a couple large advertising firms in Metro Detroit for 7 years before focusing my creative efforts into working for the best company ever. Any hobbies? Photography, BMX, traveling and making dank quesadillas. Which famous actor would play you? Either Zach Galifianakis or Chuck Norris Favorite Ice cream flavor Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but Coffee themed ice creams are slowly creeping up in that category. Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “Tomorrow is not guaranteed”, I am sure someone already has credit for that quote but it’s been how I have been living my life the past few years. Fun Fact? I have spent nearly a year of my life living in Southeast Asia, the only downside is the lack of Blake’s Hard Cider Co. available…

ian

Ian MacLeod

Assistant Brewer

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 2 months. Favorite variety of apple? Mutsu If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Curling Do you believe in aliens I want to believe in aliens What is your background? Brewing, audio engineer, musician, IT Any hobbies? Skiing, hiking, motorcycle Which famous actor would play you? John cusack Favorite Ice cream flavor Maine black bear Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “no parents!” Fun Fact? I once swam in the arctic ocean in Barrow, Alaska (34 degrees)

mike

MIKE DIDIO

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

larry

Larry Ball II

Shipping and Receiving Manager

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 9 years Favorite variety of apple? Honey Crisp If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Can I just watch the Olympics? If not, maybe cycling Do you believe in aliens Yes I believe in aliens, I was probed once What is your background? Lived in Armada my entire life and graduated from SVSU with a degree in Criminal Justice Any hobbies? Slow pitch softball, going to the movies, sports in general Which famous actor would play you? Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson Favorite Ice cream flavor O-O-Oreo Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “Hey Robert, I have bad news…” Fun Fact? I love adrenaline activities

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FRED

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

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BRIAN

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

troy

TROY

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

rob

Rob

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How long have you been with Blake’s? Favorite variety of apple? If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Do you believe in aliens What is your background? Any hobbies? Which famous actor would play you? Favorite Ice cream flavor Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? Fun Fact?

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Jennifer Miller

Tasting Room Manager

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How long have you been with Blake’s? 11 years Favorite variety of apple? Honey crisp and Mutsu If you were an Olympic athlete, which sport would you play? Cycling, I may have a chance Do you believe in aliens Not sure and don’t care What is your background? From Armada and graduated from Ferris State in 1990 and have 4 kids Any hobbies? Like to run, bike, swim, drive my mustang. Which famous actor would play you? Jennifer Aniston, same age and blonde hair. Favorite Ice cream flavor Chocolate / Peanut Butter! Anything you’d like to be quoted saying? “Just one more half glass”. Fun Fact? I love to be in the sun and relax so I naturally enjoy warm vacations