Lyme Bay launches Ammonite craft ciders

Dorset-based Lyme Bay Winery has introduced a new range of craft ciders, named Ammonite after the famous fossils found on local beaches. The ciders are made from the freshly-pressed juice of West Country apples in three distinct flavours: Sour Cherry, Botanicals, and Hops. Responding to the growing appetite for sour drinks with a bit of a bite, Ammonite […]

Exceptional growth, and awards, for Taunton Cider

Re-introduced to the market at the end of 2016, the Taunton Cider Company has seen exceptional growth in a limited time. The company’s range draws on the finest traditions of cider making, while also employing the latest techniques to blend its ciders down to a respectable ABV, making them sessionable thirst quenchers. The ciders are crafted […]

Sheppy’s introduces VAT 07 cider in a 330ml can

Dating back six generations and 200 years, Sheppy’s may be one of the oldest cider makers in the country, but that doesn’t mean its averse to innovation. The Somerset cider maker has launched VAT 07 Cloudy Cider in a new format — a 330ml can. The can is a nod to the cider maker’s 200-year history […]

Big Bear crowdfunding its Essex cider business

There are ten days remaining of the Big Bear Cider Mill crowdfunding campaign, as the company looks to raise £300,000 for 10% equity in its business. The producer makes a chemical-free, natural cider, which is vegan and gluten free. In its pitch, Big Bear says: “We love craft cider, but it’s only seasonally available and […]

Orchard wins top Bath and West show prize

Edward Clifton-Brown and Roger Larder from West Bradley Orchards   A Somerset grower has won the top prize for the best innovative cider orchard at the Royal Bath & West Society Show 2018. West Bradley Orchards, near Glastonbury, was described by the judges as “containing more experimental trials than any of the other orchards which […]

CAMRA names its cider and perry champions

Following more than a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, Harry’s Scrummage has been named the best cider in the country, and Nempnett Piglet’s Choice has won best perry at CAMRA’s National Cider and Perry Championships. Scrummage impressed judges as “a sharp but easy drinking cider that stretches to a long lingering and […]

New spring / summer menu at The Stable

Cider and pizza venue The Stable has launched new menus for spring / summer 2018. Each of its 17 locations will have different menus, depending on the local availability of ingredients and cider. The new menus have been inspired by bringing customers together and introducing them to local suppliers, with a focus on sharing dishes […]

Hogs Back in off-trade partnership with Hall and Woodhouse

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is gearing up for a step change in its off-trade business after forging a new partnership with Hall & Woodhouse. Hall & Woodhouse is taking on responsibility for sales into the major multiple grocers and wholesalers for Hogs Back brands, including TEA (Traditional English Ale), Hogstar English Craft Lager and Hazy […]

Cornish Orchards launches Dry Cider in keg and bottle

Cornish Orchards has launched a new product, Dry Cider, available in keg and in 500ml bottles. Dry Cider is made with three apple varieties — Harry Masters Jersey, Dabinet and Michelin — which deliver a traditional West Country cider character. It has a full, fruity flavour with a long, dry finish, thanks to the tannins in […]

BrewDog announces move into cider at AGM

BrewDog’s ninth annual general meeting — dubbed the Annual General Mayhem — saw more than 8,000 of its Equity Punk investors from around the world descend on the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre for a celebration of beer, food and music. Co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie took to the stage to deliver the financial reports […]

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