The happenings, the whisperings, the events too good to miss - here's what's going on in Tasmanian Cider.


This weekend Cider Tasmania is launching the Tasmanian Cider Trail

May 19, 2015

This weekend Cider Tasmania will officially launch the Tasmanian Cider Trail at events in the north and south.

The Harvest Farmers Market in Launceston this Saturday (the 23rd) and the Farmgate Farmers Market in Hobart on Sunday (the 24th) will host a mini trail to get the ball rolling.

“The markets offer the perfect forum to talk about great Tasmanian Cider. All of our crafty drops are made from great Tasmanian apples, pears or in some cases cherries, grown by our local orchardists. I can’t think of a better place to launch this initiative than the two farmers markets which celebrate the very thing underpinning our great products, great fruit, grown locally. We invite everyone to come along to try some great cider and get involved.”

In the North:
Harvest Market Saturday the 23rd of May
71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston, 8.30am—12.30pm

In the South:
Farmgate Market Sunday the 24th of May
Bathurst St, from Murray – Elizabeth St: 8.30am – 1.00pm rain, hail or shine!


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.

Cider Conference:

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

Download the Brochure for more information: 2015-Batlow-Conference-Brochure


CiderFest street party:

Saturday 16th May, 2015. 10am-4pm

2015 Cox's Orange Pippin cider

Red Brick Road’s inaugural bottling day

April 27, 2015

Red Brick Road’s inaugural bottling day occurred last weekend.

Red Brick Road’s inaugural bottling day occurred last weekend.

The word on the street is that they will be releasing this batch as part of their experimental range in a few weeks after slowly ferment into sparkling, cidery deliciousness.

Keep your eye out for more updates on Red Brick Road’s 2015 Cox’s Orange Pippin cider.


Red Brick Road Ciderhouse – Ten Days on the Island

March 16, 2015

Red Brick Road Ciderhouse will be moving to the Earl Arts Centre in Launceston for Ten Days on the Island.

Red Brick Road Ciderhouse are excited to be taking part in this year’s Ten Days on the Island with their friends Princess Theatre Launceston. Join them for a cider or two in Plato’s Cave.

Also on in Pluto’s Cave is Red Brick Road’s regular events Slamduggery! on Tuesday the 24th and Übercomedy on Wednesday the 25th.

For more information visit:

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.

For more information on this event please visit:


Spreyton Cellar Door Special

March 6, 2015

Cellar door only special – $60 Cartons of 2013 Perry and 2013 Bright Cider. *RRP is $80

Due to the relaunch of Spreyton’s “Bright” Cider they have a limited amount of the old recipe that is available for purchase direct from their cidery (they can post out if necessary).

In addition they have an experimental batch of Perry (50% Pear / 50% Golden Delicious) that they also have on sale for $60. Contact the cidery for more info.

*Not for Business sales.

Cnr Sheffield and Melrose Road
Spreyton Tasmania 7310
Phone (03) 6427 3664

Opening Times:
Everyday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.



The Tasmanian Cider Trail at Festivale

February 16, 2015

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.

Alc: 5%
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.


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