Sussex Cider Festival Review 2015

Sussex Cider Festival Review 2015

Posted on March 24, 2015 by .

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Ahh, Springtime in Sussex – can only mean one thing – the largest cider and beer event on the South Coast – The Sussex Cider and Beer Festival. It was my pleasure this year to be on the judging panel for the regional ciders that were submitted by 16 cider makers across the counties of […]

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Real Cider Vs. Wine – Aspall’s  Event @ Stanmer House

Real Cider Vs. Wine – Aspall’s Event @ Stanmer House

Posted on March 17, 2015 by .

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We don’t need an excuse to visit the beautiful and grand venue of Stanmer House, near Brighton. It’s based in Stanmer village which has an old Sussex feel, a great start, or finish to an adventure in the South Downs National Park. My wife and I attended an evening at Stanmer House hosted by the […]

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New Cider Duty – £2,500 year EU Tax for Small Scale Cider Makers

New Cider Duty – £2,500 year EU Tax for Small Scale Cider Makers

Posted on March 4, 2015 by .

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Since the 1976 Budget which brought cider into the alcohol duty schedule. The exemption, has served the cider resurgence well and has helped create a wonderful collection of regional ciders. The European Commission recently notified the UK Govt that the 7000L Duty Exemption currently utilised by small-scale real craft cider and perry producers contravenes EU […]

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Historic Taunton Cider Equipment for Sale

Historic Taunton Cider Equipment for Sale

Posted on February 26, 2015 by .

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I have been asked by a reclamation expert to advertise some truly collectable, and historic Old Taunton cider equipment. He would like to keep it within Somerset, where it is located and has been used for many years. Please contact him directly to find out more information about the pieces, and to receive a full set of […]

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Sam Willis on the history of cider

Sam Willis on the history of cider

Posted on February 26, 2015 by .

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Sam Willis interviews Dr Richard Stone on the history of cider. At Sandford Orchards in Devon, where Richard often uses 17th-century techniques to make cider, the pair discuss how the champagne method came from cider in the 1630s, and how it was once considered our patriotic duty to drink cider.

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What is a Micropub?

What is a Micropub?

Posted on December 21, 2014 by .

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A Micropub is a very small, one room public house. The concept is attributed to publican Martyn Hillier and his pub, The Butchers Arms, in Herne, Kent, England. Each pub offers their own unique twist but they all stay true to the winning micropub formula: … a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly […]

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