Specialist drinks importer Euroboozer has added Austrian cider brand BlakStoc to its growing portfolio of craft drinks.
Meaning ‘old tree’ in medieval German, BlakStoc are thought to be the first cidermakers in Europe to dry-hop their entire range, which are all made from pressed wild orchard apples grown in the Styrian hills.
The core BlakStoc range now available to the on-trade includes: Wild Tree Hoppy Cider (4.5% ABV), made using wild apples and Centennial and Chinook hops; Ginger for My Honey, a 3% ABV cider with fresh ginger juice and mountain honey; and Buddha Hand Lemon Cider (4% ABV), featuring flavours of exotic fruits such as kaffir lime, bergamot and Meyer lemon.
Completing the line-up is the 4.5% ABV Quincy Jo & Hops Edition. Jo stands for Johannisbeere, which is German for cassis. The cider is created with blackcurrant juice and pressed quince, which “bring out the citrus notes of the hops”.
Euroboozer’s MD Martyn Railton said: “We’re extremely proud of our Austrian heritage and the incredible array of speciality drinks which hail from the country.
“Karl from Blakstoc has encapsulated everything that this massive apple growing country has to offer. He’s a liquid geek and has pioneered the use of hops in cider like no other in the cider world.
“The way he showcases how wild, ancient apple varieties can be used in harmony with completely New World tropical hop flavours to intrigue and excite the consumer, is nothing short of masterful.
“As summer time begins and as interest in craft beer and cider continues to grow, we expect BlakStoc, the perfect marriage between the two categories, to be leading the cider charge. We’re very excited to be bringing them to the UK.”