BLAKE'S HARD CIDER
With a desire to explore farming, in 1946 Gerald and Lovey Blake moved their family of 13 kids out of the suburbs and on to a hundred-acre plot of land in Armada, MI with a 3-bedroom farmhouse. Twin brothers, Pete and Paul Blake, returned after graduating from Michigan State with an interest in growing what their family had built over the years, adding more diverse experiences for visitors. Years later, Paul’s son, Andrew Blake, who had grown up working on the farm with his family, returned to Armada with a desire to explore hard cider. With his family’s blessing and support, Andrew founded Blake’s Hard Cider in 2013. And to us, that place has always been the local brewpub. So in 2012, Steve McFate built Fate’s Tap + Barrel in North Scottsdale to be the place in our community we’d take our best friends to. From the beginning, we earned tremendous neighborhood support and the Fate crew made a lot of good friends with regular patrons throughout the years. It wasn’t long, however, before we encountered an unexpected problem; we kept running out of our own beer! Our small brewhouse couldn’t keep up with demand and it was time to expand with a second location in South Scottsdale in 2015.