Biddies ciders to launch next month

Biddenden Vineyards is to launch its first range of carbonated 500ml bottled ciders, which will be on sale in Kent, Sussex, and South East London from Monday, April 3. Biddies 5 and Biddies 8 have been crafted following the traditional Barnes family recipe, which has...

International Brewing Awards medallists revealed

Chair of judges Bill Taylor (far left) with medal winners. Top row (left to right): David Nicholls, Moa Brewing Company; Brian Yorston, Thwaites; Oliver Wesseloh, Kreativ Brewery; Sara Barton, Brewster’s Brewing Co; Hiroshi Yamashita, Asahi Breweries. Front row:...

Entries rise for International Beer and Cider Awards

Judges at the 2015 cider competition: left to right are Helen Thomas, of Westons Cider, Hanna Talvioja, R&D manager at Oy Sinebrychoff, and David Sipes of Angry Orchard Hard Cider Company   Entries to the International Brewing and Cider Awards 2017 have leapt...

Arran’s Cider Shack is ready for production

Arran Brewery’s Loch Earn Cider Shack is to start producing its first ciders before Easter, managing director Gerald Michaluk has announced. The Cider Shack part of the brewery, hotel and visitor centre in St Fillans, Perthshire, on the banks of Loch Earn, will...

Pitcairngreen Inn takes cider pub award

The Pitcairngreen Inn, on the outskirts of Perth, has been named Tayside CAMRA’s cider pub of the year. A presentation took place there on Saturday, with CAMRA members enjoying some of the best ciders and perries from around the UK. The pub, which usually has...

Premium cider brands up, but not in UK

Premium cider brands in Western Europe recorded a compound annual growth rate of almost 8% between 2009 and 2015, but the UK went against this trend, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. According to the company’s latest research, one of the most important...

Aspall Cyder secures new finance

Suffolk-based Aspall Cyder, which creates and distributes apple juice, organic cider and vinegar around the UK, has secured a £1.5 million finance package from HSBC. This will complement an existing £7 million arrangement in a structured asset-based lending package...
New plant improves production at Biddenden

New plant improves production at Biddenden

Biddenden Vineyards has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art belt press, installed for harvest 2016, to increase juice and cider-making capabilities at the third generation family-owned estate in Kent. The Voran double belt press is capable of pressing 7,000 kg per hour...
Unicorn Inn is cider pub of the year

Unicorn Inn is cider pub of the year

A Wessex pub that has been a pillar of the community for more than two centuries has been named CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year. The Unicorn Inn, at Bayford, near Wincanton, has been named the best place in the UK to drink real cider by CAMRA. On the main road from London...
‘Pick your own’ time at West Bradley Orchards

‘Pick your own’ time at West Bradley Orchards

West Bradley Orchards, in the heart of Somerset, has launched a series of ‘pick your own’ weekends with a picnic attended by local MP David Warburton and his family. Every weekend in September, visitors are invited to pick and purchase their own apples and pears. West...
Brewer and cider maker create Pure Hopped

Brewer and cider maker create Pure Hopped

Purity Brewing Company has teamed up with premium English cider producer Westons to launch Pure Hopped, a cider made with a 100% fresh apple juice from Herefordshire, with a dash of the finest hops from Worcestershire. The new hopped cider follows the successful...
Urban Orchard ‘revolutionising’ cider

Urban Orchard ‘revolutionising’ cider

From a small press in East London’s Forest Gate, Urban Orchard says it is revolutionising the way cider is made. By blending unwanted, city apples with the finest country crops, the cider maker is able to create a craft cider that not only tastes great, but that helps...