Sassy Chateau

Zoe Fryday travels to Normandy to visit the home of Sassy Cidre It’s not every day that you get the pleasure of staying in a magnificent 18th century château in the heart of Normandy, France. From the exquisite classical architecture to the vast grounds and beautiful formal gardens, Château de Sassy takes your breath away, …

Hawkes Doom & Bloom

London-based craft cider producer Hawkes has unveiled a new rosé cider called Doom & Bloom just in time for summer. Pale coral pink in hue, Doom & Bloom is fruity on the palate and tempered with a subtle sweetness from a mix of Gala, Braeburn and Pink Lady apples, co-fermented with strawberry and rhubarb. Hawkes …

Curious Brewery

Chapel Down-owned Curious Brewery is increasing its production with a new state-of-the-art brewing facility in Ashford, Kent, due to open at the end of the month. The 50HL 5-vessel brewhouse will enable the team to more than quadruple its current total brewing volumes, producing approximately 80khl of beer, or more than 4.5m pints, per year. …

Asahi UK portfolio

Fuller’s London Pride, Frontier and Cornish Orchards brands have officially joined Asahi UK’s portfolio. The news follows the completion of Asahi Europe Ltd’s £250m acquisition of the Fuller’s Beer Company, the beverage and distribution business of Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC. Supported by its existing brands, including Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Asahi Super Dry, Pilsner Urquell …

BlakStok ciders

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 …

Brothers Cider

Fruit cider brand Brothers is strengthening its core range with the launch of two “unique” variants: Parma Violet and Strawberries & Cream. Described as industry firsts, the new flavours have been launched to help operators capitalise on the fruit cider category’s growing popularity amongst young consumers. With an ABV of 4%, Strawberries & Cream combines …

Adnams Wild Wave Cider

Suffolk-based brewer Adnams has unveiled its first premium flagship cider – Wild Wave. The new sparkling cider is made with 100% English apples, grown in the Malvern Hills, an area known for its natural beauty, rolling landscapes and excellent cider, and fermented with champagne and wine yeasts. Wild Wave features flavours and aromas of fresh …

Old Mout Pineapple & Raspberry

Heineken is adding a new Pineapple & Raspberry variant to its Old Mout portfolio, in a bid to capitalise on the growth of the premium flavoured cider category. According to Heineken, exotic flavours are increasing in popularity, experiencing 20% annual value growth. This is largely driven by a younger generation of consumers who are looking …

Fuller's logo

Brewer and pub operator Fuller’s has agreed to sell its entire beer, cider, soft drinks and distribution business to Asahi for a sum of £250 million. The proposed deal involves brands such as London Pride, Frontier and Cornish Orchards cider, which will join Asahi Super Dry, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Meantime under Asahi Europe ownership. …

Thatchers Rosé bottle

Thatchers Cider has launched its Rosé Cider in 500ml bottles in a bid to provide innovation in the back fridges of bars. Using a blend of naturally sweet, red dessert apples, including Pink Lady, Fuji and Gala, Thatchers Rosé is a sparkling Somerset cider. At 4.0% ABV, the cider has been launched in a 500ml …