Crafty Nectar, a London based startup, today announced the launch of www.craftynectar.com a monthly subscription company that is tapping into the craft cider revolution, giving cider lovers access to unique, artisan ciders, from across the UK. They deliver craft ciders straight to your desk or door.
Over the last few years craft beers exploded in popularity. Today, the same thing is happening with cider. Forget the ‘craft beer movement’ the craft cider revolution has arrived. No longer just for old men with large sideburns, it’s a drink that is fresh, vibrant and full of complex flavours – much like wine. Despite the drop in on-trade commercial ciders, growth in 2015 of the premium, craft cider market is strong, with the category worth almost £729m as consumers are looking beyond mainstream ciders.
It’s clear that people are bored of the tasteless and faceless mass market cider brands and have a growing desire to experience cider unlike anything you find in supermarkets or mainstream pubs. However, it’s not easy to get your hands on real craft cider, which is where Crafty Nectar provides a solution.
Crafty Nectar connects consumers with producers and gives UK craft cider the national platform it deserves. They make it easy for small batch producers who traditionally sell only to local pubs and farm shops, to reach a far wider audience, allowing customers to discover unique, interesting, and hard to find craft ciders from the comfort of their homes.
Why Craft Cider?
Did you know Strongbow doesn’t have enough apple content to be a real cider? According to the organisation CAMRA (The Campaign For Real Ale) most mass produced ciders such as Strongbow and Magners don’t have enough fruit juice to class as a real cider. However, research indicates that consumers are increasingly motivated by premium craft ciders – seeking new experiences and better quality ciders. This means that small-batch and local ciders are gaining traction in the market. Even major brands like Heineken are now experimenting with more traditional styles with the launch of their Blind Pig Craft Cider.
Crafty Nectar are capturing the growth and enthusiasm for cider in the traditional and premium cider market. All Crafty Nectar’s expert selected ciders are made in the traditional way with the finest apples: with no artificial ingredients or flavourings in our bottles. Every box contains 6 different ciders in 500ml bottles and many have won regional, national and even international awards such as delicious International Gold Award winning Apple County Dabinett.
Founder Ed Calvert commented, “I come from rural Dorset and have grown up drinking a wealth of great cider, and when I moved to London in 2013 I was shocked by the limited amount of good quality craft cider available in pubs across the Capital. Just like craft beer there is a real thirst for ciders that have provenance and heritage and we’re seeing people reject mainstream brands. People have a genuine interest in where their drink comes from and how it is made – they want to know it’s the real thing. There is an inescapable excitement currently around cider products with craftsmanship and character. How better to do it than deliver cider right to cider lovers’ doors each month?”
Since launching in November, Crafty Nectar already has an online community of 27,000 cider lovers – enough to fill Lord’s Cricket Ground. NotOnTheHighStreet has recently partnered with the company to fill a ‘gap in the market’ and meet the demand for cider gift products on their site. CEO Ed Calvert is now in talks with investors and is setting out to raise a Seed Round for further expansion this Spring. How do you like them apples?
About Crafty Nectar
Crafty Nectar was founded in November 2015 by Ed Calvert, a young entrepreneur from Dorset. He is backed by advisors James Waddington (Vizified) and Tony McWilliam (Faction Skis).
For more information here’s a link to their web site http://www.craftynectar.com/]]>
Once again ales will focus on South London Microbrewers, including Brick Brewery, Late Knights, By The Horns, Brockley Brewing Co, Clarkshaws, Sambrooks, The Cronx and Hop stuff.
The BBQ will offer Hotdogs, Burgers, Pulled Pork and grilled Chicken (all meats supplied by Ginger pig), vegitarian options, salads and our focaccia freshly made and baked in the pub. The Solid Steel Band will be entertaining guests throughout the day.
Entry is free all day from 12pm to 1am.
The Miller is run by the team behind East London pub The Sebright Arms.
All Cider and Perry will be £3 a pint.
Brick Brewery*Late knights*By The Horns*Brockley Brewing Co*Anspach and Hobday* Clarkshaws*Hop stuff* More TBC
Cider & Perry Producers:
Abrahalls*Berry Farm * Biddenden Vineyard * Bollhayes * Bridge Farm * Broadoak
Broom Farm * Burrow Hill * Butford Farm * Cornish Gold * Dorset Nectar *
Double Vision * Dunkertons * Glebe Farm * Grays * Green Valley * Gwatkins
Gwynt y Ddraig * Hancocks *Hallets*Hecks * London Glider* Newtons * Oliver’s
Raglan * Rich’s * Rosie’s * Severn cider * Springfield * Thistly Cross*Welsh Mountain* More TBC
When – Saturday 26th July, 12 noon – 1am
Where – The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London. SE1 3SS
Web link: http://www.themiller.co.uk
Mortimer’s Orchard star marquee is the place to be at this year’s Taste of London, Regents Park 18-22 June. Whether you want to attend a tutored tasting by one of Weston’s master blenders or get down at the only Silent Disco in town; or you just want to take a load off and wash down the incredible flavours of Taste of London with a crisp and refreshing medium dry cider, rich in tradition and flavour, delivered straight from Weston’s Cider Mill in Herefordshire. We look forward to seeing you there, for more info follow @MortimersOrch.
Web link: http://www.mortimersorchard.co.uk/
A 5% grapefruit India pale ale, Forbidden Fruit features hop #1391, a brand new English variety, grown this year by Charles Faram hop merchants in Worcester. With expert involvement from renowned beer writer and sommelier, Melissa Cole, the beer’s citrus notes are enhanced with the addition of extra pink grapefruit to make a golden coloured and aromatic refreshing pale ale.
Chris Ives, Ilkley Brewery’s managing director and head brewer, said:
“However, importing these hops has often been to the detriment of British hop growers so we were delighted when Charles Faram asked Ilkley Brewery to trial brew with hop #1391 and explore the potential of this promisingly aromatic new variety. Results so far have been great which hopefully means this exciting hop will be grown more extensively next year.”
The brewers, along with Ashcott’s Ordnance City Brewery, are among a group of brewers from the region who are set to represent the south west at the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) Christmas conference.
Holly Frampton, of Ordnance City Brewery will be driving to Brussels in a van loaded with beers from across the south west. She will meet up with Bret Ellis and Andrew Cooper from Wild Beer and they will present their ales.
In a statement, the MEPs said:
A run of 3,000 bottles of the black and amber branded “Tigers’ Pride” has been produced to help fans celebrate the HCOSC milestone and will go on sale in the run up to the festive period. The name for the amber coloured beer came following a request by HCOSC to its members to come up with a suitable title for a commemorative beer.
The 4.1% session bitter which is light amber in colour has been brewed by the award winning Great Newsome Brewery which recently won the title for its Frothingham Best of ‘World’s Best Bitter up to 5%’ in the World Beer Awards. Tigers’ Pride will be on sale from numerous outlets including directly from Great Newsome Brewery, Tigers Leisure at the KC Stadium and online through Yorkshireales.co.uk.
Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery, said
“Like many other Hull City fans I am looking forward to raising a glass of Tigers’ Pride to Steve Bruce and the boys over the festive period”
Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, this was the first Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards – which recognises the best and most innovative manufacturers from across the region. 170 business leaders gathered to celebrate a strong year for Yorkshire manufacturers, all of whom were praised by Insider Media’s managing director, Marlen Roberts for their “hard work, creativity and excellence”.
The Food and Drink Manufacturer of the Year award is for the food and drink company deemed by the judges to be the most impressive, taking in to account innovation, commercial success and business development, along with use of Yorkshire products where appropriate.
Richard Abbott, editor of Yorkshire Business Insider, which organised the awards, said:
Speaking about the brewery’s win, Chris Ives, Ilkley Brewery’s managing director, said:
“We are immensely proud of our Yorkshire heritage: it’s something we continue to celebrate in our beers, through our brand and in our day-to-day operations. To be able to share this with customers who stretch from Teesside to Tennessee, is really quite amazing and I hope we are able to continue this level of growth for many years to come.”
The off-licence chain now has 209 craft beers on sale across its 34 stores – with local brews accounting for 40% of beer sales.
It is now launching its own craft ale called Oddbins No.1. The beer is made by the East London Brewing Company and will be available from the start of December.
Oddbins No.1 is a limited-edition winter ale infused with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, orange peel, nutmeg and vanilla.
Ayo Akintola, Managing Director of Oddbins, said that Oddbins would continue to increase its range of locally made beers and was seeking further collaborations with craft brewers in 2014.
The firm currently works with around 50 beer and cider producers, including London Fields, East London Brewing, Pressure Drop Brewing, Rocky Head, Cromarty Brewing, Fyne Ales and Beavertown. Oddbins now has 209 craft beers on sale across its branch network, with local brews accounting for 40% of all beer sold in its stores.]]>
Thomas’s special edition Triple Chocolate Stout Christmas Pudding has been given a “modern twist” with a generous glug of the Saltaire’s Triple Chocoholic stout, which combines chocolate malts with cocoa and chocolate essence, as well as high-cocoa content chocolate nibs.
Michelin-starred Yorkshire chef Jeff Baker is responsible for giving Thomas’s classic Christmas pudding recipe which has been used by the Bakery for the last 70 years a makeover, with the addition of a generous helping of Saltaire Brewery’s ‘Triple Chocoholic Stout’ and Belgian chocolate chips.
Jeff says he and the Thomas the Baker team did five or six trials before they achieved pudding perfection.
Tony Gartland Saltaire Brewery MD
All that changed in October 2013 when Loose Cannon scooped an astonishing 2 Golds and a Bronze for the three ales entered in the SIBA Midlands region annual beer festival held in Nottingham. Their Abingdon Bridge received Gold in the Best Bitters category, Gunners Gold – named in honour of local hero Stan Bradford DFM scored another Gold in the Standard Bitters category and their Bombshell Summer ale netted a very respectable Bronze in the Bottled Gold Beers category.
‘We are, like so many new brewers, justifiably proud of products’ – Will Laithwaite owner and head brewer – but to receive accolades like this from SIBA the society established to represent and support us all in the UK is a fantastic affirmation that we are doing the right thing’.
The secret to Loose Cannon’s steady growth it seems has been their conviction to establish a core range of ales and avoid the temptation of becoming a limited run individual brew company.
‘Avoiding the market of singular ‘one-off’ or rapidly changing monthly brews has meant that we can develop our skills in producing a consistent product with a long market-life’ continued Will – ‘this can be readily seen in the winning of these awards. We can also devote more energy to developing our next ales in more detail and with confidence of their integrity as standalone products’.
Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, former home of the much missed Morlands Brewery, Loose cannon have developed a fervent following amongst landlords, locals and former brewery employees. Their monthly brewery tours have seen visits from local dignatories, former Morland employees amongst whom the creator of ‘Old Speckled Hen’ now a keen fan of Loose Cannons ‘Abingdon Bridge’ and even the Bishop of Reading who has been kind enough to bless the brewery.
‘The tours have become a hugely enjoyable part of our business’ Will continued ‘in truth we never know who will be visiting and everyone brings an interesting story to our brewery’. Indeed following a visit by a member of the local Bomb Disposal Regiment, 11 EOD based in Didcot, Loose Cannon have rebranded their Bombshell Ale to incorporate the units emblem on the bottle. ‘Being part of our local community means that we also have a role to play in supporting it’. At the recent homecoming parade for troops returning from Afghanistan attended by HRH Princess Anne Commander in Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps, Loose Cannon provided their Bombshell ale for the Soldiers and by all accounts received to date the beer has now converted many Lager drinkers away from their usual tipple. Proving the fact that real ale in this country is growing in popularity once again.
What does the future hold for Loose Cannon?
‘With the ongoing support of SIBA, helping us reach new markets the future is looking bright here at Loose Cannon. We are working on a Boutique beer range to help develop our online sales, again once developed this will be a permanent feature. Our aim is to run 3 permanent ales, 4 seasonal and we will look at developing a further range of ales drawing upon the depth of history of brewing in the UK’s oldest town’.
We are even thinking about buying a Cannon. Which could be a lot of fun.]]>