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Ham Hill back on the Fetch The Drinks bar!

We are delighted to announce that we are now restocking Ham Hill cider!

A delicious cider, Ham Hill is crafted to be enjoyed by all, tasthttps://fetchthedrinks.com/ham-hill-back-on…h-the-drinks-bar/es of apple, and demands only curiosity and a desire for a superb drink. It’s made only from Somerset vintage cider apples, by us in Somerset. We aim to make the cider we want to drink, rich in flavour and heritage, but also refreshingly appley and smooth. We believe we’ve cracked it.

Bop Drop 5.5% – Bop drop brings traditional cider bang up to date, using classic apple varieties like Somerset Redstreak and the legendary Kingston Black. The result is an easy drinking full bodied cider, with plenty of fruit and a smooth finish.

Early Drop 6% – Our Early Drop is made from the first pressed apples of Autumn. Varieties include Morgan Sweet, Early Red Jersey and Ellis Bitter. The result is a medium cider with a fresh contemporary taste, plenty of fruit and a rich tangy finish.

Dry 6.5% – Ham Hill Dry is an award winning cider, crafted with care to let the apples speak for themselves. Over 20 Varieties are used to produce a rounded cider that is rich and deep like the tradition, yet is smooth and refreshing.

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Low Alcohol Cider at Fetch The Drinks

New to Fetch The Drinks this year is our range of low-alcohol ciders! We are currently stocking two, a ‘Classic’ Sheppy’s and ‘Holly GoLightly’ from Celtic Marches. We hope to expand these options throughout the year but to get you started you cannot go wrong with either of these.

Why low-alcohol? It’s a fast-growing lifestyle choice with more people turning to beer and cider containing less than 1.2% alcohol, creating a new market for drinks companies. Will you be giving it a go?

Sheppy’s is available in a case of 12 x 500ml bottles and the Celtic Marches comes in a 17 pint Bag in Box!

Here’s everything you need to know about these low-alcohol options…

Classic Sheppy’s 0.5%

Sheppy’s Low Alcohol Classic Cider has all the same flavour profile of their traditional cider range but with less alcohol. It is made with a carefully selected blend of Somerset’s finest traditional and dessert cider apples and is designed to be just as enjoyable as customer’s favourite Classic Draught Cider.

At just 0.5% ABV, this traditional, classic cider remains true to their cider-making heritage and methods, featuring the same base cider blends that make up our core range.

Holly GoLightly (0.5%)

A little different to the other Celtic Marches girls, Holly is a delightfully low alcohol cider.

Light, fresh and only 0.5% ABV, her low alcohol label is not to be underestimated. With plenty of body, a touch of acidity as the end note and the wonderful tannin aftertaste that only 100% pressed cider apples can give. This lady is a full flavoured medium cider with strong roots in our range.

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Happy St Davids Day – celebrate with a Welsh Cider!

Want to celebrate St Davids day the right way? Well you have come to the right place with Fetch The Drinks working with two fantastic Welsh producers and seven ciders to choose from!

Gwynt Y Ddraig

A Welsh farmhouse cider – shaped by the elements and made traditionally using freshly pressed fruit. The first Gwynt Y Ddraig cider was produced in 2001 on their South Wales farm, starting just as a hobby it soon become something much more serious.

Placing flavour and quality at the core, their range is still produced traditionally and is now world renowned, popping in 7 countries. You don’t have to leave the UK to get your hands on it though, with four of the best available at Fetch The Drinks!

Black Dragon (7.2%): The legendary black dragon. Rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh fruity aroma.

Dog Dancer (6.5%): A smooth crisp cider with a light straw colour. A medium dry, slightly sharp characteristic.

Happy Daze (4.5%): Who can resist a light, bright, fruity glass of Happy Daze? A very easy to drink medium cider.

Two Trees Perry (4.5%): A pale fruity perry with an aroma of fruit and a hint of honey on the plate.

Hallets Cider

Based at Blaengawney Farm, Hallets have take the old traditional methods of cider making from fresh cider apples and applied a new philosophy to their production, stealing a few techniques from wine makers along the way.

With three delicious ciders to choose from, a dry, medium and a sweet all basis are covered. They approach their production with the care and attention that is needed to blend fine cider that has won them acclaim from some of the most respected critics.

Blindfold (6%): their most popular cider, a blend of three classic cider apples with a citrus back-note.

Heartbreaker (7%): no nonsense cider for the connoisseur. Green apple prominent fruit flavour and slightly astringent finish; the boss’ favourite!

National Treasure (6%): full fruit flavour and a perfect partner for a pork dish.

 

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Fresh look from Dudda’s Tun!

Based in Kent, Dudda’s Tun have been producing delicious cider for ten years on the family farm that has been going since 1939!

The cider began its journey almost Almost 70 years after their family ancestors started farming at Pine Trees Farm, Rob Payne became the 5th generation to join the family business.

The fruit industry, particularly for smaller farms, is a struggling sector in UK agriculture, but Rob was determined to find a way to pay his wage and continue farming.

Making cider seemed like a natural progression. Using apples grown on the farm, Rob made his first small batch of cider in 2009 to sell at local farmers’ markets.

Now ten years later they have a hole range of delicious ciders, most of which available at Fetch The Drinks. We lover their new branding too, a first class make over for a first class product.

Which cider will you choose?

Bone Dry (5.5): A clean, crisp and full-dry cider. Made from Katy and Bramley apples – refreshing to the end!

Original (6.5%): A smooth blend of Russet, Cox & Bramley, this refined medium cider is packed full of flavour.

Sweet Apple (5.3%): Bursting with fresh picked apple flavour, this sweet cider is deliciously moreish, with soft honey notes.

Perry (5.5): A well balanced perry, with subtle honey notes. Produced from super ripe Comice pears.

Salted Caramel (4%): A perfect marriage of fresh apples and caramel, with just a hint of salt.

Apricot (4%): A delicious blend of sweet apricot and apple. Light and moreish.

 

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Six Nations Round Two – cider selection

With teams selected for the second round of the Six Nations, we too have pulled together our ciders of choice for each of the sides!

 

SCOTLAND

Thistly Cross, (un)Traditional – Scotland find themselves at the top of the table after round one, which may not be something they are used to, but victory over Ireland could leave them dreaming of the title!

This traditional cider from Thistly Cross is a perfect medium session cider. Matured for six months to give balance, smoothness and ultimate fruitiness. This cider has a fruity and aromatic nose and a golden look in the glass.

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ENGLAND

Harry’s, No. 8 – England will need another big performance from their number 8 when they take on France at Twickenham.

Harry’s no. 8 is a sweet farmhouse, but not overl so; just right for the novice cider drinker. Sit back and enjoy the ride if you are an England fan!

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WALES

Gwynt y Ddraig, Black Dragon – Wales will look to pile on the points against Italy as the Red Dragon heads to Rome. But have you tried the Black Dragon from Llantwit Fadre?

Renowned and award winning cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh, fruity aroma.

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FRANCE

Wignac, Cidre Naturel – what will you make of this cider from across the channel? To be honest it’s nothing like their rugby side, CONSISTENTLY flamboyant and delicious!

Medium dry blend of 65% cider and 35% eating apples.

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IRELAND

Bottle Kicking, Scrambler – the Irish have been left scrambling for answers following an all conquering 2018.

The Scrambler is a medium dry, intense gold and slightly hazy cider. Can Ireland find some intensity at Murrayfield, or will they be left feeling slight hazy once more?

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Welcome back ,Worley’s!

Worley’s are a cider maker based in Somerset UK, producing delicious cider from heritage cider apples that they press themselves.

Their ciders are very drinkable, blended to be perfectly balanced whether it’s still or sparkling; dry, medium or sweet.

At Fetch The Drinks we have four of their real ciders on offer in 35 pint bag in boxes, perfect for a party or to keep you going throughout the month!


Often being pressed as Autumn really sets itself towards Winter, the fruit has usually been quietly maturing in cool orchard grass for a while before we get our hands on it.

The resulting cider includes lots of smooth tannins and is blended with lighter, sharper juice to produce a bright and fruity Dry cider.

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Made from the deep, dark and mysterious apples that mature right at the end of the harvest season.

Often being pressed as Autumn really sets itself towards Winter, the fruit has usually been quietly maturing in cool orchard grass for a while before they get their hands on it.

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Their Red Hen won Taste of the West’s Champion Cider for 2017 and picked up the same award back in 2015.

Offered as a Medium, the two main characteristics of this cider are fruity apple and spice. This is a very similar blend to what they use for their popular bottled Premium Vintage cider.

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This is a Sweet cider, and comes across as an ‘Eastern style’ cider or a white wine. Light and low-ABV, with bags of fruit and mellow balanced sharpness.

A powerful fruity character is ensured by using only 100% apple juice in every batch.

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Tryanuary – we’ve got a cider for that!

Start 2019 right and try something new year to kick start your year! We have a fantastic range of real ciders, sourced from all over the country.

The only dry January we want to be hearing about is one that involves a lot of Dry Cider.

 

Mad Jack (5%) – Cockeyed CiderCockeyed Cider - Mad Jack 5% 20 litre Bag in Box

A delicious dry, clear cider with a refreshing crisp taste. Made in deepest, darkest Devon.

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Old Kirton (6.7%) – Sandford Orchards
A dry crisp cider, straw pressed on traditional single screw press.

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Farmhouse Cider (6.5%) – Hecks
The Hecks family have been making traditional Somerset cider for six generations.

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Silly Ewe (6%) – Gwatkins
Set on a working farm in Abbey Dore, this dry cider, light brown in colour has a delicious oak and apple aroma.

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Old Harry Rocks (6%) – Dorset Nectar
A mature, vintage cider packed with character celebrating Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

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Badger’s Spit (7.5%) – Chants Cider
A dry traditional, natural cloudy, hazy gold and well-balanced with a tart finish.

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Farmhouse (6%) – Moons Cider
Made on Woodbine Farm Glastonbury by new young cider maker Tom Moon – a dry traditional cider.

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What will be your choice this January?

 

Product in Focus – Hogan’s Mulled Cider

It’s getting a little bit chilly outside but we have just the cider to get you through these darker months!

Mulled wine is the traditional warm drink of choice during this time of year, but mulled cider is the ‘in’ drink now.

This product from Hogan’s could be just what you need to keep your friends and family smiling during the Christmas period, a delicious cider that tastes even better when heated up.

Hogan’s cider is a traditional, slightly cloudy, still English cider, and as with all of their products it is fermented from only 100% fresh pressed English cider apples. No concentrate is used to create this product and no sugars are added prior to fermentation.

Combines an award winning cider with coriander, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, caraway, cloves, allspice and cardamom to give an irresistible warming, spicy flavour, like Christmas in a glass!

What are you waiting for, order your 35 pint box below…

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Give the gift of cider this Christmas

Give the gift of cider this Christmas with our delicious box of winter warmers. And at this time of giving we have even thrown in delivery completely free! Enjoy two bottles of each of these festive ciders with our 12 bottle case, or choose the 6 bottle case.

What can your loved ones expect in their stocking?

Twisted: Dark Spice – Perfect for winter and packed with flavour to be enjoyed on these cold blustery evenings. Served hot or cold.

Garden Cider: Plum and Ginger – Made entirely from donated community apples, 100% fresh apple juice, naturally fermented and matured 6 months. Blended with natural Plum juice and Ginger extract.

Cotswold Cider: Blow Horn -Whole chai spices go into making this medium cider a unique and refreshing revelation, awakening senses you didn’t know you had.

Thistly Cross: Whisky Cask – Matured in ex-Glen Moray (previously Glenglassaugh Distillery) whisky casks this is a dry & subtle cider. Infused with mellow, vanilla oak of the cask.

Tutts Clump: Rum Cask – Fermented and matured in oak rum barrels. May be enjoyed on any occasion to accompany a meal or on its own.

Saxby’s: Mulled Cider – When it’s cold outside, Saxby’s Mulled Cider is perfect! Just heat it gently to release the appley flavour and rich, spicy aromas of cardamom, cinnamon and star anise. It’s also great served cold, when added to Prosecco for a festive drink.

October – a special month

CAMRA promotes Cider & Perry in May & October.

Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider & perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and pear trees found in orchards around the country.

October is a very active time for cider makers, especially for those who make only a small amount of cider.  Harvest time for cider fruit is roughly from September to November and by October production is in full flow.

May on the other hand is when the orchards bloom and begin producing the fruit which will be harvested in October. It is also when cider and perry produced in the previous year reaches maturity and can start being enjoyed.

CAMRA promotes real cider and perry all year round but May & October, given their relationship to the traditional production cycle are focal points.

(From the CAMRA website)

 

5% OF SALES TO LUPUS UK

To combine with Cider & Perry month, Fetch The Drinks will also be donating 5% of all monthly sales to Lupus UK. The boss was recently diagnosed with Lupus at the back end of last year and since then a number of the team have taken on fund raising activities to raise awareness for the amazing work the charity are currently undertaking and striving to take on, including the Great North Run and a 24 hour Durham to London cycle ride. This month is also their awareness month so seemed an appropriate opportunity to combine two … close to our hearts, cider and Lupus.