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Arkansas’ first cidery will distribute its award-winning cider in bars and restaurants.

SPRINGDALE, AR – Black Apple will begin distributing its award-winning hard cider to Northeast Oklahoma beginning March 22. The Northwest Arkansas-based cidery will host a weeklong series of events to celebrate the company's first launch outside the state of Arkansas. Multiple varieties, both year-round and seasonal ciders, will be available in dozens of restaurants & bars and in a majority of Northeast Oklahoma retailers.

Featured ciders for the launch will include Black Apple’s flagship Hibiscus cider and two seasonal ciders, Raspberry Passion & Pineapple. A year-round Honey cider will be available in some bars and restaurants on draft.

Black Apple was founded in 2014 in Springdale, Ark., as an experimental effort to fuse European-style ciders with the flavors of the American South. All of the ciders in its rotating line-up are gluten-free with no added sulfites or preservatives. Within a few years of opening, Black Apple has grown to distribute to hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retailers around the state of Arkansas.

"We are excited to bring Black Apple outside the state of Arkansas, and in particular, to Northeast Oklahoma," said Leo Orpin, Black Apple co-founder. "We wanted this region to be our first launch location outside of Arkansas. We’re neighbors. We spend a lot of time in Tulsa and the surrounding areas, and we are thrilled to join Oklahoma’s thriving maker culture.”

Black Apple is distributed by LDF Sales and Distributing.

Launch events include:

March 22

Marshall Brewing 3-7 p.m.

Two ciders on tap, additional specialty brewery and cider blends, and Black Apple giveaways

March 23

Kilkenny's Irish Pub, 6-9 p.m.

Two ciders on tap and goblet giveaways

March 24

Empire Bar 7 p.m.

Two ciders on tap, Black Apple travel dog bowls, and goblet giveaways

March 25

Roosevelt’s Gastropub 7 p.m.

Black Apple tap takeover and goblet giveaways

March 26

Bar 46, 4-9 p.m.

Black Apple tap takeover with frozen Pineapple cider, Black Apple goblets, and giveaways

R Bar 7 p.m.

Two ciders on tap and Black Apple giveaways

March 27

Smitty's Garage, Open - Close (or until the kegs blow)

All 4 locations

We’ll celebrate Ciderday at Smitty’s Garage by launching a Black Apple cider available only at Smitty’s - the Roadhouse Red. Also on tap will be Black Apple’s Raspberry Passion and Pineapple cider.

Mercury Lounge, 8 p.m.

Three hard ciders on tap and live music from BC and the Big Rig + Brothers Moore

March 28

SoccerCity, 12-10 p.m.

Hibiscus cider, samples, and Black Apple giveaways

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