Spreyton Cider has a long history in the Tasmanian apple industry. First Spreyton Township grew the apples, then a juicing company, Spreyton Fresh, was formed. More progress came when Spreyton Cider was born. Now they are pushing the envelope, breaking new ground by adding hops.
Reviewing the best craft and small-scale Real Ciders from Australia and around the world. Real Cider comes from real apples and it is made by real people. I want to educate people about the history of cider and techniques that crafts men and women use to create real cider.
Apple Thief set themselves apart in the market by making ciders from single varieties of apples. The clue is in the name, Granny Smith Cider. David Purcell the owner and cider maker, grew up in the apple orchards of Batlow, New South Wales. He’s set himself a challenge making ciders without blending varieties instead it’s made exclusively from Granny Smiths.
Cider in a can, the last time I had cider from a can I was quite a bit younger and the cider was fake rubbish. Australian Brewery wants to change this perception in the name of quality. By lifting the quality of the can and more importantly what goes into it.
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When you think of hillbillies and alcohol you probably think moonshine. Well Hillbilly Cider is here to set you straight with the Hillbilly Vintage 2014 Cider. Hailing from the Blue Mountains in NSW, this bottle condition cider is far more posh frocks at Royal Randwick than blue denim at NASCAR.
In the little town of Spreyton just outside of Devonport, Tasmania is a family business. The business dates back to 1850’s but it wasn’t until 1900’s when the 2 families planted the first orchard. Nearly 100 years later Spreyton Fresh started juicing those apples. In 2012 Spreyton Fresh started fermenting that juice and Spreyton Cider Co was born. Today I’m presented with the Spreyton Cider Co 2014 Vintage. Over 100 years in the making, was it worth the wait?
Driving through the Hunter, we stopped for lunch at Peterson House. Peterson’s have made their name in sparkling wines. Along side the restaurant is a cellar door. Hiding in the corner I saw a cider: Pokolbin Cider House 2012 Vintage Cider. So I thought I’d have a look.
The country’s best cider is about to be celebrated and the good folk of Melbourne are invited to the party.
More than 1500 people are expected to flock to this weekend’s Australian Cider Festival, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time.
Ormond Hall at The Village Melbourne will come to life on Saturday and Sunday, with over 20 stalls sampling dozens of cider and perry styles. Continue reading →