Mims Distributing Picks Up Blake’s Hard Cider Co.

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Raleigh, NC – Mims Distributing Company, a wholesale beverage distributor in North Carolina, has added Blake’s Hard Cider Co. to its lineup of brewing partners. The Armada, Michigan-based cidery relies on generations of know-how to grow, press and ferment its apples onsite in order to create a variety of craft and seasonal ciders in high demand across the country.

Blake’s Hard Cider Co. will use Mims Distributing to introduce two of the brand’s popular ciders, Flannel Mouth and El Chavo, along with limited and small batch varieties, to educated North Carolina consumers. Each of their cider varieties blends 69 years of apple-growing experience with brewing techniques that produce unique tastes loved by cider enthusiasts across the country.

Flannel Mouth is made with a wide array of late season table and dessert apples, a combination that gives the cider a sweet flavor that finishes incredibly smoothly. El Chavo presents a sweet, heated blend of habanero pepper, mango and Blake’s famous apples for a hard cider that is truly like no other.


The addition of Blake’s Hard Cider Co. comes on the heels of a successful year for Mims Distributing, as the company was named the 2015 Wholesale Beer Distributor of the Year from Beverage World Magazine. Both Mims Distributing and Blake’s Hard Cider Co. share a passion for quality beverages and introducing customers to only the finest craft brews around.

“Here at Blake’s, we put only the finest ingredients into our hard ciders, and with Mims Distributing, we’re making sure that our fans throughout North Carolina will enjoy access to the best ciders that we have to offer,” said Andrew Blake, co-owner of Blake’s Hard Cider Co. “We are excited about this partnership and look forward to showing consumers throughout the state what you can enjoy when you take 42 unique apple varieties and put them into the best ciders imaginable.”

“Blake’s Hard Cider Co.’s relationship with Mims Distributing is a natural combination that celebrates the best of the craft beverage industry,” said Chip Mims, CEO of Mims Distributing Company. “We know our customers are always looking for great-tasting, hand-crafted ciders for crisp refreshment, and Blake’s provides that with its impressive lineup.”

About Mims Distributing:

Mims Distributing Company, established in 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a family-owned beer and wine distributor servicing the entire state of North Carolina. The company offers MillerCoors brands; a wide selection of popular craft beers, including Ballast Point, Coronado, Lagunitas, DuClaw, Foothills and Sierra Nevada; and an expanding world-class wine portfolio, including Palazzo, Keever Vineyards, Hourglass, and Arkenstone. These beverage experts also produce “Tales from the Cask,” an award-winning craft beer podcast. In addition to industry excellence, Mims Distributing is committed to supporting the local community, donating more than $60,000 in financial and in-kind donations to area nonprofits annually. For its dedication to beer, sustainability and its local community, Beverage World magazine recognized Mims Distributing as the 2015 Beer Wholesaler Of The Year. “Tales From The Cask” was also named one of the top beer podcasts in the U.S. by the North American Guild of Beer Writers in both 2014 and 2015. A family-friendly company, Mims Distributing was the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Carolina Parent Family-Friendly 50 award.