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Bent Ladder’s Bad Hombre cider released today

December 15, 2017 GMT

Bent Ladder’s Bad Hombre cider released today

DOYLESTOWN, Ohio -- Bent Ladder’s newest hard cider, Bad Hombre, is being tapped today.

Bad Hombre uses a blend of apples and then is “aged for six months in freshly dumped tequila barrels from Mexico,” the company said in a release. It yields sweet agave and savory fruits, pomme fruit and hints of kiwi.

Proceeds from the cider’s sales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

“American agriculture would not be where it is today without the integral contributions of Latino cultures,” co-owner and cidermaker Matt Vodraska said in a release. “I saw this first hand growing up in the Yakima Valley (in Washington state).”

Washington is the nation’s top apple-producing state.

Vodraska chose the ACLU as beneficiary because he said he believes protection of civil rights of all individuals is fundamental.

Bent Ladder, which was established in 2015 at Rittman Orchards, specializes in estate grown wine and cider. All growing, pressing, fermenting and bottling are done on site. Bad Hombre is the latest of nine ciders it has produced.

It’s at 13550 Mt. Eaton Road N., Doylestown. It’s about 42 miles from downtown Cleveland.

The tasting room is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday year-round. Before 6 p.m. guests of all ages are welcome; children must be supervised. After 6 p.m., all guests must be 21 or older.