The happenings, the whisperings, the events too good to miss - here's what's going on in Tasmanian Cider.
The Tasmanian Cider Trail heads to Batlow
May 12, 2015
This week the TAS Cider Trail is heading to Batlow for CiderFest.
During the Australian cider industry conference Dr Tim Jones head cider maker at Willie Smiths will be discussing what do cider makers want from Cider Apples. Karina Dambergs from a Red Brick Road Cider will be holding a masterclass alongside Dr Andrew Lea as well as offering a judges perspective of award winning cider.
Following the conference Batlow will be hosting a CiderFest street party where you will be able to drink Australia’s best ciders.
Friday, 15 May, 2015 at 9am to 5.30pm (Conference); 6pm (InCider Happy Hour)
Auditorium, Batlow RSL Club, 20-22 Pioneer Street, Batlow, NSW 2730, Australia
When: From Tuesday the 24th to Thursday the 26th of March.
Where: Plato’s Cave, just around the corner from Red Brick Road Ciderhouse in the Earl Arts Centre, Launceston.
*The Ciderhouse on Brisbane St will be closed during this event.
The Small Farms Expo
March 16, 2015
The Cider Trail will be traveling to The Small Farms Expo at Ranalagh on Sunday 22nd March.
Lynne Uptin and Clive Crossley will be setting up a gazebo with information about Red Sails Orchards and Ciders. Along with some real cider apples they have their Red Sails cider and perry to taste, sales by the glass and bottle will also be available.
During the day there will be a cider forum taking place in the information Marque from 2.15-3.15pm. This event will include talks on cider making given by Red Sails cider maker Dr Clive Crossley, and Willie Smith’s chief cider maker Tim Jones. There will be a Q&A session following.
Franks Cider and Willie Smith’s will also be at this Expo.
The Tas Cider Trail was in full effect at Festivale this year with Red Brick Road Cider taking out best other beverage!
Red Brick Road Ciderhouse, Pagan Cider, Lost Pippin, Two Metre Tall, Small Players and Inn Cider were all making the most of this fabulous Tasmanian event.
Take a walk on the bright side.
January 15, 2015
It is a new recipe we have been working on for 6 months and won a Bronze medal in the 2014 Australian Cider Awards and was awarded Best Sweet Cider at the Taste of Tasmania.
Style – Contemporary Sweet (Filtered and carbonated)
Apples: Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Jonagold.
Big fresh apple flavour, easy drinking and lightly carbonated. Modern, unashamedly sweeter style.
Pagan celebrates the Winter Feast.
June 17, 2014
Dark Mofo’s heating up, and those wildly inventive Pagans have been secretly blending up some extra-special ciders for this year’s Winter Feast extravaganza – as well as giving their Cellar Door an inspired makeover!
They’ll be debuting three cracking new ciders at the feast.
WOODY: smooth, golden, deeply oaked
BRAZILIAN: dark, chocolatey and very slinky
BALEFIRE BLUSH: a sparkling strawberry-pink beauty!
Pagan will also have their Apple and Pear varieties on tap, as well as Cherise, their yummy cherry blend. Keep a special eye out for that one – it’s got a special Tasmanian inspired twist especially for the festival.
It’s not the only Pagan to get a special makeover. Check out their Dark Mofo-inspired Cellar Door!
Tasmanian Cider Trail a model for other regions
June 12, 2014
Wine trails, they’ve captured the tourist dollar for boutique wineries and now cider makers feel it’s time they had a slice of the market. Cider Australia is encouraging cider regions to take Tasmania’s lead and set up state-based cider bodies, that can help to develop cider trails and co-ordinate festivals. President, Sam Reid says Cider Tasmania is working hard to drive cider tourism in the state.
“Working with the Tasmanian State Government, Cider Tasmania has developed the Tasmanian Cider Trail.
“What that means is we’ve got 12 different cider producers represented on a website, which gives people information about the different cider producers, information about what cider is and maps on how to get to the different cellar doors.”
He says its important cider makers work together to grow the market.
Kevin Dodds, temperate fruits officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, agrees a state-based cider body has its benefits.
He says a cider trail would work well in the Riverina Highlands, where boutique ciders are building a name.
“Locally for this region we’ve got Canberra just over the hill, we’ve got Wagga and Albury not too far away, so there’s a reasonable population on our doorstep.
“If we can attract a relatively small percentage of that population to our doorstep, to visit the region, its got positives for all stakeholders.”
ABC Riverina’s Larissa Smith interviews Sam Read and Kevin Dodds.
Can’t decide what to do for Mum this Mother’s Day?
Get in the good books early and take her out to the Spreyton Cider Co. cidery for some great tunes from Neil Gibson and, of course, great cider. We will have a sausage sizzle and other Tasmanian beer and wine available. Cheap drinks in Happy Hour (5pm – 6pm).
Come along and support local talent at a local business!
Where: Spreyton Cider Co
When: Friday May 9th 5pm to 10pm