Bloody Ban’s Hard Cider

Founded by Bill Sussman in 2020, Bloody Ban’s Hard Cider sources rare heirloom apples from historic New York farms and uses traditional methods to produce small-batch, fine, hard cider.

Based in an 1850s farmhouse in Pound Ridge, New York, Bloody Ban’s Hard Cider is inspired by the American resistance in Tarleton’s Raid, a local, 1779 battle between patriots and loyalists. “Bloody Ban” refers to Banastre Tarleton, the ferocious, young British leader who met his match when American patriots, led by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, forced him to retreat.

With gratitude to the patriots who saved our town, we named our first release Bloody Ban’s Match. We think you’ll find it to be a well-balanced, sparkling, dry, hard cider. The bespoke blend of heirloom apples (Kingston Black, Roxbury Russett, Wickson Crab, Karmijn de Sonnaville, Calville Blanc, and D’Arcy Spice) was aged for a year prior to bottling, followed by natural, unfiltered, secondary fermentation.

Who’s that guy?

While some think it’s Bloody Ban, himself, on the bottle neck, it’s actually Major Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington’s spy master, a major in the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, and Bloody Ban’s nemesis at Tarleton’s Raid. Thanks to the actions of Tallmadge, under his commanding officer Colonel Elisha Sheldon, Bloody Ban Tarleton retreated.

Tallmadge was also in charge of bringing intelligence from British- controlled New York to the Continental Army by assembling a network of spies known as the Culper Spy Ring, which was instrumental in revealing the betrayal of the notorious Benedict Arnold. He later became postmaster of Litchfield, Connecticut, a post from which he resigned in 1801 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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