Welcome to the latest edition of the news from the brews, this month we’re bringing news from the brew house and the cider press. Eagle eyed Purity and Westons Cider fans will have seen we have been busy over the last few months collaborating to bring an exciting new cider; Pure Hopped! Our new cider is a craft cider made with a 100% fresh apple juice from Herefordshire and a dash of the finest Target hops from Worcestershire. Pure hopped cider adds genuine innovation to the growing craft cider market.
Pure Hopped is made with locally sourced cider apples from Herefordshire and Target hops from Stocks Farm in Worcestershire, before being gently matured for up to 6 months in Westons own oak vats. The result is a beautifully balanced and smooth drinking cider with a naturally hazy appearance. Sweet undertones compliment the subtle citrus and hop flavours leaving a refreshingly dry finish.
Pure Hopped is the result of a chance conversation on the annual hop walk at Worcestershire’s Stocks Farm. During the walk our MD Paul Halsey spoke to the farm’s owner and British hop advocate, Ali Capper, about the hopped ciders he had tried in the United States. With a glint in her eye, Ali took Paul to the Target hop bines and instantly Paul knew that Ali ‘got it’.
After discussing the idea with Westons Guy Lawrence, the 5th generation cider maker, they set out to create a unique blend of 100% cider apples ideally suited to the Target hops from Stocks Farm. Two weeks later they poured two glasses straight from the tap and a perfect collaboration was born – a balanced cider with a citrus hop twist.
Our founder Paul explains his excitement on Pure Hopped “We are in an age of true innovation in the drinks sector. At Purity we are proud to have been at the forefront of the craft beer movement in the UK throughout the past 10 years and are delighted to be working with Westons on our latest collaboration. Hopped cider is something I came across in the US and ever since my first pint I have been going on about these ciders to Flo & his team to see what we could do. Since that trip to Portland in the States I have wanted to create one. Combining the expertise of Westons and the innovation of Purity has led us to create a premium craft cider of the finest quality.”
Pure Hopped Cider is a great match for slow roasted apple and cinnamon glazed belly pork with buttered leeks and duck fat roast potatoes. Pure Hopped Cider is out now and available from our brewery shop and http://www.bottleshack.uk/cider-and-perry?product_id=275