The problem with having a full-time job talking about cider all over the country, is that sometimes it’s hard to make time for your hobby. Especially when that hobby is, er…talking about cider. But how could I possibly complain about getting paid for yakking away about this wonderful libation. It could be so much worse. I could be a solicitor. … Read More From New World to Old – Innovation is key for Cider
Dear cider afficionados (and those who have accidentally found themselves here – welcome!) My profuse apologies for the lack of commentary over the last few weeks. I’ve been preoccupied with quite a challenge: learning a new craft. I’ve worked in the cider (and latterly wine) industry for the last 9 years. Making, and/or talking about, alcohol is the ridiculously fun … Read More Have Cider, Will Travel
The 21st October is a date that is indelibly inked into my diary, for 3 reasons. Firstly it is one day before my birthday; secondly it marks the date when Marty McFly and Doc Brown are due to appear (from Back to the Future II); but most importantly it marks World Apple Day. Established 25 years ago, this day marks … Read More World Apple Day
As the cider apple harvest enters full swing in the West Country, with reports of a bumper crop on the cards, it has emerged that the UK cider market is in decline. My advice to this news, and to quote Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army, is ‘Don’t Panic!’ Cider in the UK has achieved such unprecedented growth over the last … Read More Keep Calm and Drink Cider
What happens when you blend a classic English cider, a zesty, sessionable IPA and a homemade blacurrant cordial? The answer: the Ultimate Snakebite.